The Art of Spring

Pussy Willows at Grounds for Sculpture ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

Monday Morning Musings:

We walk under an azure sky, a dream
of golden glow and light-sprayed air
where color blooms,

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

drifts in the air, swinging, winging
on elegant peacock wings, it slides to the ground
and bobbing, red hen-headed says

look at me,
and we do and see

we are sun-drinking, blinking in the spring light
uncorked, afloat, soaking in warmth and wine, awakened

to the possibilities of time, and aware of the artlessness
of nature’s art. Nothing can compare—

and there is no way to counterfeit a spring day. But words
can remind me to recall the mockingbird’s song, the dazzling shimmer
of sunlight on blue water, and the way we laughed,

Shimmers and swirls. Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield, ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

and how I drank deeply love and laughter, the color of garnets, glowing
in the setting sun.

William Heritage Winery

Today it is cold and windy, but last week, we had some perfect, beautiful spring days. Spring is definitely capricious. It’s still the pandemic, but we actually got out to some new venues, while remaining safe and socially distant. We sat outside at William Heritage Vineyards, where the chickens were walking about and looking for handouts. We visited Grounds for Sculpture on the most beautiful day.

Merril’s Movie/Theater/TV Club: We watched the Lantern Theater’s production of The Craftsman. This is an excellent play by Bruce Graham and a well-done production. (We saw it in the theater, too.) You can still buy tickets to stream it. It’s based on the true story of Han van Meegeren, who was prosecuted in the Netherlands for selling art to Nazis, particularly Vermeers. It turns out the van Meegeren painted the works himself. The play has a lot to say about art, art criticism, the law, and collaboration with enemies. We also finished the Belgian mystery The Break (Netflix), which we both enjoyed.

33 thoughts on “The Art of Spring

  1. ‘Nothing can compare—

    and there is no way to counterfeit a spring day.’

    So true, but this looks like a perfect spring day at the sculpture park! It’s so nice to get out and do something different, isn’t it?

  2. Love this! And look at you not wearing coats! (As I put on my layers to go out for my walk, shivering in anticipation… ugh.)
    What fabulous sculptures those are… Fun, fun, fun,

    • Thank you, Dale! We were very lucky. Doug was off that day AND the temperature went up into the mid-70s F! Today when I went out, the wind was blowing and it was in the 20s. I had on my coat, scarf, and hat! Grounds for Sculpture is so much fun! And it’s pretty, too, as you can see. In non-pandemic times, you can also eat at a café or fancier restaurant that looks out over the water.

  3. I enjoyed the photos, some of which I haven seen on your Facebook page.

    One of the poses looks like Cliff and me reclining – not Manet “Dejeuner sur l’Herbe” piece though. Ha!

    • I might post them in an album on FB, but I haven’t yet. Thank you for clarifying that that it wasn’t you and Cliff in the Manet. Of course, you’d have on red heels. 😏

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