Saturday, June 13, 2009

So Brief

So brief and yet eternal
The sun that rises and sets
The tides that ebb and flow
The sands that shift
The moon that waxes and wanes
The winds across the sea
The life that once was
So brief and yet eternal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Fishermen at Sea, Oil on canvas, Exhibited 1796, Joseph Mallord William Turner, British, 1775-1851, ©Tate, London National Gallery of Art.


  1. I love the contrast of the brief yet eternal life, especially as you bring us to that at the end of the poem. Your musings on life cause me to be mindful of the brevity and of the life to come. Thank you for my morning dose.

  2. I love the painting that goes with this. The poem is a nice reminder that every action we take (though it may be brief) can have a lasting effect.

  3. Karen, What was, ever is. Spirit endures. I trust this is why art, music, abide.

    Ashley, Turner is a master in capturing the essence and beauty of atmosphere and mood. I too, hold this work in great favor.

  4. majestic from the picture to the words.