Words are things, and a small drop of ink
falling like dew upon a thought
produces that which makes
thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Lord Byron, 1788-1824
words for prayer words for play
for the faith and frolic of our day
for the politician's power quest
words chosen thought to be best
words that conjure thoughts of freedom, the held ideal
words to affirm a continued and favored appeal
words of the lovers passionate and sweet
to assure affectionate embraces when they do meet
words to praise and hold gratitude true
gems and jewels when bestowed upon you
words of inspiration holding to nature's grace
to bring us to another time another place
words of faith, vision and quest
within each held life's behest
the poet's game to choose words well
to touch those chambers where heart and soul dwell.
Rose Marie Raccioppi
Orangetown, New York
Signed and dated on the book at the centre: Johannes / de Heem / Fecit Anno / 1628.
This signed, Still life with books and a violin, of 1628 dates from the Leiden period of Jan Davidsz de Heem, generally regarded as one of the most important and multifaceted still-life painters of the Golden Age. De Heem painted six further still lifes with books while in Leiden, where he had settled in or before 1625.
The book page title is the name of a play: Rodd'rick ende Alphonsus, A play first performed in 1611, written by Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero (March 16, 1585 – August 23, 1618) a Dutch poet and playwright in the period known as the Dutch... Golden Age.
So here we have an artist featuring a playwright and a musical instrument... indeed the celebration of the arts!! As an artist and a poet, I am particularly fond of this complement of the arts.