A Tree is Growing...
Updated: Oct 12
This is perhaps cheating somewhat, but I'm not feeling entirely well today, so in place of a sketch, I thought I would share this print I made a couple of years ago. Here it is printed on a thin rusty orange homemade paper:
A friend once shared a poem with me by the Orkney poet George Mackay Brown. It was a poem written for her daughter, Emma. In it is the line:
A tree is growing That will be a tall mast
Such a hopeful phrase, in the context of a poem filled with light and promise, and it does indeed
resonate with the image.
Here is the whole poem:
A New Child: ECL George Mackay Brown I Wait a while, small voyager On the shore, with seapinks and shells. The boat Will take a few summers to build. That you must make your voyage in. II You will learn the names. That golden light is ‘sun’ – ‘moon’ The silver light That grows and dwindles. And the beautiful small splinters That wet the stones, ‘rain’. III There is a voyage to make, A chart to read, But not yet, not yet. ‘Daisies’ spill from your fingers. The night daisies are ‘stars’. IV The keel is laid, the strakes Will be set, in time. A tree is growing That will be a tall mast All about you, meantime The music of humanity, The dance of creation: Scored on the chart of the voyage. V The stories, legends, poems Will be woven to make your sail. You may hear the beautiful tale of Magnus Who took salt on his lip. Your good angel Will be with you on that shore. VI Soon the voyage of EMMA To Tir-Nan-Og and beyond. VII Star of the Sea, shine on her voyage.
Like many, I've been so distracted by the terrible situation between Israel and Palestine. It's sometimes hard to think of continuing with normal everyday life when these things are happening in the world. As one friend said, it's another low point for humanity.
Perhaps I will end up drawing something later which may be my small act of normality in the midst of such craziness.
And while the sapling that was planted in place of the large felled sycamore had to be taken away by the National Trust, that was surely a well meaning act of hope.
I am reminded of the classic quote by Martin Luther:
'Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.'
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