Saturday, December 22, 2007

I prefer winter.

Pennsylvania Landscape, 1941 by Andrew Wyeth

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape -- the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth


Scott K. said...

I think Wyeth was on to something there. It reminds me of something Vigen Guroian, an Eastern Orthodox theologian and avid gardener, wrote:

"We have spoiled Christmas--maybe lost it--because we have forgotten the meaning of Advent: of the light that comes into the darkness, of our need to repent and prepare ourselves to receive the true gift. Advent is a time to let our old used-up sinful selves die into the earth like the crumpled cornstalks in my garden. Let the reaper come and cut me down, and I will fall to the ground.

In our race to capture just a piece of manufactured happiness we have forgotten that in this captive world the other side of real joy is sorrow. There is dying in the birth of Christ, as there is also birth in his death. Advent and Christmas are about just this..."

-- from "Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening"

Lindsay said...

I think i may be a semantics snob.

Yvonne said...

awesome quote.
thanks for your comment.