Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Homage To Blue

Blue Train, John Coltrane, Blue Note Records

Blue Nude, Picasso

Blue Nude - Matisse

Album cover for Blue, Joni Mitchell Reprise Records, 1971

Blue...songs are like tatoos, you know I've been to sea before
Crown and anchor me or let me sail away..
~ Joni Mitchell

Amerian Heritage Dictionary


blue (blōō) Pronunciation Key n.
The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between green and indigo, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 420 to 490 nanometers; any of a group of colors that may vary in lightness and saturation, whose hue is that of a clear daytime sky; one of the additive or light primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.

Blue Iris

"Now that I'm free to be myself, who am I?
Can't fly, can't run and see how slowly I walk.

Well, I think, I can read books.

"What's that you're doing?"
the green-headed fly shouts as it buzzes past.

I close the book.

Well, I can write down words, like these, softly.

"What's that you're doing?" whispers the wind, pausing
in a heap just outside the window.

Give me a little time, I say back to its staring, silver face.
It doesn't happen all of a sudden, you know.

"Doesn't it?" says the wind, and breaks open, releasing
its distillation of blue iris.

And my heart panics not to be, as I long to be,
the empty, waiting, pure, speechless receptacle.

-Mary Oliver


  1. This is, every letter and pixel of it, bluetiful.

  2. this comment came to me via email:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. For some mysterious reason, most of the time, I cannot comment on blogger. Something wrong with my PC setting.
    I just visited your blog, and it is funny as I had saved a few images to make sometime a "blue" post! I do have by the way this Joni Mitchel record.:)
    Banksy seem to be the painter of our century, as much for his messages than his "illegal" way of doing it. Decency seems almost "illegal" these days.
    I might not be able to comment often on your blog, I just wanted to tell you that I'll be visiting it from now on.

  3. Wow. That piece held me so tight I thought I was suffocating.

    Thank you for sharing.

    I used to have Cunning Runt on my sidebar, I now have you and thanks to that I again have RunningCunt, and I got an email from Homeyra, just this past week, too. The butterfly effect is working... it would seem...


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