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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

While the mountain rains....


A Norwegian Fjord by Moonlight
Knud (Andraessen) Baade 1808-1879

You ask me when I'm coming, I do not know
It's Autumn and the night rain
has drenched the mountain pool.
When can we trim wicks again by the window?
When can we talk all night
while the mountain rains?

Night-rain letter north
Li Shang Yin c.813-858
translation: Francis Chin

11 comments:

steven said...

alaine - i can imagine myself on that tattered looking sailboat, turning the corner into who knows what foggy murkiness. lovely words and a mournful painting. steven

Susan said...

What a gorgeous painting! I hadn't heard of that artist before. His work reminds me of Bierstadt. The poem is very nice also and goes so well with the image.

Susan said...

Your header is fantastic! Love the smile!

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine,

Lovely, atmospheric poetry. A super humorous new header too; an amazing grouping to snap!

Alaine said...

Hi Steven, a trip fraught with danger, you think? The unknown is always full of possibilities, is it not? Thanks for visiting, bright friend!

Alaine said...

Susan...you know, I thought of Bierstadt too, when I saw it. The header shot is gorgeous, isn't it - not my photography, though.

Alaine said...

Derrick...the header, yes, I just had to have it! I love prose that makes you think; imagine their lives back in the 9th century...

Vagabonde said...

A truly beautiful painting and a bit scary – we are going to visit the Norwegian Fjords this summer – I hope it will be sunny! Thanks for coming to my blog – I answered you, but in case you don’t see it this is what I wrote: " So you are going to spend two days in Milan, Italy? Yes I have been there. I don’t have much room here to talk but first I would take an airport shuttle from the Malpensa airport to the center of town (50 min.) There are 4 metro lines to get around but you can tour the historic center on foot. It is a very stylish city so I would not wear sneakers and jeans, more dark and conservative clothes. The most important site is the Duomo – an elaborate and gothic cathedral, the 2nd largest catholic cathedral in the world. You can go to the top and have a magnificent view – but watch out for pick-pockets. When I went there I left my camera unattended for a few seconds – and it was gone. Go to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a magnificent covered shopping arcade built in the late 80s. Also walk along the Via Monte Napoleone, where all the beautiful shops are and gaze. If you can, attend an opera at il Teatro alla Scala – depending on the date you are in Milan in November, they are playing Carmen in early November – check their website: http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html . You should visit the Pinacoteca di Brera ("Brera Art Gallery") which has a foremost collection of Italian art – it was formerly a convent and has a charming inside garden. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper is in Milan – but you have to book tickets well in advance to view it (I expect you can do this on the Net.) Many shops close between 12 and 3 in Italy and restaurants close during the afternoon, so watch the time. You’ll have a wonderful time in Milan – bring some warm clothes as it is in north Italy.

Alaine said...

Hello Vagabonde, thank you so much for your lengthy reply which gives me a good idea of where to head. We are also visiting Oslo but won't see much of that either. Thankfully we have friends in both cities to guide us. Happy planning your next trip; travelling is well and truly in your heart! xa

Susie Hemingway said...

Your beautiful page always a pleasure to visit here and calm my soul.
I love the stunning painting and the wonderful verse matches so well together. Thank you.

Alaine said...

Susie...Thankyou for coming by and your kind words. Your poetry does the same for me; will visit soon. xa