I have a King, who does not speak —
So — wondering — thro’ the hours meek
I trudge the day away —
Half glad when it is night, and sleep,
If, haply, thro’ a dream, to peep
In parlors, shut by day.

And if I do — when morning comes —
It is as if a hundred drums
Did round my pillow roll,
And shouts fill all my Childish sky,
And Bells keep saying ‘Victory’
From steeples in my soul!

And if I don’t — the little Bird
Within the Orchard, is not heard,
And I omit to pray
‘Father, thy will be done’ today
For my will goes the other way,
And it were perjury!

~Emily Dickinson

Joan of Arc (1992) (Jennifer Warnes)

Woman Peeling Apple (1667) (Cornelis Bisschop)

Woman Peeling Apple (1667) (Cornelis Bisschop)

Our House (1970) (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) [buy] / Hobo’s Lullaby (1988) (Emmylou Harris) [buy]

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What Hemingway wanted—both as he-man and as androgyne—was a lasting intimate connection that did not require him to be a separate individual person—something no one can have. Virginia Woolf, in a review that infuriated him, perceived the price he paid for his wish. Hemingway’s characters, she said, are like people overheard in a restaurant talking in rapid slang, ‘because slang is the speech of the herd.’ Those who speak it are ‘seemingly much at their ease, and yet if we look at them a little from the shadow not at their ease at all, and, indeed, terribly afraid of being themselves.’

~Edward Mendelson [source]

Sylvie (1990) (Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Still-Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses (c. 1890) (Paul Cézanne)

Still-Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses (c. 1890) (Paul Cézanne)

Proverb (1995) (Steve Reich) [Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier; Steve Reich Ensemble] [buy]

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God Knows Where I Am - Rachel Aviv

Pretty Bird (2008) (Jenny Lewis) [buy]