Monthly Archive: July 2014

Shine, Perishing Republic

Artist: ROA  |  Location: 1501 W. Main St., Richmond, VA

Artist: ROA | Location: 1501 W. Main St., Richmond, VA

Shine, Perishing Republic

A poem by Robinson Jeffers, 1925

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire

And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens,

I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rots to make earth.

Out of the mother; and through the spring exultances, ripeness and decadence; and home to the mother.

You making haste haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it stubbornly long or suddenly

A mortal splendor: meteors are not needed less than mountains: shine, perishing republic.

But for my children, I would have them keep their distance from the thickening center; corruption

Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster’s feet there are left the mountains.

And boys, be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, a clever servant, insufferable master.

There is the trap that catches noblest spirits, that caught–they say– God, when he walked on earth.

 

Caress and a Pinch

Artist: Unknown  |  Location: Washington, DC

Artist: Unknown | Location: Washington, DC

A stencil collage from the walls of Washington, DC.

Caress and a Pinch

A poem by M. Higgins

Straps of leather
Buckles of steel
A caress and a pinch
A sigh and a squeal

It is a costume
A ruse
A display of love
Delivered by a leather glove

Tomorrow we start anew
In our blouses, our skirts
Uncomfortable pairs of shoes
Anticipation keeps us alert

Day ends
Evening begins
We don our costumes
To act once again