In The Stillness

“Burnt Norton”, Four Quartets – T.S. Eliot

Time and the bell have buried the day,
The black cloud carries the sun away.
Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis
Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray
Clutch and cling?

.  .  .Chill
Fingers of yew be curled
Down on us? After the kingfisher’s wing
Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still
At the still point of the turning world.

Flower Clouds, Odilon Redon:

10 thoughts on “In The Stillness

  1. diana says:

    soul searching, meaningful and beautiful

  2. kdmedina says:

    I have a recording of Eliot reading that…it’s an old favourite.


    Meanwhile, the Dodgers are playing the Mets again tonight. Bellinger at it again. No further comment needed.

    • artmodel says:


      I appreciate your ‘no further comment’ since your guys killed us! A sweep, ugh 😡
      As for Eliot, there are some recordings of him reciting his poetry around the internet. All the Four Quartets are superb.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. johndrob says:

    For some reason, paintings (and photos) of oceans, or undersea diving, always make me think of the theme from the Deer Hunter (“Cavatina”):

  4. Jennifer says:

    Lovely poem and a beautiful Odilon Redon painting – it was your blog that introduced me to his work 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying the summer.

    • artmodel says:


      I remember that! Glad you remembered too! Redon is really great.
      Yes I’m getting into the summer groove! Hope you are as well.

      Thanks for your comments!


  5. roberta m says:

    A beautiful duo-thank you for posting. The stillness revealed in both is a welcoming peace.

    • artmodel says:


      I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! There were many artworks I considered pairing with the poem. Tough to choose! But Odilon Redon always works for me.

      Thanks for your comments!


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