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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carousel: Luxembourg Gardens

 Carousel:  white elephant   Laurie Fox PESSEMIER  Acrylic on linen   16 x 10.5
 Carousel: the machine  Blair Pessemier   Acrylic on linen 10.5 x 16 inches
Carousel:  boy on horse   Laurie Fox PESSEMIER  Acrylic on wood  13 x 4 inches
 Carousel: sketch red giraffe  Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic on wood 13 x 7.5 inches
 Carousel: girl on horse  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic on wood  10 x 6.5 inches
 Carousel:  horse race   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic on wood  7 x 13 inches
Carousel:  with carriage  Blair Pessemier Acrylic on wood  7 x 13 inches


Rainer Maria Rilke:  White elephant (written in the early 1900s while living in Paris)

Under its canopy, in the shade it casts,
turns a world with painted horses,
all from a land that lingers a while
before it disappears.
Some, it's true, are harnessed to a wagon,
but all have valor in their eyes.
A fierce red lion leaps among them,
and here comes 'round a snow-white elephant.

Even a stag appears, straight from the forest,
except for the saddle he wears, and,
buckled on it, a small boy in blue.

And a boy in white rides the lion,
gripping it with small clenched hands,
while the lion flashes teeth and tongue.

And here comes 'round a snow-white elephant.

And riding past on charging horses come girls,
bright-eyed, almost too old now for this children's play.
With the horses rising under them,
they are looking up and off to what awaits.

And here comes 'round a snow-white elephant.

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