By Doña María - Posted on 12 April 2010

 "Snowman" by Betsy Holmes"Snowman" by Betsy Holmes

 Thoughts on the Snowman by Dona Maria

What would Chris Cringle wear in Crete?
Does his dashboard have knobs
for cold and for heat?

What would Chris Cringle wear in Pompeii?
Would he take off his shirt
as he drives in his sleigh?

What would Chris Cringle wear when in Rome?
He would wear frescoes, cathedrals, and domes.



It is remarkable that Dona Maria chose this painting to write a poem insofar as another poem was the inspiration behind the work.  I did the painting after reading "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens.  It appeared in his first book of poetry "Harmonium" in 1923:


The Snow Man


One must have in mind of winter

To regard the frost and the boughs

Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;


And have been cold a long time

To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

The spruces rough in the distant glitter


Of the January sun; and not to think

Of any misery in the sound of the wind,

In the sound of a few leaves,


Which is the sound of the land

Full of the same wind

That is blowing in the same bare place


For the listener, who listens in the snow,

and, nothing himself, beholds

Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


Thanks Dona Maria -- I'll collaborate anytime!





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