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the valley ...

where lovers share memories ~

in the e'er lasting snow ...

O Cool Is The Valley Now
James Joyce

O cool is the valley now

And there, love, will we go

For many a choir is singing now

Where Love did sometime go.

And hear you not the thrushes calling,

Calling us away?

O cool and pleasant is the valley

And there, love, will we stay.

Though the weatherman is predicting spring-like weather this weekend, I am still into winter-scapes. "Valley Memories" is a very interesting piece, and I want to share with you some of what I see. For me, my eye is immediately drawn to the pond, which is an almond shape, much like the shape of an eye; a pond frozen, yet still a reflecting pool, not only mirroring the house, trees and sky, but a bit of the barn as well.

I see the pond as a looking glass, allowing me to reflect upon a family's life: their day to day living; eating, sleeping, laughing, sharing. I see a bit of the barn, and in my mind's eye I think of the hard work this family has performed, and the satisfaction they have from jobs well done.

Within the image are the geese, certainly not reflected in anyway; but there, standing in the foreground - watching, looking, seeing - committed to one another; unafraid, perhaps even satisfied.

And then my eye takes in the entire image. I notice the house and I see what's not there: no shadows - no roofline - no door. Nothing foreboding. Without a door, nothing bad is to enter this place; without a roof, this house can be located anywhere, in any period of time.

Though this is just some of what I see, I cannot help but wonder: what do you see when you reflect upon "Valley Memories" ?

Enjoy the read and James Joyce's words as he calls us to the valley.

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