Garden Behind a House
For our ancestors, a house, a fountain, even clothing, a coat, was much more intimate. Each thing, almost, was a vessel in which what was human found and defined itself.
Now, from America, empty, indifferent things sweep in—pretend things, life-traps... A house, in the American sense, an American apple, a grapevine, bears no relation to the hope and contemplation with which our ancestors informed and beheld them.
Letter to Witold Hulewicz
November 13, 1925
so true 86 years agoReplyDelete
so much the truer today
the lessons of the poet go unlearned