Olive trees on Thassos, Greece: photo by Peter Pakandl, 7 September 2006
We lived once in an ideal kingdom.
It wasn't ever really "ideal" but
like we said about everything else
trees are dying,
people are dying,
it's unbelievably lonely
but wait a minute/ you said you were sad,
Zionist movements were always "back to nature."
As I asked you before,
are you interested in anything?
Olive blossoms outside Jerusalem: photo by Sputnikcccp, 26 May 2005
Jim Dine at the Galerie de Bellefeuille in Westmount, on the evening of the vernissage: photo by Martin C. Barry, September 2009
Jim Dine: We lived once in an ideal kingdom, November 2011
The heroic work in divers media of the American artist Jim Dine continues to enthrall and inspire. This poem was writ a few days ago in Paris, where Jim and his wife the artist Diana Michener are currently keeping at the good labours. Jim is a true world citizen, who works in Walla Walla, in western Europe, and where next? Tomorrow never knows.