Ella: Gerhard Richter, 2007 (private collection)
Do you remember the way we used to sing
in church when we were young
and it was fun to bring your toys with you
and play with them while all the others sung?
My mind goes on its own particular way
and leaves my apparent body on its knees
to get up and walk as far as it can
if it still wants to and as it proves still able.
Sit down, says generous life, and stay awhile!
although it's irony that sets the table
and puts the meager food on broken dishes,
pours out the rancid wine, and walks away.
Betty: Gerhard Richter, 1991 (St. Louis Art Museum)
Robert Creeley: Generous Life from Yesterdays (2002)