Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (Spanish, 1863-1923) Miedo al agua (detail). Oil on canvas, 173 x 112cm Estimate: £500,000-800,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun. Wallace Stevens
Some things, niño, some things are like this,
That instantly and in themselves are gay
And you and I are such things, O most miserable...
For a moment they are gay and are a part
Of an element, the exactest element for us,
In which we pronounce joy like a word of our own.
It is there, being imperfect, and with these things
And erudite in happiness, with nothing learned,
That we are joyously ourselves and we think
Without the labor of thought, in that element,
And we feel, in a way apart, for a moment, as if
There was a bright scienza outside of ourselves,
A gaiety that is being, not merely knowing,
The will to be and to be total in belief,
Provoking a laughter, an agreement, by surprise