Tuesday, December 30, 2008

year's end

I was going to post my favorite story drawings from the past year in a bit of a retrospective but this is much nicer by far. May I wish for us all the hopes in this poem by Rabidrath Tagore:

    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.


  1. That's powerful and perfect for right now.

    Glad to be the first to drop by for a change. I'm usually late to the party.

  2. that's a beautiful poem to end the year with. a wish for something better. hope. and i love the drawing too. susan, you are always perfect.
    i'm off to costa rica for a few weeks, i'll see you when i get back. have a wonderful new year.
    peace out.

  3. The poem and painting are spot on. I assume the artwork is yours because I recognize your wonderfully ethereal style anywhere. But I hope you can pardon me for this, but as I read the Tagore poem, I found myself adding one more line to it:

    Before it's too late.

    I hope I'm not out of line in doing that.

  4. I'm such a cynic, so you know my belief on the whole better times ahead deal, but I like the painting and the words nonetheless. :)

  5. perfect for year end, thank you

    happy new year to you and yours :D

  6. Lovely image and words. Thanks for the hopeful poem.

    Health and happiness to you in the new year, Susan.


  7. What a wonderful way to finish this year and begin the next.

    I wish you a peaceful and happy 2009, Susan.

  8. Beautiful. I want you to know that getting to know you in 2008 was on my list of lovely things that happened this year. I wish all good things for you in 2009. Happy New Year to you and to who all you love.xoxo

  9. how beautiful...thank you for sharing this with us...

    a wonderful, dream come true new year to you and yours!


  10. utah - The doors to this party are open 24/7. Glad you came by early :-)

    sera - I hope you have a good time and a safe return.

    spartacus - Nope, not me this time but Dulac again. That is a great last line and I'll keep my fingers crossed too.

    randal - I think my craziness stems from being a hopeful cynic. People, myself included, are capable of much more than we'll allow ourselves to believe.

    wolf - and to you.

    pagan - Let's do it again this year. All the best.

    dcup - Can we just pass on the old Chinese curse 'May you live in interesting times' just for one quiet year? Not this one, you say? Oh well, I wish you the best.

    belette - I could say the very same thing and with all the kisses too. Much love to you, He-weasel and Lily.

    linda - I hope for all the best for you too. Keep painting.

  11. So beautiful, Susan! Happy New Year!

  12. Thanks to you and to Mr. Tagore, for the sentiments and the beauty you always lead with.

    May 2009 be a year of shifting...

  13. suzi - Thanks and welcome back.

    gary - Yeah, he wrote that more than 50 years ago about India but it felt very appropriate.