Drifting All Night on the Black River
"Drifting All Night on the Black River" - charcoal and acrylic on Arches 300 lb paper, 22 x 30.
Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air –
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds –
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?
– Mary Oliver
This piece is sold unframed. It will be shipped rolled in a tube, carefully packaged in mostly repurposed shipping materials. Customs fees and duties are the responsibility of the recipient. Free shipping anywhere in the U.S.A For international shipping, please email for a quote.
This item is an original work of art. Copyright owned by Jen Jovan.