Saturday, April 18, 2009

How vainly men

How vainly men themselves amaze
To win the palm, the oak or bays,
And their incessant labors see
Crowned from some single herb, or tree,
Whose short and narrow-verged shade
Doth prudently their toils upbraid;
While all the flowers and trees do close
To weave the garlands of repose!

     -from Andrew Marvell's The Garden

Just walking by the house where they cut down the trees and put up the wooden fence, and took a look at what was going on at pavement level. 

15 comments:

aimee said...

VERY interesting things go on at pavement level... it's like looking at a photograph, where the scenes in the background are usually more revealing than the main subjects.

j. said...

i really love this.

drak said...

u got the spark,,,,i like your work a lote,,,,,,,thx

flawsnall said...

weeds *are* a peculiar entity: they thrive, smother, intrude, mock, and die...but they always come back and how in the world do they elbow through cement?

i think they are infinite, weeds.

Faith said...

Thanks for your comment on my dove blog. I don't fully understand what you were saying about closing the gap but will have a try next time. I appreciate you taking the time to try to help.

Tomás Serrano said...

Great choice of words and i like your image, the drawing of this man.

Wildeve said...

What a great image and fitting poem. I work around a lot of landscapers who continue their battle with crabgrass and think they can win. Madness, I say.

Eva said...

Until man will have invented self-growing concrete -- heaven may prevent that --, nature always wins if she's allowed to.

Nemo said...

Brilliant!

Tammie Lee said...

yea scratching the head in deed. For me cutting down the tree for a fence is a bit more ouch that head scratch.
still nature prevails no matter what we do. Isn't it lovely that there is something that we can not completely control....
fantastic post

bindu said...

This one is too good!

Indrani said...

Who would have thought of that?!
So well done.

jude said...

it's all about scale. great post.

Gabrielle said...

This is priceless

grrl+dog said...

despite all, they survive.