I pledge allegiance

Looking_in_binI pledge allegiance to the flag

outside of your three story house.

Don’t look at the woman hauling trash,

she’s walking three miles south.

Give us this day, our Coke and beer,

so others may redeem five cents.

Along the highway, she hefts her work,

to cash in, but not to pay rent.

© C.L. Quigley

photo: Wikimedia Commons


Orange Planet

2014-10-25 00.27.588Night is still,

like death after war.

Cattle move across water,

moaning like sex.

Omnipotent orange planet

rises in the North.

Street sign reflection

at midnight hanging.

image & poem © C.L. Quigley 2014

Christina’s World


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Andrew Wyeth “Christina’s World” 1948

Christina’s World is Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 realist masterpiece.  The woman in the painting is Anna Christina Olson, who is known to have suffered from polio, which affected her lower body.  Wyeth created the painting when he saw her crawling across a field towards his summer home.  Olson was 55 at the time Wyeth created the work.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke
Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906.

German expressionist painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, painted this portrait of her close friend and poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, in 1906.  Nearly one year later, Paula would pass away suddenly at age 31. The art of both Modersohn-Becker and Rilke lives indefinitely. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.