Thursday, July 22, 2010

So today I start to blog, in response to Emily's creation of imperfect prose on thursdays. This is a completely new adventure for me, and I appreciate being invited to take part.

I thought this poem that always touches me, would be an appropriate start to imperfect prose thursdays.

When Earth's Last Picture is Painted, 1892
(L'Envoi to 'The Seven Seas') - Kipling

When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it-lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All God Workmen shall put us to work anew.

And those that were good shall be happy: they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets' hair.
They shall find real saints to draw from-Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

And only The Master shall praise us, and only The Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They are!

Ruth V


  1. I started blogging in January and I love it. I wish you luck!
    Thank you for sharing this, it is lovely.

  2. oh Ruth, i'm so touched that you started a blog... and i'm very excited. you write so beautifully. and you're right--this is a perfect way to link up to imperfect prose :) i can't wait to read as your spirit unravels here... all my love, e.

  3. nice to "meet" you through Emily, Ruth.

    that poem.
    just. wow.

    so thank you for gifting it.

  4. Wow, your first post! Congratulations on starting your blog. What an adventure ahead of you - so much to explore! Thanks for posting today. Beautiful poem.

  5. Beautiful poem, a nice tone and lyrical feel to it , well done,


    came by from emilys thursday

  6. earth's last picture and your first blogpost - WOW!

  7. How exciting! A wonderful start to your blogging. Thank you for the beautiful poem.

  8. I love, love Kipling! Wonderful Blog, Ruth. :o)