Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Left handed?

I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. ~James Russell Lowell

I have attempted to translate a poem, you cannot translate French word by word because it may not work out. I must see what my French teacher makes of my attempt. I hope she doesnt think it is too clumsy.

I must get on with my French homework and do some grammar!

Poem by Maurice Fombeure.
I am of wood, my hands and my face,
Of wood I am, yes, of hard heart of oak,
Worked by a clumsy sculptor,
But the forests quiver in my heart.
Torn apart by ceaseless storms,
Indifferent to the hot breath of the animals,
Blind and deaf to the sources in the moss,
Already ready for its dark drop,
Already ready for its eternity.

Fombeure, Maurice (1906-81). French poet. his poetry had a natural simplicity his ability to inject everyday living with humour and poetry.

Here is a picture that I took on 24th December, when the sun is so low in the sky it hides behind the trees.

Left all Alone.

Today's post is my way of plugging two other bloggers who both work the wood with talent, I wonder if they are left handed?

Art Propelled where Robyn makes totems and other wonderful pieces.

Woodwose Carving where Dave carves small pieces of wood often with a lot of humour.

The French word for clumsy is maladroit.

The French word for straight is droit.

Etymology for dexterity.


LadyFi said...

Love the poem.. and that gorgeous photo took my breath away.

Both my kids are left-handed!

claire p said...

I'm left handed, but not very creative, certainly not with wood.

It's a lovely poem. And another great photo.

Dar said...

I really like Robyns work; thanks for the link. ... Are you left handed Blu? .. I am.

Jude said...

Yes, Robyn and Dave are both fine craftspeople.
My husband is a leftie and he can whittle a fine piece of wood.
That photo is stunning.

Blu said...

I am left handed when I play the air guitar tee hee.....or hold someones guitar. When the pc mouse first came about I had to teach my brain to use it with my left hand first! Then I could use it with my right!

♥ Braja said...

Dearest Blu...finally we meet :) I just started to read through all the prayers and good wishes sent to us after the accident, and your good name was amongst them. I am touched, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you for your kindness and healing help....
with great affection,
Braja xxa

French Fancy said...

I am naturally right handed but always try and do lots of things with the left one, just in case.

An exceptional photo today

bindu said...

That's a great poem - very moody. So your translation is good. I again like the quote at the top!