Ode to Friday: Ashbery


Somewhere someone is travelling furiously toward you,
At incredible speed, travelling day and night,
Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents, through narrow passes.
But will he know where to find you,
Recognise you when he sees you,
Give you the thing he has for you?

Hardly anything grows here,
Yet the granaries are bursting with meal,
The sacks of meal piled to the rafters.
The streams run with sweetness, fattening fish;
Birds darken the sky. Is it enough
That the dish of milk is set out at night,
That we think of him sometimes,
Sometimes and always, with mixed feelings?

~ “At North Farm” from A Wave by John Ashbery (American, 1927- )


Image: The red tower by Giorgio di Chirico


10 thoughts on “Ode to Friday: Ashbery

      • ha ha bisous means “kisses” and you can also say bisous au toi or kisses to you. The reply might be “bisous au toi aussi, kisses to you as well. There’s your French lesson for today.

        I like paintings that are simple like that. It’s like saying “less is more”. They give a sense of loneliness or solitude. The massive structures seem to be reminders of the insignificance of man. Plus there is so much variation within the large areas of paint. It looks like watercolor which is my favorite medium.


      • Bisous au toi aussi from an aussie …

        What you say about the loneliness or solitude I feel too. Also, something sinister or suspended. It disturbs and attracts me at the same time. Also, he does something like the Japanese artist, Hiroshige; he has things going on “off stage” like the horse statue here.


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