Category Archives: Poetry and Art

Did You Remember to Turn Off the Stove?

Sometimes I combine my poetry with one of my paintings. So, naturally I wondered how other artists/ poets used this same combination.

There were many (and that was a happy surprise). This piece of poetry with this painting, really caught the humor that I can relate with in my own life. I’m thinking a line or two is probably relatable to quite a few of you as well.

The poetry might bring to mind memories of an earlier time. Even if the earlier time was not as simple in reality, the poet with his words creates images of things that can be considered comforting.

Give it a read, and, NO matter what comes to mind for you, can I at least hear a collective *groan* for the “Are we there yet?” mantra!

Grant Wood’s sister, Nan Wood Graham, and Wood and Graham’s dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby are posing and imitating 19th century Americana for Grant’s American Gothic.

American Gothic

after the painting by Grant Wood, 1930

John Stone

Just outside the frame
there has to be a dog
chickens, cows and hay

and a smokehouse
where a ham in hickory
is also being preserved

Here for all time
the borders of the Gothic window
anticipate the ribs

of the house
the tines of the pitchfork
repeat the triumph

of his overalls
and front and center
the long faces, the sober lips

above the upright spines
of this couple
arrested in the name of art

These two
by now
the sun this high

ought to be
in mortal time
about their businesses

Instead they linger here
within the patient fabric
of the lives they wove

he asking the artist silently
how much longer
and worrying about the crops

she no less concerned about the crops
but more to the point just now
whether she remembered

to turn off the stove


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