The President and the Empress
Statue by Kwan Wu
Edgar Lee Masters
Out of me unworthy and unknown
The vibrations of deathless music;
“With malice toward none, with charity for all.”
Out of me the forgiveness of millions toward millions,
And the beneficent face of a nation
Shining with justice and truth.
I am Anne Rutledge who sleep beneath these weeds,
Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln,
Wedded to him, not through union,
But through separation.
Bloom forever, O Republic,
From the dust of my bosom!
Lincoln Love Letter
Saint Barbara, ca. 1580-1585
Attributed to Germain Pilon
“Saint Barbara was a virgin martyr whose father sequestered her in a tower to discourage suitors. Here she is shown next to the tower, holding the hilt of a sword, the instrument of her martyrdom. The missing blade was probably made of silver. Pilon, the sculptor, is linked to the so-called School of Fontainebleau, named after the palace of Fontainebleau, a royal residence decorated by Italian artists who brought to France the elegance and refinement of Italian Mannerism. Something of this is apparent in the graceful turn of Saint Barbara’s pose. The back is flat, indicating she was meant to be seen only from the front and placed against a wall or pillar or in a niche.” 🥀
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me
Miracle of Life
By Maureen Hawkins
Before you were conceived,
I wanted you.
Before you were born,
I loved you.
Before you were here an hour,
I would give my life for you.
This is the miracle of life.