Monday, August 9, 2010

the school boy...

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

The School Boy

I love to rise in a summer morn,

When the birds sing on every tree;

The distant huntsman winds his horn,

And the sky-lark sings with me.

O! what sweet company.

But to go to school in a summer morn,

O! it drives all joy away;

Under a cruel eye outworn.

The little ones spend the day,

In sighing and dismay.

Ah! then at times I drooping sit,

And spend many an anxious hour,

Nor in my book can I take delight,

Nor sit in learnings bower,

Worn thro' with the dreary shower.

How can the bird that is born for joy,

Sit in a cage and sing.

How can a child when fears annoy.

But droop his tender wing.

And forget his youthful spring.

O! father & mother. if buds are nip'd,

And blossoms blown away,

And if the tender plants are strip'd

Of their joy in the springing day,

By sorrow and care's dismay.

How shall the summer arise in joy.

Or the summer fruits appear.

Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy

Or bless the mellowing year.

When the blasts of winter appear.

William Blake

The poet William Blake was very uncomfortable and unexcited with going to school when he wrote this poem. My school boy on the other hand...was too eager to attend!  He knew that every morning his sweetheart would save a seat next to her.

This is my entry  for MMM .


  1. You did a great job on that school boy--he really looks like he is runnign hard and fast!

  2. Fantastic take on this theme, love your quote.

  3. great post!! and the quote is worth to remember!

  4. What a lovely piece. I remember staring out of the window at school at the summer passing by so well! Now, we sit at work instead and don't even have playtime to look forward to!

  5. How very true, Joanna! Great piece!

  6. What a joyful painting Joanna!! I too remember those days, getting on the train to go to school with my 2 best buds - misfits, like me!!

  7. I love your bright painting with its wonderful quote. Also the Blake poem. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Such an stunning creation!
    Beautifully presented, Joanna!!

  9. What a beautiful piece and poem! I love all the space in the center of the piece and all the action on the edges - very clever!
    Thank you too for your sweet comment - I never thought that I could draw or paint a face and was so surprised to do so - my entire career before Kendra was as a makeup artist and so when starting to paint faces it all was really comfortable and familiar. BUT you should know that we were asked to bring inspiration pieces to the class and although I did not print out and bring your pictures, your big-eyed girls were really in the back of my mind. So, thank you for the inspiration! xoxoxo

  10. oh wow Joanna!!! This is beautiful and the poem and quote is perfect!!! gorgeous piece and perfect as this year is Cole's first year in school....he is looking forward to it and I am sad to see him away!!!

  11. LOVE your take on the challenge. Just fabulous work.

  12. Wonderful painting, Joanna. Thanks for sharing the Blake poem. It is a new one for me.

  13. Lovely piece. It works so well with the poem.

  14. It's a great piece and I love the poem - and I especially love the reason that boy is chasing the school bus :-)

  15. Hi Johanna, nice blog. Looks good to live in greece.
    grt, Helmi


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