I am feeling inspired today, my heart warmed by the generosity of those who have been able to support our efforts to raise funds for a sponsorship program for AIDS orphans in Ethiopia, knowing that there are so many good causes out there calling on us all. I was reminded today that the phrase Chariots of Fire is from William Blake, a favourite poet of mine and many.
One special contribution comes from artist Frank Caracciolo who lives in Montreal but hails from New York. He is donating a resin-coated oil drawing to our Silent Auction. In my blog on The Urban Landscape I had posted a photograph of a work I had seen at Propeller Gallery on Queen Street. I decided to contact Frank and he replied immediately to say he he was willing to donate the piece shown here. I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this but the photo doesn’t quite do justice to the beautiful patina and tactile surface of his drawing technique. CLICK HERE to link to his website.
I leave you with the words of William Blake as well as a link to the hymn Jerusalem that was composed to this poem.
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.