23 November 2008

Manic Monday - Harvest

One of the nice things about the Manic Monday Meme created by our friend Mo is that it gives you a chance to think about all sorts of things. This time around I went looking for a visual, written, and musical way to say "Harvest". The first two were easy with a great painter, Peter Brueghel, and a great poet, Carl Sandburgh. For the third, "Shine On Harvest Moon" is a nice sing along, but I wanted something other than just the song so here is a fun version where Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy sing and dance to the song.

Pieter Brueghel the Elder c.1530 - 1569.
The Corn Harvest. Painted 1565.

Harvest Sunset
by Carl Sandburg

RED gold of pools,
Sunset furrows six o’clock,
And the farmer done in the fields
And the cows in the barns with bulging udders.

Take the cows and the farmer,
Take the barns and bulging udders.
Leave the red gold of pools
And sunset furrows six o’clock.
The farmer’s wife is singing.
The farmer’s boy is whistling.
I wash my hands in red gold of pools.


anthonynorth said...

A great post, and I love Laurel and Hardy.

Janna said...

Now I can't get rid of the mental image of "the cows in the barns with bulging udders"....

Actually, it sounds a lot like how I felt last night when I drank a whole liter of water at once.

Travis said...

Excellent! I like the three different approaches to the word.

Andrew said...

I agree, that Brueghel screams "Harvest". If you are interested in seeing other works by this artist, I suggest checking out these interesting Brueghel engravings.

Thanks for this post!

earthlingorgeous said...

That is a nice painting! Do you have it on your wall? I love the poem :)


Linda said...

Leave it to you to find such nice representations of "Harvest"! I'm afraid I didn't go an MM post today due to my hectic work schedule but I'm sure that Mo has some lovely post-participants for the week.

The only thing I'd like to harvest right now is some extra sleep but I'm afraid that's out of the question for this week.

Jamie said...

Well you can get poster copies of Brueghel for under $20, but if you want a small original black and white drawing it will run you about $15,000. The colored gouache or oil? Sky's the limit.

Mimi Lenox said...

I'm with Janna...the "udders"....I'll have nightmares.
Thanks, Jamie!

(just kidding)
Happy Thanksgiving!