If you’re in or near Easthampton this fall, definitely pay a visit to Park Hill Orchard for some fresh apples and beautiful, affecting art.
Easthampton JourneyArt in the Orchard, 2019
The trees in the orchard bear mirrored fruit.
Someone has thrown a fishing net over rotting logs,
shiny rainbows a mysterious catch.
The breeze that makes beautiful things billow beautifully
also stirs strips and sheets of plastic,
sparking hopelessness. The breeze touches all of us
whether sad, sodden, or sinful. Today is sunny and quiet
in this place of graves and growth.
While someone mourns her lost home
someone else hatches quilted birds from felted eggs.
The worst part is the memorial to gun violence,
14,730 people depicted by 14,730 metal washers,
their could-have-been lives shrouding a globe,
rusting in the weather like memory.
Climb upward and you’ll find a pair of tiny lovers
escaping on the back of a giant sparrow.
Climb higher and you’ll see nothing but a green gesture,
an arm-like shape flung toward the sky.
It’s more absence than substance, like the space
desperate lovers and murdered children leave behind.
I can’t make sense of anything. Everything is curved
but some things are jagged. Everything is jagged
but a painted face moves serenely among them.
|Gun Violence Project|
Art referenced, in order:
- Tree of Life - Ted Hinman
- Abundance - Pamela Matsuda-Dunn
- The Three (dis)Graces - Elizabeth Stone & Eva Fierst
- Home - Lynne Yamamoto
- La Cage aux Fowl - The Fiberistas
- Gun Violence Project - Michael Poole
- Bird Bird - Tim de Christopher
- Lookout - Walter Early