Sunday, November 7, 2010

illustration friday (afterwards)

This week's IF prompt brings to mind one of Robert Frost's early poems: After Apple-Picking. It speaks of winter, weariness, sleep (death?), and tasks not completed. Here are the first 13 lines of the 42-lined poem:

After Apple-Picking
My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.


  1. One of my favorite poems...thanks for reminding me. I love that line "But I am done with apple picking now." which I think of often when I have just had enough of something. Done.
    Great illo!

  2. I didn't know this poem. Thank you.
    I hope everyting is okay with your health.

  3. Thanks for dropping by and encouraging me with your comments. Let me hasten to assure you that I am fine, and not particularly brooding about death. :p

  4. That's a relief to hear that you are coping okay with the imminent 'recharge' (though that word 'particularly" worries me a little).
    You have a lot of friends out here who are keen to see you working on all cylinders :)
    Lovely poem, Robert Frost is probably my favourite American poet.
    BTW I have ordered some gansai paints from Japan hope they are okay, Don't you just love getting parcels in the mail?
    Speaking of.. just sent off my Autumn etegami.

  5. Very nice etegami and poem!
    just perfect for this autumn...

    Get great!

  6. ah, Robert Frost is a long time favorite of mine. Thank you for posting this!
    Your etegami's are such a refreshing sight at the end of a weary day.

    Thank you for your comment about my dog and cat illustrations. I think after being a vet tech for so long (over 30 years) and always having them in my life, it becomes second nature to draw and paint them. Do what you love, right?

    I hope you're having a good day, healthwise and in general ;)

  7. How lovely -- and this is my introduction to etegami!


  8. I don't know this poem, but I like the peom with the apple together!
    Thanks for passing by my blog!
    It is a pleasure to come here!

  9. I don't read poetry often enough so it is great that you post a poem every now and then. Thanks for getting me connected back up with poetry.

  10. Lovely quote & image! The way the apple crowds the lettering to the edge seems to emphasize the falling-away mood of the poem...