Poem by Teresa


It’s hard
The eye
Of fervor
The delusionary
Of confounding 
Clouds above
Above where you are
Where you belong 
Where of where becoming 
There is acceptance 
Accept that maybe
Misery has gone 
And that we must have
Love of
Love for
Sound the sound 
Let it ring
Dream if you will
Till you become 
You who you are 
That your
Eye has no doubt 
Or recount 
Shall it not allow 
That to become what you will
What it is you will dream
Dream as a hunger still
That is a quenched recognizance
As the one who will become
The dream you see


2018 ©

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer

Born: 20 November 1923, Springs, South Africa

Died: 13 July 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

Residence at the time of the award: South Africa

Prize motivation: “who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity”

Field: prose

Language: English


Nobel Prize in Literature
Booker Prize
1974 · Le conservateur
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
1988 · A Sport of Nature
Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service
James Tait Black Memorial Prize – Fiction



Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, South Africa. Her parents were Jewish immigrants; her father was from Latvia and her mother was from England. Nadine began writing at the age of nine, and was just 15 years old when her first work was published. The novel entitled The Conservationist (1974) gave her international breakthrough. Nadine Gordimer was involved in the anti-apartheid movement early on and several of her books were banned by the apartheid regime. She has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, since 1948.


Nadine Gordimer’s works include novels, short stories, and essays. During the 1960s and 1970s she wrote a number of novels set against the backdrop of the emerging resistance movement against apartheid, while the liberated South Africa provides the backdrop for her later works, written in the 1990s. The stories of individuals are always at the center of her narratives, in relation to external limitations and frameworks. As a whole, Nadine Gordimer’s literary works create rich imagery of South Africa’s historical development.



Truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.
A desert is a place without expectation.

Henri Matisse



BORN: Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse
(1869-12-31)31 December 1869
Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, France

DIED: 3 November 1954(1954-11-03) (aged 84)
Nice, Alpes-Martimes, France


EDUCATION: Académie Julian, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gustave Moreau

NOTABLE WORK: Woman with a Hat (1905)
The Joy of Life (1906)
Nu bleu (1907)
La Danse (1909)
L’Atelier Rouge (1911)

MOVEMENT: Fauvism, Modernism, Post-Impressionism


I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Exactitude is not truth.

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor’s direct carving.

Seek the strongest color effect possible… the content is of no importance.

In modern art, it is undoubtedly to Cézanne that I owe the most.



The first painting of Matisse acquired by a public collection was Still Life with Geraniums (1910), exhibited in the Pinakothek der Moderne.[59]

His The Plum Blossoms (1948) was purchased on 8 September 2005 for the Museum of Modern Art by Henry Kravis and the new president of the museum, Marie-Josée Drouin. Estimated price was US$25 million. Previously, it had not been seen by the public since 1970.[60] In 2002, a Matisse sculpture, Reclining Nude I (Dawn), sold for US$9.2 million, a record for a sculpture by the artist.

Matisse’s daughter Marguerite often aided Matisse scholars with insights about his working methods and his works. She died in 1982 while compiling a catalogue of her father’s work.[61]

Matisse’s son Pierre Matisse (1900–1989) opened a modern art gallery in New York City during the 1930s. The Pierre Matisse Gallery, which was active from 1931 until 1989, represented and exhibited many European artists and a few Americans and Canadians in New York often for the first time. He exhibited Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, André Derain, Yves Tanguy, Le Corbusier, Paul Delvaux, Wifredo Lam, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Balthus, Leonora Carrington, Zao Wou Ki, Sam Francis, sculptors Theodore Roszak, Raymond Mason, and Reg Butler, and several other important artists, including the work of Henri Matisse.[62][63]

Henri Matisse’s grandson Paul Matisse is an artist and inventor living in Massachusetts. Matisse’s great-granddaughter Sophie Matisse is active as an artist. Les Heritiers Matisse functions as his official Estate. The U.S. copyright representative for Les Heritiers Matisse is the Artists Rights Society.[64]





Golda Meir

This is my blog. About poetry and people who inspire. That stand for something beautiful.


This month’s portrait:

May 03, 1898 – Dec 08, 1978 (age 80)

Some quotes from Golda:

Not being beautiful was the true blessing… Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to over…

Not being beautiful was the true blessing… Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
Being seventy is not a sin.
I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
1913: In 1913 she had begun dating Morris Meyerson (Myerson).
1917: When Golda and Morris married in 1917, settling in Palestine was her precondition for the marriage.
1956: In 1956, she became Foreign Minister under Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
1967: Meir maintained the national unity government formed in 1967, after the Six-Day War, in which Mapai merged with two other parties (Rafi and Ahdut      HaAvoda) to form the Israeli Labor party.
1969: Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister.
1978: On December 8, 1978, Meir died of lymphatic cancer in Jerusalem at the age of 80.