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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Wood Thrush and Setting Sun, 1950; watercolor on paper, 19 x 40 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Wood Thrush and Setting Sun, 1950; watercolor on paper, 19 x 40 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, May 6, 1917

Monday, May 6, 2013

P.M. Near Covered Bridge and North wandering, painting.  A strange evil day - earth soggy -- heavy lowhanging mist clouds - twilight even at noon - Walking along wood walled road I heard a wood-thrush's song -    

When dusk drove me from the hollow, I came out into a lighter twilight -

In Post's near rainy day pond - hideous stumps and logs, reflections in glassy pond - I stopped by fence from mingled fear and irresoluteness - At once a tremendous ringing and pounding commenced in my ears - growing louder and louder - though this ringing was terrific, yet the woods seemed absoltely silent - from somewhere a strange bell, (such as [is] used in Chinese music) commenced - I was too overcome to take note of anything - finally a familiar farm sound broke the spell and I relaxed, in a cold sweat - and continued my way homeward -  

Charles E. Burchfield, May 6, 1917

 

 

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