Mock the meat it feeds on

Friday, 13 December 2013

Overgrown Orchard
Andrew Wyeth, 1959
Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The mind I love must have wild places,
A tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass,
An overgrown little wood,
The chance of a snake or two,
A pool that nobody’s fathomed the depth of,
And paths threaded with flowers
Planted by the mind."

Katherine Mansfield

I bloody wish I'd written that.


  1. Oh, that's quite perfect; I too wish I had written that.

  2. Could you tell me what piece this quote is from? Thank you

  3. Or this:

    “I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy... you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.”

  4. too, totally superb!
    Thanks for posting it's one I'd missed.

  5. How I wish I'd written it too.... just gorgeous. I immediately could see those 'Dark damsons.'

  6. Small world..I was in a book shop yesterday and picked up The Garden Party (and other short stories) written by Katherine Mansfield. A gem given that I was in a Vietnamese bookshop. Books in English are slim pickings around here. When I read her words made me think of life in Vietnam and my recent encounter with snakes...funny how the world turns.


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