The Lover’s Almanac – 21 May – Hey There Zazie Lee!

This post originally ran 21 May 2012.

Dear Zazie Lee,

Do you still come here for coffee?  I hope so.  Sorry for my long absence.  I have missed you so.  I have been out West clearin’ my mind.  The wide open spaces are clearly a part of me and where I feel most at home but I think I figured out how to make it by here for coffee regularly.  I was talkin’ to my friend Mac Tag  and he asked me for a favour.  Seems he has lost his Muse.  I hate it when that happens!  He would not elaborate on what happened, just that she was gone.  Mac Tag used to live around here but he has moved back West and I doubt if he is comin’ back.  So he asked if I could leave a note here periodically from him to her.  I think he needs an outlet for his feelin’s and views this as a tribute to her.  Mac Tag is a poet and a philosopher and I expect his notes will be romantic and sad and funny and inspirin’.  Here is his first note.  Rhett.  PS.  Jett says hey and he misses you too.

To My Muse, You shined a light into my darkness and gave me back my words.  For that I am ever grateful.  I am glad you walked into my life.  My words are dedicated to you.

I must let my poems ride their luck
On the back of the ardent breath
Of a lovely, fervent woman
Must let them soar across the sky
On the winds of true abandon
Seekin’ beauty where it may lie
That my friend, is all that matters
That is all that I can hope for

© copyright 2016 Mac Tag/Cowboy Coleridge all rights reserved

Ray wrote and sang;
The way of the fallen is hard
Only every day Ray
Every damn day

© copyright 2016 Mac tag all rights reserved

Henri Rousseau
Portrait of Henri (Le Douanier) Rousseau, 1910, photograph Pablo Picasso.jpg

Portrait of Henri (Le Douanier) Rousseau, 1910, photograph: Pablo Picasso

Today is the birthday of Henri Rousseau (Henri Julien Félix Rousseau; Laval, May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910 Paris); French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner.  He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector.  Ridiculed during his lifetime by critics, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.  Rousseau’s work exerted an extensive influence on several generations of avant-garde artists.  The American poet Sylvia Plath was a great admirer of Rousseau, referencing his art, as well as drawing inspiration from his works in her poetry.  The poem, Yadwigha, on a Red Couch, Among Lilies (1958), is based upon his painting, The Dream, whilst the poem Snakecharmer (1957) is based upon his painting The Snake Charmer.  The song, The Jungle Line, by Joni Mitchell, is based upon a Rousseau painting.



 Self-portrait of the Artist with a Lamp


Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!) (1891) was the first of many jungle scenes for which Rousseau is best known.

The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope, 1905


 The Dream (1910), MoMA


 Rousseau in 1902

 Self Portrait (1890), National Gallery, Prague


Mac Tag

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