Friday, July 28, 2006

Rediscovering Walden Pond


I came across a picture book of subjects close to Henry David Thoreau’s heart. These were his personal articles of faith that he has so passionately written about…the simple life, communion with nature at its pristine state, common people trudging through life, the exuberance of mere existence and the cry against government impositions.

The stirring prose of Thoreau juxtaposed with these strong and insistent images creates an indelible mental stain and a grating in the chest. Such a strong visceral impact stays on indefinitely and one is set to musing.

“Masses of men living in quiet desperation…”, is depicted graphically by a monotonic image of tired old men carrying their lunch boxes to a work site. You could almost feel the pain on the calluses of dragged feet through the gravel and share the blankness of the weary mien on their inert faces. Is there a balm for despair?

2 comments:

lovesjazzlovescoffee said...

What a great question...Is there a balm for dipsair???? I would love to read that book....sounds so healing and a great way to look within and reflect upon the things we see everyday!!

OH...those poor men trudging with their lunch boxes.....can;t imagine having to go and do a job everyday that wasn't my dream ,my hearts desire!! I love school and I love teaching.....it's just the best!!! I am so blessed!!

Thank you for this thought provoking blog!!!

Have a great day!!!

wayfarer said...

The book's title is The Illustrated World of Thoreau. The photographs are by Ivan Massar and the editor is Howard Chapnick.The publishers are Grosset and Dunlap.