Sept 14 “What is the knocking at the door in the night?”

Monday,  September 14   —  “The three strange angels”

Monday, still early in this academic term, future-oriented Monday, home for as yet unknown challenges.   September is like that when your university begins classes late in August as we do here.

D. H. Lawrence ends his short poem, “Song for the Man Who Has Come Through” with five lines that speak to uncertainty and to the courage that goes with it; a September blessing song for students and the women and men who work with them.

It shouldn’t take long to read these five lines out loud twice or thrice.

Blessings on the week.


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Today’s Post  –  D H Lawrence’s poetry and Carl Milles sculpture

What is the knocking?
What is the knocking at the door in the night?
It is somebody wants to do us harm.

No, no, it is the three strange angels.
Admit them, admit them

D. H. Lawrence  September 1885 to March 1930

The playing angels of Philadelphia

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Swedish sculptor Car  l Milles created many angels over his creative life time, including these 3 playing angels now permanently displayed in Fairmount Park, along Philadelphia’s Kelly Drive.  When I studied in Philly during the 1970s, I would sometimes walk to the three angels and lie on my back looking up to watch them dance against the sky.  They were my favorite place in a city I came to love.  Still are.

For an explanation of the Philadelphia angels with multiple perspectives see

Carl Milles  June 1875 to September 1955


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