The poem “Still Falls the Rain” was written by Dame Edith
Sitwell in 1940 during the air raids on Great Britain. It
ponders our relentless, senseless cruelty to one another and an
everlasting love that may redeem us. I have calligraphed this
rather long poem in excerpts and in entirety many times over the
course of the last forty years.
In the mid 1980’s, on the Isle of Ibiza a couple who lived
there, had on a wall, a torso of Christ; much like ancient
greco-roman statues, the limbs were broken off. It was lashed
with baling wire to two large corroded spikes that had been
brought up from the wreck of a spanish galleon. Soon after I
created the central image in this work. I have used it several
times for this poem; in book and broadside, sandblasted into
glass, on primitive fig bark paper, and in this current
This background started as a calfskin vellum that I had stained
purple with brazil wood dye. I made a digital photograph of it
and modified it in Photoshop.
I printed it on archival paper with archival inks; then painted
into it with watercolors and acrylics.
There are several acrylic bases used to create a sculpted effect
onto which are applied layers of both 24 Kt. and lemon gold
leaf. The words too are acrylic bases with moon gold leaf atop.
The Fibonacci series is a sequence of numbers starting with (the
prime) 1 and continues without end: a mathematical expression of
infinity. I’ve placed the number 1 within Christ’s aura, so that
as it spirals out, creating the unending repetition of the
it suggests the spiritual expression unending, uncompromising
love, generated from within a single living soul.
I hope to do this poem yet another time in the future.