December 19, 2018: American Gothic, 2018

“These two

by now the sun this high

ought to be in mortal time about their businesses


Instead they linger here

within the patient fabric of the lives they wove

He asking the artist silently how much longer

And worrying about the crops


She no less concerned about the crops

But more to the point just now

Whether she remembered to turn off the stove.

––John Stone: American Gothic, after the 1930 painting by Grant Wood

 © Philip Knight 2018