Image—Text—Music: Gustave Courbet, George Oppen, Charles Ives, 03.28.1

Courbet, "The Deer"

Gustave Courbet, “The Deer” (ca. 1865)“Psalm,” by George Oppen

“Psalm,” by George Oppen
Veritas sequitur …
In the small beauty of the forest
The wild deer bedding down—
That they are there!
                              Their eyes
Effortless, the soft lips
Nuzzle and the alien small teeth
Tear at the grass
                              The roots of it
Dangle from their mouths
Scattering earth in the strange woods.
They who are there.
                              Their paths
Nibbled thru the fields, the leaves that shade them
Hang in the distances
Of sun
                              The small nouns
Crying faith
In this in which the wild deer
Startle, and stare out.

Charles Ives, “Psalm 67: ‘God Be Merciful Unto Us’”