Cooks Hill Galleries (CHG) presents Ken Strong;
“Take a walk in a park” was an idea I had years ago and from this, partly formulated the poem. The poem however, was only completed more recently when the next phase of the story became clearer as I had experience more in life myself.
There is a naivety about it but the images that emerged over time were clear and provided a good basis for development of the series of paintings for this
exhibition. The works do not always specifically relate to the words of the poem but more the atmosphere that is generated by the poem.
'TAKE A WALK IN A PARK'
Take a walk in a park
where the willows are mourning,
and the shade of the gums give a cool lazy feel,
where the children have ice creams,
and play ring-a-rosy,
their movements in time with the way that they feel.
Take a walk by a river,
covered in lilies,
see soft breezes shadow the long grassy banks,
where lovers in boats drift in silence beside while
they blend in the touch of their eyes in your mind.
Take a walk in a park where the willows lament,
the children have gone with the passing of time.
The river is silent, the lilies have blossomed, the boats are moored quietly and the lovers are gone.
But now in the future the willows still mourning with the shade of the gums seeming somewhat
but the carousel is turning and the children embellish the cycle of turmoil of turning of wheels.
But in this slow moving, the turmoil is settling with a peace and a stable of calming combine, and
the children are soon back, no longer have ice-creams, only lilies and boats and lovers in mind.