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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Moon Memories



Ring around the moon in Comanche, Oklahoma
--watercolor, 71/2" x 11"

After my post about "ring around the moon," my cousin John Clark wrote: "My Dad, Louis, used to tell me about the "ring around the moon" and how it means precipitation. It was one of the most vivid and happiest memories I have of him. :)"

Louis was the second of five boys born dirt poor in the red clay town of Comanche, Oklahoma almost a century ago. Louis and Champ married beautiful Catholic women, and thus I have a lot of cousins on my dad Terrence's side, and many more on Mom's. I expect that all of Louis' children and Champ's children also heard that term, "ring around the moon."

I wonder how far back that goes, and what other memories are triggered by it?

It's sleeting outside as I paint this...the high ice clouds coming in before the ice storm, bare winter branches silhouetted against the blue-black sky and speeding white clouds illuminated by the moon. I imagine it was like this long ago, in Comanche.

Dedicated to the five "Clark boys"--Terrence, Louis, Rex, Mike and Champ.

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