Chanson D'Esprit


Photographs by Alan M. Spevak
Poems by Michael Chanteur
Contributions by other artists. poets, and philosophers

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revised 2/14/18 

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Genesis 3:19

The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you;he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.  While you have the light,believe in the light,that you may become sons of light.  John 12:35-36

The In -Between Time 

There should be a special name given to this time
between the winter holidays and spring.
A time past the brief warmth of Valentine’s
yet before the longer warmth of the vernal sun

Someone should record this time of faint promise
too far away to really take seriously.
For the pious there is Lent*, aptly scheduled for
when even the Earth seems penitent

In this in-between time, we see relics of the past,
some Christmas decorations still on houses,
whether out of procrastination or maybe
finding it hard to let go of a brighter time

It is a time when man has run out of ways
to brighten up the bleak, cold season,
long, long before nature begins her
riotous avalanche of buds and blossoms

For the young, whose clock runs slow,
this time must seem like an eternity.
A time when nothing much is happening
as light begins its slow rise to ascendancy

But for those who have seen a lot of winters,
there is that ever so slight hint of anticipation.
One day, the February sun seems warmer,
another day a bud more swollen than before

It is a good time, this time, for reflection,
before the cacophony of spring.
A time when the Earth seems almost at a standstill
Even as reservoirs of sap surge silently upward.

*LENT is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday, most notably for the public imposition of ashes, and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. -from Wikipedia



   Artist's Statement: All of nature is a vast multidimensional waveform oscillating to the voice of God. My role as photographer
 is to make a two-dimensional record of this waveform to communicate the infinite beauty and complexity of nature.
- Alan M. Spevak

"Beauty is one of the rare things that does not lead to doubt of God."
-   Jean Anouilh


Photo Essays:

Footprints - tracks in snow and snowscapes 

Clouds I

Clouds II

Almost Spring - March Photographs in central Pennsylvania

Water and Ice - the falls at Ricketts Glen State Park- Pennsylvania

Philosophy of Photography:
Spiritual Nature of  Photography

The Kingdom of Good - essays on how life can be better

Other Photo Websites by Alan M. Spevak: -
selected nature photographs -main photography website A. Spevak's East Stroudsburg University page with nature photographs

Music - featuring Bob Dylan

Poems by Michael Chanteur

Favorite Poems by famous poets

Chanson d' - poetry, philosophy, religion (a website by M.Chanteur)

Photographers' Prayer- by A. Cantante

Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art - a fine art gallery  in central Missouri

American Art @ THe Phillps Collection(click on link below)- an excellent art website

My Heart to Your Heart- another excellent art website (in Spanish)

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