poetry and prose about place

Daisy’s light

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) is a book of excesses and haunting results It is a cautionary story about the consequences of pursuing wealth without responsibility. 

My painting is of Jay Gatsby as he looks across the bay to Daisy’s green light on the far shore.



Jane Tims ‘Daisy’s light from The Great Gatsby’ 2003 (acrylic)



Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens.

I decided to call to him. Miss Baker had mentioned him at dinner, and that would do for an introduction. But I didn’t call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone — he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward — and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. 

from F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) The Great Gatsby


The disposable wealth and carelessness of Gatsby are things most of us will never know.  But we can feel for Gatsby who is willing to accept blame in the name of love and loses his life in consequence.



Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

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  1. Beautiful painting. It draws you in.



    March 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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