Old Poem Saturday – Quatrain by Machado

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Sometimes I go out in search of poetry and sometimes the poetry comes to me! I attended an open studio figure drawing session this weekend and found this quatrain by Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875 – 1939) on the wall behind my easel. It was posted with dozens of other drawings by a number of students at the studio, and was unsigned, so I am unsure of the identity of the artist. But I couldn’t pass up sharing it with you. I’ve featured another quatrain by Machado before – here is the text of this one:

Mankind owns four things

That are no good at sea:

Rudder, anchor, oars,

and the fear of going down.

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