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Color image of Swartz painting: And the fire and the rose are one
©2003
BASID #566
Color image of Swartz painting: Being between two lives
©2003
BASID #568
Beth Ames Swartz
The Fire and the Rose Are One:
And the fire and the rose are one

acrylic on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2003
Beth Ames Swartz
The Fire and the Rose:
Being between two lives

acrylic on canvas
60" x 60" (1.52m x 1.52m)
2003
detail showing words of Color image of Swartz painting: And the fire and the rose are one detail showing words of Color image of Swartz painting: Being between two lives

And all manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

 
There are three conditions which often look alike
Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow:
Attachment to self and to things and to persons, detachment
From self and from things and from persons; and, growing
Between them indifference
Which resembles the others as death resembles life,
Being between two lives unflowering, between
The live and the dead nettle. This is the use of memory:
For liberation not less of love but expanding
Of love beyond desire, and so liberation
From the future as well as the past.

Eliot, T. S. The Complete Poems and Plays 1909-1950,
(New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952),
Four Quartets: Little Gidding, V, p.145.
 
Eliot, T. S. The Complete Poems and Plays 1909-1950,
(New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1952),
Four Quartets: Little Gidding, III, p.142