The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #35

Mine America's Coal (Portrait of a Coal Miner) (1943)


Brent McKee said...

As always with Rockwell it is that tiny details that make it feel right. In this case it's the pin that the miner is wearing on his overalls with the two blue stars. It's a replica of a service flag indicating that he has two sons in the military.

shrineodreams said...

This is also a comment on the unpopular Mine Strike of 1943. Rockwell is saying it ain't the miners, it's the union. More specifically the hated UMW boss John L. Lewis.