Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely

Kristin Brenneman Eno
Oil on panel
62 x 30 inches

This painting remembers the New Orleans of August 29, 2005
and the following days, when the levees broke and the floodwaters came crashing through.....
thousands of lives, many that would be lost, many that are still being repaired today.
The map that appears in the painting focuses on the Lower Ninth Ward, flooded by the waters of the Industrial Canal.
If the painting sells, 29% of proceeds will go to Common Ground Relief, earmarked for their clinic in the Lower Ninth Ward.

ny times article that inspired the title

Dirge Without Music
Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.