Follow the Money


Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.


Nothing Gold Can Stay

Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963




Blues singer Lil Green performs the classic tune “Why Don’t You Do Right?” in this recording dating from April 23, 1941. From the original 78rpm disk ( ).


I listen to money singing. It’s like looking down

From long french windows at a provincial town,

The slums, the canal, the churches ornate and mad

In the evening sun. It is intensely sad.



Philip Larkin, 1922–1985




8 thoughts on “Follow the Money

  1. I looked to see if I could identify any recognisable objects etc in the first image, but could find none. How did you build up the compositions? It is more opaque than usual. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the music, poems and images. Thanks Joseph. It was fun being here as usual. 😌

    1. The burnished golden brown segment in the first image originated as a photo of a medium sized brown document envelope. I had added an embossed glyph to it in a different composition. Started playing with it from there.

      Other elements are my usual mix of paper and other textures. Somewhere in the process of experimentation I decided to call the pieces, follow the money. It bubbled up out of some sort of unconscious association – perhaps the envelope.

      Working with that as the title of the post, I then stated looking at things money related – also gold coin related. So the final result is a mix of my intention and my rambling thoughts. 😀

      1. The coin is a representational/metaphor symbol. My image/word association as I processed ideas. Or just my blathering echo mind chamber bouncing off the inner wall. 😀

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