In the presence of life,


still your facial muscles and enter the state of what Wordsworth calls wise passiveness. Then the part of your self that up to then has failed to receive experience will take on and become color, gesture, and the beautiful dead fabric of the unnatural.



The print (with color and contrast restored in Photoshop) is by Kogyo Terasaki (1866-1919), at

The poem by Wordsworth is “Expostulation and Reply.”