A Farewell to “Diaries” from
 -   “the woman behind the Man”

“Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air . .
Send in the Clowns.”

I am writing this in “memory” of the amazing Artist, Nicola SIMBARI, whom I married some 55 years ago, with the deep felt PROMISE (and Pledge) to stand with him through his life, and help him in his Belief in HIS Talent.  I have kept MY word . . . but I can no longer do it alone . . . for, I am   ‘alone’.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the Clowns?
Send in the Clowns.

I am convinced that “one day” Collectors [and Public] will recognize the extra-ordinary talents of ‘this man of our Times’ - - - but, I fear, that this will not be in my Life-time!

Just when I stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

His amazing “Oeuvres”, throughout his career, tell us of a Man who LOVED LIFE. As his “style” changed, with his age and understanding of ‘his life’, he has always been TRUE to his amazing GIFT . . . at least, until his illness in the early 90s, when he stopped working - - - he  has not worked since.

Don’t you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want . .
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the Clowns?
There ought to be Clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here.

I see NON-Art written about, and extolled, as “Genius”! And I fear for a ‘Society’ that cannot see how ridiculous it all is.
ART is an expression of US . . . what does a ‘blank canvas’ “say” about US . . . there is a saying “Ignorance is Bliss” . . I certainly hope so . . !

I came from a theatrical ‘world’, and SIMBARI’s art expressed (for me) Life’s Theatre . . . the laughter and the tears . . . and most of all the Humour . . . and The Love of LIFE - - -

Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the Clowns?
There ought to be Clowns.
Well, maybe next year.

From “A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim

Somehow this haunting song tells the ‘story’ of Nicola’s and my long life together (and apart) . . .

Will SIMBARI’s exciting works be heralded in the Future ? I don’t know . . . but I believe he will be recognized - - for HIS JOY of LIFE and amazing talent and Renaissance Schooling, learned from the great Masters of Italian Art.

Nicola Simbari - Faded - The Circus Family
    “The Circus Family” acrylic on canvas ©Nicola Simbari

. . . I am a BELIEVER . . . Elfrida

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