please tame me

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please tame me


This nearly square typographical composition has the expression "come alive" filling half of the space primarily in the center. "Come" is stacked on top of "alive." The "c" of the word "come" is a lime-green whereas the rest of the work is a rosy pink color. The "e" of "alive" is part lime-green and part rosy pink. The rest of the word "alive" is rosy pink. The word "alive" is upside down with the "a" sideways. Below the word "alive" in the lower right hand corner of the composition are two blocks of color side by side. On the left side is a deep black or navy-blue color and on the right is a pale-purple color. Both of the blocks of color have text filling the space. The text is pale-purple over the dark blue/black color and the text is off white over the pale-purple block of color.
inscribed: come alive / I cannot play with you the fox said i am not tamed / what does that mean said the little prince--tame? / it is an act often neglected, it means to establish ties / to establish ties? / Just that said the fox. to me, you are still nothing more / than a little boy who is just like a hundred thous- / and other little boys. and I have no need of you. And / you on your part, have no need of me. to you i am / nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand / other foxes. but if you tame me, then we shall need / each other. to me, you will be unique in all the world. / to you, I shall be unique in all the world... / I am beginning to understand said the little prince / there is a flower...I think she has tamed me... / it is possible said the fox. On earth one sees all sorts of / things. O but this is not the earth said the little / prince. The fox seemed perplexed and very curious. / On another planet? Yes. Are there hunters on that / planet? No. Nothing is perfect, sighed the fox. / But he came back to his idea. My life is very monoto- / nous, I hunt chickens, men hunt me / All the chickens are just alike, and all the / men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am / a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as / if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know / the sound of a step that will be different from all / the others. Other steps send me hurrying back / underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look / you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not / eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat / fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. / But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think / how wonderful that will be when you have / tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, / will bring me back the thought of you. / And I shall love to listen to the wind in the / wheat... / the fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time. / Please tame me! he said. / the little prince




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29 7/8 x 36 1/8 inches




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Corita (American designer, printmaker, and educator, 1918-1986), “please tame me,” Digital Collections From St Kate's, accessed May 22, 2024,

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