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Antigone

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Posted: Sep 12, 2014 - 4:51am

A murder of crows
Flew over me this morning.
An ominous sign.

(the dog and I walk)



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Posted: Sep 11, 2014 - 10:52am

 Antigone wrote:

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS

When despair for the world grows in me
...
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Wendell Berry
  {#Clap}
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Posted: Sep 11, 2014 - 10:39am

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Wendell Berry
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Posted: Sep 10, 2014 - 11:46am

You Reading This, Be Ready

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life––

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

~ William Stafford


Antigone

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Posted: Sep 5, 2014 - 3:11pm

Interview with poet Edward Hirsch.

"One of the things that happens to everyone who is grief-stricken, who has lost someone, is there comes a time when everyone else just wants you to get over it, but of course you don't get over it. You get stronger; you try and live on; you endure; you change; but you don't get over it. You carry it with you."
ScottN
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Posted: Aug 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Took me a few readings to get it;  first the rhythm and then the meaning.  I think it is very good....

Season

This hour along the valley this light at the end
       of summer lengthening as it begins to go
this whisper in the tawny grass this feather floating
       in the air this house of half a life or so
this blue door open to the lingering sun this stillness
       echoing from the rooms like an unfinished sound
this fraying of voices at the edge of the village
       beyond the dusty gardens this breath of knowing
without knowing anything this old branch from which
       years and faces go on falling this presence already
far away this restless alien in the cherished place
       this motion with no measure this moment peopled
with absences with everything that I remember here
       eyes the wheeze of the gate greetings birdsongs in winter
the heart dividing dividing and everything
       that has slipped my mind as I consider the shadow
all this has occurred to somebody else who has gone
       as I am told and in deed it has happened again
and again and I go on trying to understand
       how that could ever be and all I know of them
is what they felt in the light here in this late summer

W.S. Merwin

 
ScottN
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Posted: Aug 22, 2014 - 4:05pm

 Antigone wrote:
The dawning clouds go
Through different artists' styles
As today arrives.

(the dog and I walk)

Saw Turner, Bierstadt, Dali and Wyeth ... among others.
 
Lucky you.  Nice Billy Collins poem, too.
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Posted: Aug 22, 2014 - 4:53am

The dawning clouds go
Through different artists' styles
As today arrives.

(the dog and I walk)

Saw Turner, Bierstadt, Dali and Wyeth ... among others.



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Posted: Aug 20, 2014 - 7:36am

Silence

There is the sudden silence of the crowd
above a player not moving on the field,
and the silence of the orchid.

The silence of the falling vase
before it strikes the floor,
the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child.

The stillness of the cup and the water in it,
the silence of the moon
and the quiet of the day far from the roar of the sun.

The silence when I hold you to my chest,
the silence of the window above us,
and the silence when you rise and turn away.

And there is the silence of this morning
which I have broken with my pen,
a silence that had piled up all night

like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
the silence before I wrote a word
and the poorer silence now.

~ Billy Collins


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Posted: Aug 20, 2014 - 5:28am

A sliver of moon
Vanishes behind a gauze
Of high morning clouds.

(the dog and I walk)
Antigone

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Posted: Aug 19, 2014 - 6:04am

Ominous pink skies,
Who knew there was such a thing?
"Red sky at morning ..."
ScottN
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Posted: Aug 18, 2014 - 6:22am

The Cabbages of Chekhov

Some gamblers abandon carefully built houses
In order to live near water. It's all right. One day
On the river is worth a thousand nights on land.

It is our attraction to ruin that saves us;
And disaster, friends, brings us health. Chekhov
Shocks the heavens with his dark cabbages.

William Blake knew that fierce old man,
Irritable, chained and majestic, who bends over
To measure with his calipers the ruin of the world.

It takes so little to make me happy tonight!
Four hours of singing will do it, if we remember
How much of our life is a ruin, and agree to that.

Butterflies spend all afternoon concentrating
On the buddleia bush; human beings take in
The fragrance of a thousand nights of ruin.

We planted fields of sorrow near the Tigris.
The Harvesters will come in at the end of time
And tell us that the crop of ruin has been great.

MN's own Robert Bly


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Posted: Aug 17, 2014 - 5:29am

It was a rough week last week. RW's death, so reminiscent of the death of the brilliant actor/writer/comedian/artist who I dated many years ago. Finding out that the volunteer training program I was so anticipating starting this fall had to be postponed ...

So, today starts a new week.

A blue heron flies
And a rainbow without rain.
An auspicious start.

(The dog and I walk)


Antigone

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Posted: Aug 15, 2014 - 11:14am

And I saw the river
over which every soul must pass
to reach the kingdom of heaven
and the name of that river was suffering:
and I saw the boat
which carries souls across the river
and the name of that boat was
Love.

~Saint John of the Cross

ScottN
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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 - 7:07am

Postscript

And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you'll park and capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.

Seamus Heaney


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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 - 5:12pm

The Love of Morning

It is hard sometimes to drag ourselves
back to the love of morning
after we've lain in the dark crying out
O God, save us from the horror . . . .

God has saved the world one more day
even with its leaden burden of human evil;
we wake to birdsong.
And if sunlight's gossamer lifts in its net
the weight of all that is solid,
our hearts, too, are lifted,
swung like laughing infants;

but on gray mornings,
all incident - our own hunger,
the dear tasks of continuance,
the footsteps before us in the earth's
beloved dust, leading the way - all,
is hard to love again
for we resent a summons
that disregards our sloth, and this
calls us, calls us.

~ Denise Levertov


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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 - 4:24pm

 ScottN wrote:
Very nice. {#Cheers}   Who is Carlene M.?


 
A very dear friend of mine.
Antigone

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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 - 4:05pm

 ScottN wrote:
 Antigone wrote:
...

 Very nice as well, and graphics to boot!   Author?  {#Good-vibes}   {#Clap}

 
Sorry. Billy Collins.
ScottN
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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 - 4:02pm

 Antigone wrote:
...

 Very nice as well, and graphics to boot!   Author?  {#Good-vibes}   {#Clap}


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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 - 3:54pm


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