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Variation On A Theme By Rilke
By Denise Levertov

(The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1)

A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me -- a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task. The day's blow
rang out, metallic -- or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.
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And the moral is never, ever type this phrase in at youtube: count chocula disco.
I particularly like the three wild and crazy guys reference

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Me with triple spirals. I don't recall what this was for but I do look happy!


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Uncle Fester jackolantern from a set of old pics. It's at my house so 2004 or later. I had a Wednesday Addams trick or treat at my house that year and even after she'd told me the jackolantern was a match for her costume, she still had to tell me what the costume was!
The lightbulb was too bright to leave it on, unfortunately.



Sometimes

Jul. 13th, 2016 02:39 pm
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Sometimes

By Ojibway (Anonymous)
(19th Century)

English version by Robert Bly and Frances Densmore

 

Sometimes I go about pitying myself,
and all the time
I am being carried on great winds across the sky.


dragonyphoenix: (raven)
War singing Why Can't We Unfriend with a really long commercial. or on youtube with the word Adisa over the vid. I don't know what that's about.

I'm not sure what got me on this, but I do love this version of the song.

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Original Poetry Meme post.
And, yes, this story's supposed to be 50 words but it's Vita Louise's PoV and she's just not concise.

3. Harvey - "It burned Me -- in the Night --" 
Part Four: Time and Eternity CXXXII by Emily Dickinson

Warm milk was best when one couldn’t sleep. Judge Gaffney now he preferred something hard, Veta knew he did, but that was a man for you. Why you might as well be talking to yourself as try to tell a man that alcohol just excites the body … a person she meant. Warm milk on the other hand, now that was soothing although the taste really wasn’t all that, not unless you added sugar, but not too much sugar. Too much and the drink was too sweet; too little and it wasn’t worth drinking, but just the right amount of sugar completely transformed the drink and then it didn’t taste like warm milk at all.

And wasn’t Elwood just the same? Like warm milk that is, transformed. Why he’d dropped all those boards or chairs or whatever it was he’d been on, he’d given it all up ever since he’d started talking about that white rabbit, six foot was it? or maybe it was six foot three, she could never remember. As if anyone had ever seen a rabbit taller than, oh, she didn’t know, four feet? How big did they get, anyway?

Now that was odd. The light was on in the kitchen and at this hour. She could see it from under the door. Perhaps the cook had realized she’d wanted warm milk and was making it for her. “Elvira? Is that you in there?”

It wasn’t Elvira at all. It was a rabbit, as tall as Elwood had said, standing over her stove. Of all the nerve. “Good evening, Mrs. Simmons. I understand you like warm milk.” He stirred something in the pan. “I’ve put in just the right amount of sugar.”

Well, he was polite at least and he seemed to understand about the milk. “And … and you’re Harvey?”

“Yes. May I call you Vita Louise? Elwood speaks of you so fondly that I feel I already know you.”

Vita felt something harden inside at the sound of her brother’s name. This was the creature that’d been dragging her brother into disreputable establishments. The rabbit poured the warm milk into a mug and held it out to her. “Just the way you like it.”

Vita backed away, toward the door. “No thank you. I just remembered there’s something I have to do, in the other room. Perhaps you’d be so kind as to let yourself out.”

She fled before the rabbit could respond. It would have been hard enough, getting rid of him if he’d been imaginary. How was she supposed to make him go away if he was real?

Poetry meme

Jul. 6th, 2016 11:05 pm
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From Killing Kurare and Lost Spook.
1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

2: Visit
this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.


I've only written two so far although I do have notes for all five six stories. I'd made a list of fandoms, lost it, made another list, and then recalled Life on Mars had been on the original list so I added it back on the end.  Also, the generator seems to have gotten stuck on Emily Dickinson there. For my BtVS story, I should have written about Owen!

1. Babylon 5 - "Destiny guides the water-pilot, and it is destiny" from John Ashbery's
Two Scenes - and how cool a surname is Ashbery!

A fountain. A human mother and child. Singing tenderly, she didn’t seem an implacable enemy although Lennier did question the wisdom placing cradles in the tops of trees.

At first he’d feared coming among the humans, but that had been a mistake. Here he could learn. This was his path.

***
2. BtVS - "I deemed my work was fitly done,"

He’d told himself he couldn’t violate tradition. He’d told himself she wouldn’t be hurt. He hadn’t seen that he’d been too cowardly to tell them to take their Cruciamentum and shove it.

Relieved of duty. Fired. It didn’t matter what the Council thought. He’d been wrong to betray his Slayer.

***

3. Harvey - "It burned Me -- in the Night --" 
Part Four: Time and Eternity CXXXII by Emily Dickinson

***
4. Leverage - "Let him be quick -- the Viand flits --"  Life Poem 42: Time's Lesson by Emily Dickinson

“Parker. Wallet.”

She grinned as she handed it back and then hugged him. Archie’s smile hid his guilt. He’d hurt her as much as anyone. He could have raised Parker as his own, but couldn’t reveal himself to his family. No credit to him that she’d turned out so well.

***
5. The Unwritten - "To ponder little Workmanships"
Part Four: Time and Eternity LIII by Emily Dickinson

***
6. Life on Mars - "And as the Rose appears,"
After the war, Granny’d been forced out of welding. “Never saw another job like it, but that taught me to know what I want and watch for my chance.”

There weren’t any female detectives … yet, but women were serving as officers. Annie took the job and watched for her chance.
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A firefly on the wall at night looks exactly like a roach, like a flying roach.
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Knitting and crochet have evolved way beyond grandma’s classic and lovingly-made afghan blanket to become one the hottest trends in modern art. In her film YARN, director Una Lorenzen introduces us to the women artists who are changing perceptions and redefining these traditional crafts by “bringing yarn out of the house and into the world.”
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