March 14, 2009

Piano

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--Description: Lawrence D.H., 20th C, Childhood--



Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cozy parlor, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamor
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamor
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.


D. H. Lawrence


--Did You Know:  He was an English author, poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization.

--Word of the Day:  somniloquy (som-NIL-uh-kwee), noun
Meaning: The act or habit of talking while asleep.
Example: "Somniloquy can occur in all stages of sleep (both dream and nondream sleep), though individuals awakened while talking in their sleep will often recall dreaming. Sleep talking usually does not result insignificant problems for individuals; however, it may be embarrassing if noted by family or friends."
(Sleep Talking Usually Not Serious; The Cincinnati Post; May 4, 2004.)

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