April 24, 2009

Madonna Mia

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charm and inspire your busy day.


--Description: 19th C, Wilde O., Love, Beauty--
 
 


A lily-girl, not made for this world's pain,
With brown, soft hair close braided by her ears,
And longing eyes half veiled by slumberous tears
Like bluest water seen through mists of rain:
Pale cheeks whereon no love hath left its stain,
Red underlip drawn in for fear of love,
And white throat, whiter than the silvered dove,
Through whose wan marble creeps one purple vein.
Yet, though my lips shall praise her without cease,
Even to kiss her feet I am not bold,
Being o'ershadowed by the wings of awe,
Like Dante, when he stood with Beatrice
Beneath the flaming Lion's breast, and saw
The seventh Crystal, and the Stair of Gold.

Oscar Wilde


--Did You Know: Wilde, for much of his life, advocated socialism, which he argued "will be of value simply because it will lead to individualism." He also had a strong libertarian streak as shown in his poem "Sonnet to Liberty" and, subsequently to reading the works of Peter Kropotkin—whom he described as "a man with a soul of that beautiful white Christ which seems coming out of Russia".

--Word of the Day: panache \puh-NASH; -NAHSH\, noun
Meaning: 1. Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
Example: Dessert included a marvelous bread pudding and a fair bananas Foster,the old-time New Orleans dish, which was prepared with great panache tableside, complete with a flambé moment.
(Eric Asimov, "New Orleans, a City of Serious Eaters.", New York Times, July 4, 1999)

--Quote of the Day: The cello is like a beautiful woman who has not grown older, but younger with time, more slender, more supple, more graceful.
(Pau (Pablo) Casals)

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