August 14, 2009

Soil

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--Description: 21st C, McGough R., Aging, Childhood, Nature, Seasons--


We've ignored each other for a long time
and I'm strictly an indoor man
anytime to call would be the wrong time
I'll avoid you as long as I can

When I was a boy we were good friends
I made pies out of you when you were wet
And in childhood's remembered summer weather
We roughandtumbled together
We were very close

just you and me and the sun
the world a place for having fun
always so much to be done

But gradually I grew away from you
Of course you were still there
During my earliest sexcapades
When I roughandfumbled
Not very well after bedtime
But suddenly it was winter
And you seemed so cold and dirty
That I stayed indoors and acquired
A taste for girls and clean clothes

we found less and less to say
you were jealous so one day
I simply upped and moved away

I still called to see you on occasions
But we had little now in common
And my visits grew less frequent
Until finally
One coldbright April morning
A handful of you drummed
On my fathers waxworked coffin

at last it all made sense
there was no need for pretence
you said nothing in defense

And now recently
While traveling from town to town
Past where you live
I have become increasingly aware
Of you watching me out there.
Patient and unforgiving
Toying with the trees.

we've avoided each other for a long time
and I'm strictly a city man
anytime to call would be the wrong time
I'll avoid you as long as I can

Roger McGough

--Did You Know: (born 9 November 1937) McGough is a well-known English performance poet. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please and records voice-overs for commercials, as well as performing his own poetry regularly. One of McGough's more unusual compositions was created in 1981, when he co-wrote an "electronic poem" called Now Press Return with the programmer Richard Warner for inclusion with the Welcome Tape of the BBC Micro home computer. Now Press Return incorporated several novel themes, including user-defined elements to the poem, lines which changed their order (and meaning) every few seconds, and text which wrote itself in a spiral around the screen. McGough won a Cholmondeley Award in 1998, and was awarded the CBE in June 2004.[8] He holds an honorary MA from Nene College of Further Education;[citation needed] was awarded an honorary degree from Roehampton University in 2006;[citation needed] as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool on 3 July 2006

--Word of the Day: ennui, en⋅nui/ɑnˈwi, ˈɑnwi; Fr. ɑ̃ˈnwi/(noun)
Pronunciation [ahn-wee, ahn-wee; Fr. ahn-nwee]
A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.
Quote:
He glanced at his heavily laden bookshelves. Nothing there appealed to him. The ennui seemed to have settled into his very bones.
-Amanda Quick, With This Ring

--Quote of the Day: Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.
-Edgar Cayce

--French Word of the Day: le jardin (noun m.) garden
(eg) Ces oignons viennent du jardin derrière la maison.
(transl) These onions are from the garden in my backyard.

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