August 11, 2009

You and I

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--Description: 21st, McGough R., Love --

I explain quietly. You
hear me shouting. You
try a new tack. I
feel old wounds reopen.

You see both sides. I
see your blinkers. I
am placatory. You
sense a new selfishness.

I am a dove. You
recognize the hawk. You
offer an olive branch. I
feel the thorns.

You bleed. I
see crocodile tears. I
withdraw. You
reel from the impact.

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. He is a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and is a Vice President of the Poetry Society. McGough was responsible for much of the humorous dialogue in The Beatles' animated film, Yellow Submarine, although he did not receive an on-screen credit. At about the same time a selection of his poems was published, along with work from Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, in a best-selling paperback volume of verse entitled The Mersey Sound, first published in 1967, revised in 1983 and again in 2007.

--Word of the Day: insouciant\in-SOO-see-uhnt; Fr. an-soo-SYAHN\, adjective:
1. Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree; nonchalant.
The insouciant gingerbread man skips through the pages with glee, until he meets his . . . demise at the end.
-Judith Constantinides, "The Gingerbread Man", School Library Journal, April 2002

--Quote of the Day: I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

--French Word of the Day: le mariage (noun m.) marriage
(eg) L'institution du mariage a peu changé au cours des siècles.
(transl) The institution of marriage has changed little over the centuries.
broken marriage- mariage brisé
by marriage- par mariage
civil marriage- mariage civil
common-law marriage- concubinage (Juridique)
dissolution of marriage-dissolution de mariage

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