November 10, 2009

Prayer For A New Mother

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--Description: 20th C, Parker D., Childhood, Christianity, Love, Parenting--

The things she knew, let her forget again ---
The voices in the sky, the fear, the cold,
The gaping shepherds, and the queer old men
Piling their clumsy gifts of foreign gold.

Let her have laughter with her little one;
Teach her the endless, tuneless songs to sing,
Grant her her right to whisper to her son
The foolish names one dare not call a king.

Keep from her dreams the rumble of a crowd,
The smell of rough-cut wood, the trail of red,
The thick and chilly whiteness of the shroud
That wraps the strange new body of the dead.

Ah, let her go, kind Lord, where mothers go
And boast his pretty words and ways, and plan
The proud and happy years that they shall know
Together, when her son is grown a man.


Dorothy Parker

--Did You Know: (August 22, 1893–June 7, 1967) Parker was an American writer and poet, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group she later disdained. Following the breakup of that circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist. Parker went through three marriages (two to the same man) and survived several suicide attempts, but grew increasingly dependent on alcohol. Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker". Nevertheless, her literary output and her sparkling wit have endured.

--Word of the Day: refulgent \rih-FUL-juhnt\, adjective:
Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.
Example
If Moore was not quite a burned-out case, his once refulgent light flickered only dimly in his sad last years.
-Martin Filler, "The Spirit of '76", New Republic, July 9, 2001

--Quote of the Day: This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
-Aristotle

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--TRIVIA FUN: What ethnic group was largely responsible for building most of the early railways in the U.S. West?

ANSWER: SEE TOMORROW'S POST...
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