February 14, 2014

Let Evening Come

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--Description: 21st, Kenyon J., Contentment, Night


Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.


Jane Kenyon

--Did You Know: Jane Kenyon (May 23, 1947 – April 22, 1995) was an American poet and translator. Her work is often characterized as simple, spare, and emotionally resonant. Kenyon was the second wife of poet, editor, and critic Donald Hall who made her the subject of many of his poems. Kenyon was born in 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1970 and an M.A. in 1972. She won a Hopwood Award at Michigan. Also, while a student at the University of Michigan, Kenyon met the poet Donald Hall; though he was some nineteen years her senior, she married him in 1972, and they moved to Eagle Pond Farm, his ancestral home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Read more at: Jane Kenyon on Wiki.

--Word of the Day: dulcify - \ DUHL-suh-fahy \ , verb;
1.
to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.
2.
to sweeten.

Example:
The delectable little Dutch songs with which she used to dulcify the house grew less and less frequent, and she would forget her sewing, and look wistfully in her father’s face as he sat pondering by the fireside.
-- Washington Irving, “Wolfert Webber, or Golden Dreams,” Tales of a Traveller, by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. , 1824

--Quote of the Day: "To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive ... and impoverished."
~Roland Barthes

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February 10, 2014

The Laughter of Women

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--Description: 21st C, Mueller L., Humor, Joy, Life


The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness

It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out

The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again

Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women

It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two unfriendly shores
like flares that signal the news to each other

What a language it is, the laughter of women,
high-flying and subversive.
Long before law and scripture
we heard the laughter, we understood freedom.

Lisel Mueller

--Did You Know: Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924 and immigrated to America at the age of 15. Her father, Fritz C. Neumann, was a professor at Evansville College. Her mother died in 1953. "Though my family landed in the Midwest, we lived in urban or suburban environments," she once wrote. She and her husband, Paul Mueller (d. 2001) built a home in Lake Forest, Illinois in the 1960s, where they raised two daughters and lived for many years. Mueller currently resides in a retirement community in Chicago. Her poems are extremely accessible, yet intricate and layered. While at times whimsical and possessing a sly humor, there is an underlying sadness in much of her work.

--Word of the Day: schuss \shoos\, verb:
1. Skiing. to execute a schuss.
noun:
1. a straight downhill run at high speed.

When he schussed down the shallower pistes, his skis were closely parallel and his knees were barely flexed as he rode the moguls.
-- Nigel Slater, Falcon, 1979

--Quote of the Day: A well-developed sense of humor is the pole
that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

--Language Arts-Italian: cercare: to look for
Part of speech: verb
Example sentence: Ho perso un orecchino nell'erba; รจ meglio se lo cerco prima che faccia buio.
Sentence meaning: I've lost an earring in the grass; I had better look for it before it gets dark.

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