Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

Who Are You?

NB: This is a repost from August 24, 2019. My eyes no longer permit long form writing. Who Are You? None of us wants our personality judged when we’re drunk, high, or have lost our temper. “That’s not who I … Continue reading

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Amen and Awoman?!

Monday, January 4, 2021 “When I use a word,”Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘It means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” In the news this morning: “Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., altered … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Wonder Woman 1984 Review 7.5 out of 10 A good film. This is a romance and “hope conquers all” movie with action serving as a backdrop. It is not a normal follow on to a superhero movie. It is obviously … Continue reading

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The Years by Sara Teasdale

More fine poetry from Teasdale. Another poem of hers is here. (internal link) In my youth, time seemed to begin anew when meeting someone new. The Years by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) Read by Ghizela Rowe The Years To-night … Continue reading

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My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz (1648 – 1695) The steeple bells of passion and love in poetry chime and peal uninterrupted through the centuries. This reading is by the best … Continue reading

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You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke

A poem from the Book of Hours. Read by Ghizela Rowe. Translator unknown. I’m a big fan of Rilke and I have numerous posts on him at this site. This is just one (internal link). Given the often wide variations … Continue reading

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Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling

The immortal Rudyard Kipling. (one of many internal links) A favorite poem. Masterful use of call and response. Danny Deever By Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) ‘What are the bugles blowin’ for?’ said Files-on-Parade. ‘To turn you out, to turn … Continue reading

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Burns Day is Coming Up

The next Burns Day will be celebrated in Scotland and in much of the literate world on January 25, 2021. Burns Day, and perhaps more importantly, Burns Night, began informally in 1801. It has since become an official holiday in … Continue reading

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La Marseillaise Sung by Mireille Mathieu (with English subtitles)

I’ve never understood La Marseillaise until now. An anthem so stirring it could churn butter. As all translations differ, the version below differs from what is on the video. La Marseillaise – English lyrics From http://www.marseillaise.org/english/english.html Arise children of the … Continue reading

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Wakefulness By Amy Lowell

Wakefulness Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) Was Lowell influenced by Japanese poets? The first three lines are short descriptors, declarative statements, much like haiku.  Read by Ghizela Rowe. Jolt of market-carts; Steady drip of horses’ hoofs on hard pavement; A … Continue reading

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