Day 312 – Falling Apart

Falling Apart

Day 312

Haunted House by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Here was a place where none would ever come
For shelter, save as we did from the rain.
We saw no ghost, yet once outside again
Each wondered why the other should be so dumb;
And ruin, and to our vision it was plain
Where thrift, outshivering fear, had let remain
Some chairs that were like skeletons of home.

There were no trackless footsteps on the floor
Above us, and there were no sounds elsewhere.
But there was more than sound; and there was more
Than just an axe that once was in the air
Between us and the chimney, long before
Our time. So townsmen said who found her there.

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So, I am caught up again.  I will admit that I shot Monday and Tuesday’s photos on Sunday, with my wisdom teeth and some other dental work scheduled Monday.  As per the usual, things did not fall together perfectly as planned.   I spent Sunday night and early Monday morning in the emergency room due to my non-friendly gallbladder in so much pain that I would have cheerfully died.  I thank God for my wonderful mother who sat with me through the whole ordeal.  I did give the bathroom a lot of business that night with all of the aftereffects.  I did make it to the dentist Monday, much to the surprise of everyone.  My wisdom teeth were pulled, my molar crowned (do NOT eat Corn Nuts), my front tooth re-capped, a small cavity filled and a nice deep cleaning.  Now, at this point I am going to say that I am super duper thankful for Vicodin, not only because of the holes where my teeth used to be but also because of the muscles I pulled on my ribs from retching so hard Sunday and Monday, and for the migraine that will not go peacefully.
Hopefully I can go back to work tomorrow, if only for a few hours.  Cross your fingers!
By the way, Mom took me out to blow some of the stink off today and we made our way to Three Rivers, MI to take her overgrown plecostomus to the fish store.  It is a very run-down and seedy area and was the perfect shot for a girl who just wanted to sit in the car.

Day 305 – A Snail’s Pace

A Snail's Pace

Day 305

The Haughty Snail-King by Vachel Lindsay

Twelve snails went walking after night.
They’d creep an inch or so,
Then stop and bug their eyes
And blow.
Some folks . . . are . . . deadly . . . slow.
Twelve snails went walking yestereve,
Led by their fat old king.
They were so dull their princeling had
No sceptre, robe or ring—
Only a paper cap to wear
When nightly journeying.

This king-snail said: “I feel a thought
Within. . . . It blossoms soon. . . .
O little courtiers of mine, . . .
I crave a pretty boo. . . .
Oh, yes . . . (High thoughts with effort come
And well-bred snails are ALMOST dumb.)
“I wish I had a yellow crown
As glistering . . . as . . . the moon.”

Day 279 – Children’s Room

Children's Room

Day 279

Children Selecting Books In A Library by Randall Jarrell

With beasts and gods, above, the wall is bright.
The child’s head, bent to the book-colored shelves,
Is slow and sidelong and food-gathering,
Moving in blind grace … yet from the mural, Care
The grey-eyed one, fishing the morning mist,
Seizes the baby hero by the hair
And whispers, in the tongue of gods and children,
Words of a doom as ecumenical as dawn
But blanched like dawn, with dew.
The children’s cries
Are to men the cries of crickets, dense with warmth
— But dip a finger into Fafnir, taste it,
And all their words are plain as chance and pain.
Their tales are full of sorcerers and ogres
Because their lives are: the capricious infinite
That, like parents, no one has yet escaped
Except by luck or magic; and since strength
And wit are useless, be kind or stupid, wait
Some power’s gratitude, the tide of things.
Read meanwhile … hunt among the shelves, as dogs do, grasses,
And find one cure for Everychild’s diseases
Beginning: Once upon a time there was
A wolf that fed, a mouse that warned, a bear that rode
A boy. Us men, alas! wolves, mice, bears bore.
And yet wolves, mice, bears, children, gods and men
In slow preambulation up and down the shelves
Of the universe are seeking … who knows except themselves?
What some escape to, some escape: if we find Swann’s
Way better than our own, an trudge on at the back
Of the north wind to — to — somewhere east
Of the sun, west of the moon, it is because we live
By trading another’s sorrow for our own; another’s
Impossibilities, still unbelieved in, for our own …
“I am myself still?” For a little while, forget:
The world’s selves cure that short disease, myself,
And we see bending to us, dewy-eyed, the great
CHANGE, dear to all things not to themselves endeared.
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Four days worth of posts coming in tonight.  I am afraid that this is the only one that I am going to do any writing on.  It was a struggle to get even a modicum of desire to get these shot and even more of a struggle to get them posted at all.  I don’t know what is wrong with me because normally I am quite anxious to see what I have shot enlarged on my monitor, to do my edits and to get them uploaded as well as reading everyone’s posts and looking over photographic offerings.  Oh well, this too shall pass….

Day 201 – Expectation

Expectation

Day 201

Being as Little Children by Raymond A. Foss

Wonder, amazement, at the littlest thing
marvels in all of creation, faith, attachment
in the sound of familiar voices,
Voices of mother, of father, drawing the
head, their eyes, tilting to the common timbre
the nurturing of their parents

Another parent, more loving, eternal
calls us too, to know us, and us them
to turn our beings, our gaze
our lives toward them, to
loving guidance, ageless lessons
distinguishing good from evil,
paths to follow, to avoid
lessons for life, best heard,
when we are open, humble
as little children

These lovely young ladies are watching the older girls dance and are awaiting their cue to go on stage.

I am running a couple of days late in posting; so darn busy!  I have right around 45 photos loaded into Ps for re-sizing and watermarks and maybe a couple of edits but this is all I am catching up with.  Tomorrow will come soon enough and I can post the other three that I will be owing to myself then.  Right now, I am aching to look at the backs of my eyelids.