Uncertain Loss

She divorced him long ago
but when he died she felt a loss
that she didn’t quite understand
Perhaps a dream that had lived on
as half a life, as a whisper in the night
that was forever gone

She mostly remembered the anger
but some around her noticed
that she never quite let him go
It was never a hope to reclaim the past
more a wish that the past had not been
what it turned out to be

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De-Twittering

Way, way back in the beginning of the World Wide Web days, there was this website called The Spot. At first we weren’t sure what it was, but soon realized it was basically web-based soap opera. It was somewhat entertaining at first, but pretty soon just became a dramasnarl. I was reminded of The Spot recently while reading twitter, that it was just one drama snippet after another, interspersed with political outrages and memes. So, I’ve decided to walk away. My corner of twitter was so tiny that there really seemed to be no point on continuing anyway.

Now to think about Facebook.

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The Moon-Spinners

This is strange, I guess, but a movie that has stuck with me since I was young is “The Moon-Spinners”. It came out when I was 10, starring Hayley Mills and Eli Wallach, but that isn’t why I remember it. I mean, I was 10, and my absolute knowledge that Hayley Mills was the perfect girl was a couple of years away. No, the reason I remember the movie is based completely on one scene:

And here’s the thing – I’ve never seen the movie. Maybe I saw an ad for it, or maybe my family was watching it and I walked through – it was a Disney movie, so I’m sure at some point it was on television. But other than my unfortunate experience with “Sleeping Beauty”, when as a 5-year-old I apparently tried to hide under the theater seat during the dragon scene, it’s the earliest movie I remember. And I never realized it was set in and filmed in Crete, although I recognized the similarity to that windmill when I was in the Greek Isles in 2014. This photo was taken on Mykonos, not Crete, but it’s the same style, just without the sails deployed:

I guess at some point before the end of things I should watch that movie.

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They Have Always Been Here

They have always been here
Faces that don’t look like us
Voices that don’t sound like us
But we kept them far away
We hid them from our children
We hid them from ourselves
We kept them from the light
We knew this was our land
This was our world
Now we see their sin
They wouldn’t stay out of the light
They wanted things
They wanted things for their children
They wanted things for themselves
They have always been here

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Two Poems

One I’ve known for years, one I just discovered today (through listening to an episode of the podcast “Atomic Hobo” – “How To Survive An Atomic Bomb”). And I was struck by how both expressed the same sentiment, with different words, different moods, different times, but so similar in meaning. Today’s discovery was by Sara Teasdale, titled “There Will Come Soft Rains” and written in 1918 …

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

The second poem is by Kendrew Lascelles and seems to have been written in 1971. It’s titled “When All The Laughter Dies In Sorrow”:

When all the laughter dies in sorrow
And the tears have risen to a flood
When all the wars have found a cause
In human wisdom and in blood
Do you think they’ll cry in sadness
Do you think the eye will blink
Do you think they’ll curse the madness
Do you even think they’ll think

When all the great galactic systems
Sigh to a frozen halt in space
Do you think there will be some remnant
Of beauty of the human race
Do you think there will be a vestige
Or a sniffle or a cosmic tear
Do you think a greater thinking thing
Will give a damn that man was here

The world of 1971 was very different from that of 1918, and both are different from today, but each had/has its horrifying aspects. I wonder what poems written now will cause someone in the future to look back at these?

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