Three on Thursday, Poetry

Three on Thursday, Poetry

April is National Poetry Month and today I am sharing with you three poems that I frequently think of or read. Poems that were introduced to me by my grandfather, poems I discovered on my own, and poems that I discovered through you…

Poem One:
Purple Martins by Carl Sandburg
If we were such and so, the same as these,
maybe we too would be slingers and sliders,
tumbling half over the water mirrors,
tumbling half over at the horse heads of the sun,
tumbling our purple numbers.

Twirl on, you and your satin blue.
Be water birds, be air birds.
Be these purple tumblers you are.

Dip and get away
From loops into slip-knots,
Write your own ciphers and figure eights.
It is your wooded island here in Lincoln park.
Everybody knows this belongs to you.

Five fat geese
Eat grass on a sod bank
And never count your slinging ciphers,
your sliding figure eights,

A man on a green paint iron bench,
Slouches his feet and sniffs in a book,
And looks at you and your loops and slip-knots,
And looks at you and your sheaths of satin blue,
And slouches again and sniffs in the book,
And mumbles: It is an idle and a doctrinaire exploit.
Go on tumbling half over in the water mirrors.
Go on tumbling half over at the horse heads of the sun.
Be water birds, be air birds.
Be these purple tumblers you are.

Poem Two:
Ode To Ironing by Pablo Neruda
Poetry is white:
it comes from water swathed in drops,
it wrinkles and gathers,
this planet’s skin has to spread out,
the sea’s whiteness has to be ironed out,
and the hands keep moving,
the sacred surfaces get smoothed,
and things are done this way:
the hands make the world every day,
fire conjoins with steel,
linen, canvas, and cotton arrive
from the scuffles in the laundries,
and from light a dove is born:
chastity returns out of the foam.
Poem Three:
The Journey by Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

And, there you have my Three on Thursday contribution… want to see more? Head on over to Carole’s!

Three on Thursday | 4.5.18

Three on Thursday | 4.5.18

Today’s things are a “mixed bag” …

Thing One:

In the WTF Category

Thing Two:

I have just 18 rows to go on my Cluaranach! Well, 19 if you count my kitchner row…

Thing Three:

I have not gotten a hair cut in 8 months, but all that ends today! Yes, I have an appointment to visit my hairdresser this afternoon! I am beyond excited…silly, I know!

And, there you have the things from my world today! Want to see more? Head on over to Carole’s!

Three on Thursday | 3.29.18

Three on Thursday | 3.29.18

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful! e.e. cummings

I am desperately trying to see my back yard through the lens of cummings, so today I am sharing three good things about the rain!

Thing One:

After several of moderately warm and rainy days, my forsythia is ready to explode with color and the leaf buds on the lilac bush are ready to burst open. Should this phenomenon happen, expect some brilliant forsythia photos tomorrow! I have my fingers crossed!

Thing Two:

The non-stop rains have helped me focus on my list and in such, I have made excellent headway and the end of the list is near!

Thing Three:

We have a “window” of no rain in the forecast starting Saturday and lasting through Monday! Which is PERFECT because it encompasses both Easter Sunday and Steve’s birthday on Monday! Now, I am not holding my breath because weather forecasting in the Pittsburgh area leaves much to be desired, but I am hopeful!

And, with that I am off to finish those last few things on my list! Want to see more things? Head on over to Carole’s!

Three on Thursday | 3.22.18

Three on Thursday | 3.22.18

Thing One:

Spring Envy: Yesterday’s snowmageddon was an assault to my spring longings. The fact that I had to stitch snow into my spring sampler was painful. However, this mornings trek outside with Sherman had me rethinking “painful” as the poor robins in the photo so aptly showed me what painful really is. They are all puffed up and are perhaps even more pissed off with these dregs of winter than I am!

Thing Two:

Knitting Dissatisfaction: The new knitty is out. I had looked with interest at Arashi, but the directions seem unclear to me and a bit too ambiguous, even for an adventurous knitter. And, the other 12 patterns? Well, nothing there screamed “knit me” at all.

Thing Three:

Risky Driving Drawing: Thank you to the Bridgeville Police Department for this brilliant tweet yesterday. A picture is worth a thousand words… or crashes as the case was yesterday! But, note to the artist… next time make sure the map is of Pittsburgh rather than Washington DC!

These are my things for today, random as they are! Want to see more? Head on over to Carole’s!

Beware the Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March

Today’s Things are all about the Ides of March

THING ONE:

Did you know there is a website called shmoop.com and that they have an entire section on the Omens of Julius Caesar? Neither did I but thank you Google!

THING TWO:

Need to brush up on those Julius Caesar assassination facts? Because what is better than knowing some history from 44BC, amirite?

THING THREE:

Once you have studied up, perhaps you’d like to take the sparknotes Julius Caesar Quiz!

There you have it, Happy March 15th everyone. Want to see more mid-March lists? Head on over to Carole’s!

Three on Thursday | 3.8.18

Three on Thursday | 3.8.18

Today is International Woman’s Day and I am sharing three women who have had an impact on my life.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank.

When I read Anne Frank’s Diary my life was forever changed. Her words had a profound impact on my being. It was difficult to realize that people did not all automatically have love and respect for each other. I was even more lucky to visit the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam years later where her simple writing is not forgotten and it continues to change the world today.

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Gloria Steinem.

She was the first woman I recognized as a feminist. She gave that word new meaning and I wanted very much to be a feminist too! She gave a new meaning to the word for me – being a feminist was not a dirty word, but rather a glorious description of what a woman should be.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou.

I will never forget watching the inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton, not because it was such an amazing thing, but rather because of Maya Angelou’s poem. It was the first time I was entirely enthralled by the words of a poem read masterfully by its author.

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