Jan 10, 2015

Poetry Solace: aimless love

This poem is taken from a poetry collection (book) of the same name by Billy Collins. This will be the last poem that I'll share from this poet. I usually prefer short(er) poems but this is one of the few longs ones that I like. Hope you'll like it too..

Aimless Love
This morning as I walked along the lakeshore,
I fell in love with a wren
and later in the day with a mouse
the cat had dropped under the dining room table.

In the shadows of an autumn evening,
I fell for a seamstress
still at her machine in the tailor's window,
and later for a bowl of broth,
steam rising like smoke from a naval battle.

This is the best kind of love, I thought,
without recompense, without gifts,
or unkind words, without suspicion,
or silence on the telephone.

The love of the chestnut,
the jazz cap and one hand on the wheel.

No lust, no slam of the door --
the love of the miniature orange tree,
the clean white shirt, the hot evening shower,
the highway that cuts across Florida.

No waiting, no huffiness, or rancor --
just a twinge every now and then

for the wren who had built her nest
on a low branch overhanging the water
and for the dead mouse,
still dressed in its light brown suit.

But my heart is always propped up
in a field on its tripod,
ready for the next arrow.

After I carried the mouse by the tail
to a pile of leaves in the woods,
I found myself standing at the bathroom sink
gazing down affectionately at the soap,

so patient and soluble,
so at home in its pale green soap dish.
I could feel myself falling again
as I felt its turning in my wet hands
and caught the scent of lavender and stone.

Have a great weekend!

Dec 28, 2014

Sunday Serenade: one minute more

A few more days to 2015.. time flies, whether we like it or not.. This week I'm sharing this song by Capital Cities called One Minute More.. its lyrics is a reminder to us to not wait a minute more as the sun (continues to) shine.. Enjoy!

One minute more
Don't wait for an invitation
No need for reservation
This life is an exploration
And you gotta see what I see in you

I can't wait one minute more
The sun does shine (x2)
We can't wait one minute more
The sun does shine (x2)
[end of chorus]

Just think of a destination
I'll be your transportation
We'll find there's a kind of place
That can only be seen with the naked mind


There's a key that opens the door
Will you find and turn it?
Take your time, don't take too long
There's a map that's washed ashore
Will you find it and burn it?

Unleash your imagination
Two stars one constellation
Bright lights just to guide the way
Can you see, what I see in you?

[chorus] (x2)

Have a great New Year's Eve/Day party! Be safe..

Dec 27, 2014

Poetry Solace: a word about transitions

This week another poem from Billy Collins.. I like his poems because they are simple yet complex.. no need to think too deep about what kind of metaphor(s) he using and what he is trying to say.. yet his poems are not that literal.. Sometimes they are kinda light and funny like this one that I've chosen for you..

A Word About Transitions
Moreover is not a good way to begin a poem
though many start somewhere in the middle.

Secondly should not be placed
at the opening of your second stanza.

Furthermore should be regarded
as a word to avoid,

Aforementioned is rarely found
in poems at all and for good reason.

Most steer clear of notwithstanding
and the same goes for

nevertheless, however,
as a consequence, in any event,

and as we have seen in the previous chapters

Finally's appearance at the top 
of the final stanza is not going to help.

All of which suggests (another no-no)
that poems don't need to tell us where we are

or what is soon to come.
For example, the white bowl of lemons

on a table by a window
is fine all by itself

and, in conclusion, so are
seven elephants standing in the rain.

Have a fun post-Christmas weekend! Enjoy and stay safe!

Dec 21, 2014

Sunday Serenade: am i wrong

Found this song while surfing... really like the lyrics.. especially:
I ain't trying to do what everybody else doing
Just cause everybody doing what they all do
If one thing I know - I'll fall but I'll grow
Hope you'll like it as much as I do..

Have a fun Christmas week! Have fun but stay safe!

Dec 14, 2014

Sunday Serenade: shake it off

This is the one of the best songs (in my opinion) for exercise.. I know I'm gonna put it in my jogging playlist.. It is fun and catchy, and the lyrics is meaningful.. I'm not gonna put it here cos it's kinda long, but you can get it here.. Let's shake it off with Taylor Swift this Sunday morning!

Try to have a productive week ahead although Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!