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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Is Here




THE TREES,
by Philip Larkin

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.
Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too.
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.
Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

―Philp Larkin, "High Windows," (Faber and Faber 1974).

Art Credit: Gustav Klimt, "Flower Garden,"

Monday, April 3, 2017

I awaken to the true path



Drifting pitifully in the whirlwind of birth and death,
As if wandering in a dream,
In the midst of illusion I awaken to the true path;
There is one more matter I must not neglect,
But I need not bother now,
As I listen to the sound of the evening rain
Falling on the roof of my temple retreat
In the deep grass of Fukakusa.

 —Eihei Dōgen (1200 - 1253)

 Pictured: Hasui Kawase, "Rainy Night at Maekawa," 1932

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down



Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train,
Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.
In the winter of '65,
We were hungry, just barely alive.
By May tenth, Richmond had fell,
it's a time I remember, oh so well,
 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, when all the bells were ringing,
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin'.
They went, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,

Back with my wife in Tennessee,
When one day she called to me,
Said "Virgil, quick, come and see, there goes the Robert E. Lee!"
Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good.
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest,
But they should never have taken the very best.
 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, when all the bells were ringing,
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin'.
They went, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,

Like my father before me, I will work the land,
And like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand.
He was just eighteen, proud and brave,
But a Yankee laid him in his grave,
And I swear by the mud below my feet,
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat.
 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, when all the bells were ringing,
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin'. They went, Na, Na, Na, Na,
Na,  Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Prepare for the Future




“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”

― Albert Einstein

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