Monthly Archives: March 2011

A brief hiatus

The blog will be quiet for the next week as I am getting some much-needed sunshine.

On the way…

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The timing

I can track it by little squares.

After the broken umbrella,

before the return to the roof,

and the ‘truth of poetry’.

It was good for a little while.

For a while it was real.

Getting there…

Gab took this photo of me taking a photo on Memorial Day Weekend last year and I cannot overemphasize how excited I am that we’re getting back to this time of year. Camera, notebook, bathing suit, sunshine, country landscapes, friends… what more do you need?

© Gabriela Herman

Good thing to keep in mind

“Not to bring up something upsetting, but when you leave here today, you may go through a period of unemployment. My suggestion is this: Enjoy the unemployment. Have a second cup of coffee. Go to the park. Read Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman loved being unemployed. I don’t believe he ever did a day’s work in his life. As you may know, he was a poet. If a lot of time goes by and you continue to be unemployed, you may want to consider announcing to all appropriate parties that you have become a poet.”

-Excerpt from John Patrick Shanley’s 2009 commencement speech at College of Mount Saint Vincent (according to IMDB)

A simultaneous celebration and lamentation

She said she wanted California, and out through April she goes.

Left alone for a while, hidden by concrete braces of that East side.

But now it has unfolded.

And we will miss her.

Daphne and the backyard

In a very necessary and awesome turn of events, two of my favorite people visited NYC last week. One of them was the incomparable, life-affirming, wonderful Daphne, seen below, smiling, as usual.

I will always be grateful for the companionship, support and great times with good friends, much of which I’ve had this week. And for sparkling lights in backyards.