By Henry King
Brave flowers, that I could gallant it like you
And be as little vaine,
You come abroad, and make a harmelesse shew,
And to your bedds of Earthe againe;
You are not proud, you know your birth
For your Embroiderd garments are from Earth:
You doe obey your moneths, and times, but I
Would have it ever springe,
My fate would know noe winter, never dye
Nor thinke of such a thing;
Oh that I could my bedd of Earth but view
And Smile, and looke as Chearefully as you:
Oh teach me to see Death, and not to feare
But rather to take truce;
How often have I seene you at a Beere,
And there look fresh and spruce;
You fragrant flowers then teach me that my breath
Like yours may sweeten, and perfume my Death.
We had thunderstorms on Thursday night that dropped the temperature on Friday nearly 20 degrees, so it was a gorgeous, clear, not-too-warm spring morning. I did not have a vehicle to drive, since Paul's is in the shop (and needs a new compressor, not just a minor repair to the A/C, meaning that it's going to cost a bloody fortune and take three days to fix), so since I couldn't drive around to see the local flowers, I took a walk. The cherries have lost their petals, but we have dogwoods, crabapples, and redbuds, plus our neighbor's tree that dumps red berries on our porch 51 weeks a year yet this week produces absolutely beautiful pink flowers. We've had lots of birds visiting our feeder since spring arrived, and today we had a blue jay, too.
The rest of the day was relatively unexciting. I wrote a well-deserved negative review of "Aquiel", the biggest stinker of Next Gen's sixth season, which apparently caused someone to defriend me on Facebook though I don't know who. We had dinner with my parents -- spaghetti with meat-free meatballs for some of us and regular meatballs for others -- then came home and watched Smallville, which has gotten hopelessly complicated for me as I can't remember who knows what about whom anymore or who's working with whom or betrayed whom or forgave whom but oh my it's a good-looking cast even in an episode in which Lois is absent. Afterwards we put on the History Channel and watched The Presidents: 1825-1849, followed by First Invasion: The War of 1812, which was fabulous, both the tall ship footage and the reenactments of the burning of Washington and other battles.
Fannish5: What are your five favourite sibling relationships?
1. Boromir and Faramir, The Lord of the Rings
2. The O'Keeffes, A Wrinkle In Time etc.
3. Viviane, Igraine, Morgause, The Mists of Avalon
4. The Drews, The Dark Is Rising
5. The Pevensies, The Chronicles of Narnia