Thursday, May 16, 2013

Poem for Thursday, Nashville, Monkey

By Henry David Thoreau

I think awhile of Love, and while I think,
Love is to me a world,
Sole meat and sweetest drink,
And close connecting link
Tween heaven and earth.

I only know it is, not how or why,
My greatest happiness;
However hard I try,
Not if I were to die,
Can I explain.

I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time arrives,
Then Love is more lovely
Than anything to me,
And so I'm dumb.

For if the truth were known, Love cannot speak,
But only thinks and does;
Though surely out 'twill leak
Without the help of Greek,
Or any tongue.

A man may love the truth and practise it,
Beauty he may admire,
And goodness not omit,
As much as may befit
To reverence.

But only when these three together meet,
As they always incline,
And make one soul the seat,
And favorite retreat,
Of loveliness;

When under kindred shape, like loves and hates
And a kindred nature,
Proclaim us to be mates,
Exposed to equal fates

And each may other help, and service do,
Drawing Love's bands more tight,
Service he ne'er shall rue
While one and one make two,
And two are one;

In such case only doth man fully prove
Fully as man can do,
What power there is in Love
His inmost soul to move

Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side,
Withstand the winter's storm,
And spite of wind and tide,
Grow up the meadow's pride,
For both are strong

Above they barely touch, but undermined
Down to their deepest source,
Admiring you shall find
Their roots are intertwined


Older son is home for the summer -- we picked him up this evening and moved all his stuff out of his dorm room (for the last time, since he'll be living in an off-campus apartment next year -- I will miss seeing the sheep and cows on the University Farm, though I only saw the cows this evening). And LiveJournal is down -- at least, the cluster where my stuff resides is down, according to their Facebook page -- so I can't read anyone's journals or get to my photos.

So the three-sentence version of my day: I ate lots of cheese for Shavuot, I saw bunnies and flowers in my neighborhood. I got some work done but not as much as I should have. And I watched Nashville, which really surprised me with two storylines and did not surprise me in the least with two others; I really like all the actresses on the show, I really wish the writing were more consistent. Have a Philadelphia Zoo monkey, one of the few pics I can access:

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