Sunday, April 27, 2014

Poem for Sunday and Canal Wildlife

Lines on Nonsense
By Eliza Lee Follen

Yes, nonsense is a treasure!
   I love it from my heart;
The only earthly pleasure
   That never will depart.

But, as for stupid reason,
    That stalking, ten-foot rule,
She's always out of season,
    A tedious, testy fool.

She's like a walking steeple,
    With a clock for face and eyes,
Still bawling to all people,
   Time bids us to be wise.

While nonsense on the spire
    A weathercock you'll find,
Than reason soaring higher,
    And changing with the wind.

The clock too oft deceives,
    Says what it cannot prove;
While every one believes
    The vane that turns above.

Reason oft speaks unbidden,
    And chides us to our face;
For which she should be chidden,
    And taught to know her place.

While nonsense smiles and chatters,
    And says such charming things,
Like youthful hope she flatters;
    And like a syren sings.

Her charm's from fancy borrowed,
    For she is fancy's pet;
Her name is on her forehead,
    In rainbow colors set.

Then, nonsense let us cherish,
    Far, far from reason's light;
Lest in her light she perish,
   And vanish from our sight.


After the rain on Friday afternoon, we had a gorgeous early Saturday with the threat of more rain in the evening, so after lunch we decided to go to the C&O Canal to see what was blooming and what was hanging out in the water. The canal had been completely drained around Lock 10, but at Lock 8 and below, there was plenty of water and there were plenty of animals, plus more in the river. In addition to bluebells and many other flowers, we saw painted and snapping turtles, frogs, geese, herons, cardinals, wrens, hawks, northern water snakes, a rat snake, and a groundhog:

FoxConnect had the director's cut of Avatar for $13.99 for Earth Day a few days ago, and since we all love the movie and none of us had seen the extended edition or the Blu-Ray extras, I ordered it. We watched it after having salisbury steak for dinner. Though it has the same script cliches as the shorter version, it also has an extended opening and sequences on Pandora that I liked a lot, including an explanation of why Grace's school closed. There are two more discs of extras, and since the visual effects in this movie are my favorite ever, I am looking forward to those.

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