Thursday, December 10, 2015

Poem for Thursday and Yuletide at Winterthur

By Rabindranath Tagore

Light, my light, the world-filling light,
the eye-kissing light,
heart-sweetening light!

Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the center of my life;
the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love;
the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.

The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light.
Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.

The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling,
and it scatters gems in profusion.

Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling,
and gladness without measure.
The heaven’s river has drowned its banks
and the flood of joy is abroad.


I had a fairly quiet day doing work and chore stuff, and I have had a trying evening, first paying a shiva call with Paul and my parents -- I saw a lot of people whom I care about very much, but it's very sad, especially for the children who have lost their grandmother over Chanukah -- then spending over an hour having online fights with representatives from Torrid and Amazon, a very minor inconvenience in the long run but they screwed up both my birthday presents and gifts I was trying to get for other people (Amazon was long-winded but ultimately very accommodating; I will never shop at Torrid again).

TV was not useful in helping me relax, in that the ending of Arrow was a cliched package of suckiness, and everyone on Nashville is still twelve years old plus full of gibbering stereotypes. So rather than belabor my bad mood, here are some photos of decorated trees from Winterthur's Yuletide, including one made from dried flowers grown on the estate, one decorated to reflect the March Bank, and one with Downton Abbey decorations and a feather duster:

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