- The first thing that is making me happy is the date! I love that it’s the 1st of May tomorrow – all 1sts are great! – and I love that I have one more opportunity to plug Poetry Month!
- Poetry makes me happy! Here’s a flowchart (courtesy of Book Riot) to help you choose one poem to read before May dawns a new month to celebrate. I chose two poems from the list and copied them below:
From: unpublished, 1999.
Often at night, sometimes
out in the snow or going into the music, the hunch says,
I don’t know what it means.
Just, “Push it. Go further. Go deeper.”
And when they come talking at me I get
antsy at times, but mostly I stay put and it keeps saying,
“Deeper. This is not it. You must go deeper.”
There is danger in this, also
beautiful fingers and I believe it can issue in
gestures of concord; but I
cannot control it, all I know is one thing—
“Deeper. You must go further. You must go deeper.”
Dennis Lee’s works copyright © to the author.
I had a little nut-tree,
I had a little nut-tree,
Nothing would it bear.
I searched in all its branches,
But not a nut was there.
‘Oh, little tree,’ I begged,
‘Give me just a few.’
The little tree looked down at me
And whispered, ‘Nuts to you.’
- I finished reading “The Accidental Tourist” by Ann Tyler. I listened to about 2/3 of it and then after I finished my other book I picked it up and read to the end. It is a great book! The audio was painfully slow – I would count to 7 between sentences sometimes. Just try listening to someone talk that way! So I was glad to pick up the book and review it and power through to the end. I look forward to seeing the movie and getting together with book club to discuss! I think I may be a little bit of an Accidental Tourist… and can’t decide if it’s a good thing!
- I had the bonus weekend off last week and enjoyed the beautiful weather (baseball game! walks! playgrounds!) but still made it to two Rochester International Film Group Festival movies!
- Saturday I saw “Caesar Must Die” (Italy), which is about inmates at a high security prison who put on a public performance of “Julius Caesar.” Random thoughts: Even Italian prisoners at high security prison have fashion sense; it was powerful seeing prisoners memorizing Shakespeare in their solitary cells; it was even more powerful seeing the prisoners return to their solitary cells after their beautiful performance. Good stuff.
- Sunday I saw “A Royal Affair” (Denmark), in which a young queen, marries an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. Random thoughts: Beautiful people, those Danes; gloomy weather, that Denmark; beautiful dresses and corrupt government; sad story with hopeful ending, foreshadowed during a conversation about the purpose of working for change today when you may not live to see it, but realizing that we hope for a better world for the future. I cried.
- Tomorrow is May Day, a fun memory from childhood! Doubt I’ll see any May Baskets on my door tomorrow, but if I do I’ll be home to chase the givers! Day off! Woot! Gonna spend it cleaning madly and then get a haircut! Maybe other fun stuff will be thrown in there, but although the weather may still threaten winter, I’m going to clean like it’s spring!
- And tomorrow “Silver Linings Playbook” on DVD and ‘Helen the Second Wife” by Lian Dolan should arrive from amazon.com! Yay! Woot!
So that’s it for tonight … so much to be happy about.
How about you?
What’s making you happy??
What poem will you be reading in the wee hours before May brings new celebrations?
- Caesar Must Die takes Shakespeare to the slammer (chicagoreader.com)
- Film Review: ‘Caesar Must Die’ offers glimpse into life and acting (indieethos.wordpress.com)
- Blu-ray Review: A Royal Affair [M15] (supermarcey.com)
- Poetry Challenge for April (anexerciseindiscipline.com)
- 30 Poems for National Poetry Month: Day 9 (seapoetry.wordpress.com)