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Re:I'M A LATIN FROM MANHATTAN
« Reply #90 on: February 13, 2008, 08:49:29 AM »

Let's try it ONE more time - need that caffeine...

COGITO, ERGO SUM
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« Reply #91 on: February 13, 2008, 08:49:56 AM »

Dim sum, without that caffeine...

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« Reply #92 on: February 13, 2008, 08:54:46 AM »

Gee it's good to see ya, DR PennyO!!  :)
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« Reply #93 on: February 13, 2008, 08:59:28 AM »

So suddenly, it's Spring... have you noticed all the magnolias and fruit trees all decked out for whatever Prom they're attending? Whoosh, just overnight - a few 80-degree days, and badabing, we got Spring. First flowering almost always give me a touch of melancholy. I do know now what I didn't know then. Last year, I mulled this strange juxtaposition of great joy and deep melancholy. I wrote a poem. Here it is:

Spring Equinox, and suddenly to plant
Snapdragons is the pulsing need. To limb
The dogwood, liberate the force
Of blossoms, holding tight to their perfume.
A robin trills, and starlings dart and nest
Above a predatory eye. She watches

So patiently, so carefully. She watches,
And I watch her, and dig and hoe and plant
And listen to the songs of starling nest-
Construction. There, the starlings on a limb
Pause, watching me. Familiar, faint perfume,
A fragment of last summer’s fragrant force

That caught me, held me, holds me still. I force
Myself back to the task. So still, she watches,
Undeterred by memory’s perfume.
Her life, her focus is all Now. I plant
Snapdragons underneath a dogwood limb
In last year’s garden. And my need to nest

Is haunted by a past, best, lasting nest…
A fragrant remnant, lingering, a force
Like pain remaining in a severed limb.
The feral forest folk do not wind watches,
Do not mind time in tiny ticks. Each plant
Unfurls its life in present tense. Perfume

Of seasons past, regret holds no perfume
For busy starlings, building this year’s nest,
Each Spring a new beginning. As I plant,
Remembered seasons hold me flightless. Force
Of gravity has lots of help. The watches
Are winding down in weary eye and limb

And sore, scarred, pulsing heart. Remembered limb
Still aches - a voice, a face, a form perfume
My time-bound winding down. And yet, who watches
The tearing-down of an abandoned nest?
From ashes, embers, memories, some force
Ignites this present, pulsing need to plant.

The starlings leave their limb; their need to nest
Intoxicates the cat - pungent perfume,
A feral force. She watches. And I plant.
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Re:I'M A LATIN FROM MANHATTAN
« Reply #94 on: February 13, 2008, 09:00:49 AM »

That's lovely DR PENNYO!!!
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« Reply #95 on: February 13, 2008, 09:02:45 AM »

Hello, Singdaw!!! (a bit of serious, in there among the jokes...) I'm back now. Nice to see y'all!!
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« Reply #96 on: February 13, 2008, 09:03:39 AM »

Why, thank you, JRand!! My first Sestina. I love the formalist poetry. Maybe it comes of growing up at a ballet barre... love the discipline.
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« Reply #97 on: February 13, 2008, 09:04:04 AM »

Enjoying the poem very much!
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« Reply #98 on: February 13, 2008, 09:07:57 AM »

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« Reply #99 on: February 13, 2008, 09:10:14 AM »

Good Afternoon!

Hmm... The only Latin I still sorta remember is the Order of the Mass, other than that... -And I am not taking out a dictionary today. ;)
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« Reply #100 on: February 13, 2008, 09:10:53 AM »

Hi, DR and DP (Dear Poetess) PennyO!!!!!!  :)
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« Reply #101 on: February 13, 2008, 09:13:56 AM »

Jose! My dear boy!
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« Reply #102 on: February 13, 2008, 09:14:37 AM »

As for Ask BK Day...

Are mid-week matinees a rarity out there in L.A. and/or the West Coast in general?  And/or do they start at different times? (other than 2:00pm or 3:00pm)

I only ask since I've have a couple of friends in town over the past couple of weeks from L.A. and San Diego, and they've all seemed sort of surprised that the Wednesday matinees here in NYC are at 2:00pm.  "Hmm... Well, I guess I should change my lunch reservation from 1:30."

Just wondrin'.
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« Reply #103 on: February 13, 2008, 09:14:41 AM »

(just sucking down caffeine... they should make an intravenous system, like with insulin...)
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« Reply #104 on: February 13, 2008, 09:15:55 AM »

Venus de Penny-O!
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« Reply #105 on: February 13, 2008, 09:16:51 AM »

Hmm... I was going to post a few pics of a "Latin in Manhattan", but some of the Google Image Search results are a bit unseemly.  ::)
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« Reply #106 on: February 13, 2008, 09:18:57 AM »

That bitch Amanda just up and left me here!




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« Reply #107 on: February 13, 2008, 09:21:45 AM »

Ron! So glad to see ya!

I've got wads of errands to get to, but I'm just dawdling... appreciating the easy pace of this here board. Just visiting mah pals...

I've been teaching a dialects clay-ass at a local drama school... nice students, but I'm irritated by the Boss Lady. Sits behind me in every class, interrupts me constantly, countermands my instructions, talks with her 'assistant' while my kids are working. Sheesh.
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« Reply #108 on: February 13, 2008, 09:22:56 AM »

Anyhow, better get to the library. So nice visiting with y'all. Back soon.
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« Reply #109 on: February 13, 2008, 09:25:36 AM »

Hello, hello!

Icy here, too. I planned a day indoors. There's always laundry, plus other catch-up stuff at my desk. I shall try to do things leeeisurely today, as I hoped to yesterday, but could not.
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« Reply #110 on: February 13, 2008, 09:28:08 AM »

A Question for BK and Anyone...has anyone else seen this show?  What did you think?  I saw it on PBS and instantly fell in love with it.

I haven't seen it, George, but I'll put it in my Netflix queue. I was never an AbFab fan, but really liked Dawn French in VICAR OF DIBLEY. Thought she made it all work.
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« Reply #111 on: February 13, 2008, 09:28:41 AM »

I know that Latin is a fully functional language, but somehow I just can't get past the mental image of people lounging around in togas, exchanging one-liner bon mots!  :)


 We do it all the time here in Phoenix.  The question always arises of what is under the toga.
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« Reply #112 on: February 13, 2008, 09:33:15 AM »


I did watch on Channel 21 an episode of ROSEMARY AND THYME, which seems a weak mystery series although I love Felicity Kendall.  

I, too, like Felicity Kendall. I've seen a number of ROSEMARY AND THYME episodes. Yes, it's a bit weak, but I prefer it to some other stuff.
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« Reply #113 on: February 13, 2008, 09:36:00 AM »

Lovely to see (and read) you, PennyO
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« Reply #114 on: February 13, 2008, 09:37:38 AM »

We do it all the time here in Phoenix.  The question always arises of what is under the toga.

And I guess there are times when there is no question when something arises under the toga.




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« Reply #115 on: February 13, 2008, 09:37:50 AM »

Beware of Valentine E-Cards. On the news last night and on my internet news listing this morning. a warning that there's one going around with a virus. That's not very loving!

I had a whole slew of Valentines from people I've never heard of--or have I just forgotten their names?  ;)
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« Reply #116 on: February 13, 2008, 09:39:52 AM »

I, too, like Felicity Kendall. I've seen a number of ROSEMARY AND THYME episodes. Yes, it's a bit weak, but I prefer it to some other stuff.

It's always scenic, atmospheric, inoffensive and the two stars have an agreeable chemistry.

There's never enough landscaping in murder mysteries for my tastes!


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« Reply #117 on: February 13, 2008, 09:40:35 AM »

We do it all the time here in Phoenix.  The question always arises of what is under the toga.


The same things as what's under a kilt!
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« Reply #118 on: February 13, 2008, 09:41:13 AM »

And I guess there are times when there is no question when something arises under the toga.




 :o


Do ya mean like, "Is that an asp?  Or are you just glad to see me?"
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« Reply #119 on: February 13, 2008, 09:45:10 AM »

I know that Latin is a fully functional language, but somehow I just can't get past the mental image of people lounging around in togas, exchanging one-liner bon mots!  :)

With Latin one must THINK before one SPEAKS. Wouldn't make a good blog, would it?
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