Continuing our lazy Sunday chat.
Robert Frost – Five poems
Wanda Coleman (RIP) – My Car
Nikki Giovanni – We Are Virginia Tech
Maya Angelou – His Day Is Done
Not poetry, but poetic: James Baldwin – The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity
Langston Hughes – I, Too, Sing America
T.S. Eliot – Little Gidding
Thanks, a4A, I could only manage one word!
It’s one thing to hit like on the email, but after the first comment it takes forever for me to get the page and post again. Hey VC. I’m going back to lurking again.
I’m going back to make sure my windows and doors are securely closed.
Ramya Ramana, the New York City Youth Poet Laureate, delivered the poem “New York City” at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony.
In case you want to save De Blagio’s speech for later, here’s the part of the video clip that goes directly to the poem….
CA: Lydia Tonozzi MT @LydiaTonozzi What a weight off thx to #Obamacare. When all my $ doesn't go to hlthcare I can pay off my student loans!— ACA Stories (@ACAstories) January 06, 2014
Hey, Lib_L, thanks for this post! I understand poetry better than I ever will music.
Did it for you, Miss VC!
Roses are red; violets are blue.
LL has heart and instincts true!
Where’s Dudette – has she gone off on vacation again?
Oppo research against Steven Seagal: youtube.com/watch?v=zDWEMX…— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) January 06, 2014
Pathetic, pathetic has been Steven Seagal? THIS one? http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/01/joe_arpaios_fake_lawman_steven.php
HAHAHAHAHAHA….Kathy Griffin was PRICELESS!
Yep, running to be your Guvnor. Priceless.
oh fuck me…I saw that and didn’t know whether to say “Please proceed” or be scared outta my wits!
Snow Man Working Out…..
Lol http://t.co/J0FUqqncmN— Leafs Hockey Chick (@Mish2626) January 06, 2014
Snow Man Working Out…..
Lol http://t.co/J0FUqqncmN— Leafs Hockey Chick (@Mish2626) January 06, 2014
The cool kids are watching Downton Abbey Season 4.
The not cool kids?…Oh well. See you in two hours.
West Coast, baby. I still have 2 hours.
That disqualifies you. You’re on the wrong coast for all the good things. Hence, you are not a cool kid.
I had dinner at the beach in 74 degree weather. That is all.
I enjoy all sorts of weather patterns that come my way. Doesn’t bother me.
Two hours behind for Downton Abbey = Not Cool Kid.
Hey – I’m a cool kid! Who knew.
I see you threw your stones, then ran, Ms Utal!
LL, most excellent choices!
I’ve loved them all since early young adult life. Nikki G!!! James!!! Maya!!! Robert!!!
I just pulled some of my favorite poets out of my head and traipsed on over to YouTube.
I’ve loved James Baldwin since the first half of the 1960s! Seems like yesterday. Ha.
Phenomenal Woman – M. Angelou
This is my favorite by Maya Angelou
Yes, I like that too, PF58. I actually like quite a few of Ms Angelou’s poems.
This has been a longtime favourite of mine = Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Thank you so very much, VC! Loved it.
YVW, JO’B. I think I’ve always loved it because of both the simplicity and the profundity of the message, wrapped so beautifully (IMO) in such vivid imagery.
I’m the mother of a son and so are two of his daughters. Just sent the link to mine and his!
You stumbled onto another reason the poem appeals to me – mother of son (insider joke; I actually call him One Son).
Langston Hughes, he is one of my favorite poets of the Harlem Renaissance….
A Dream Deferred….A Negro Speaks of Rivers….but this is my favorite….I too Sing America….
Yes, I am familiar with “I Too Sing America” though I’d never seen it ‘illustrated’. In fact, I’d never seen any of the poems (I) shared here on video before because it never occured to me to look online for them. O, except for the Angelou poems.
This next one has been following me around for decades – had to memorize it in high school and it won’t go away.
This is one from my cough: earlier years….hahaha
This is a new one for me, PF. Not too sure I like the accompaniment – a bit distracting for me. I like my poetry straight.
yes…I can understand that…I like going to the spoken word cafés here in Philly…where some of the poetry is set to music.
I write poetry and short stories myself..,,, I am encouraging my granddaughter to write poetry as well…she is pretty good….enlightening in fact…
‘I write poetry and short stories myself….’
TOD is certainly a village of many talented individuals, with strengths that cover so many areas!
How I’m keeping myself amused, while snowed in (with an outside temp. of 2 degrees F and getting lower):
1. Every time the phone rings, I answer it, “Snow Desk.”
As Chips might say, ‘you are a dote’, JO’B!
Just remembered where I got that. Earlier in my career working as a civilian for the Navy, when I was a Commanding Officer’s secretary, he was the ONLY one to grant administrative leave (where everybody got to go home or stay home without using their vacation time) for things like inclement weather. If we were already at work and anticipating the snow would cause rough driving – or that the local township would advise that everyone get off the roads – I’d be at my desk and be getting endless phone calls from department heads and others, including all my close buddies who thought I’d know, to see if we were being let go. So, I finally started answering the phone, “Snow Desk.”
2. I shall spend the next minute or so, resolving never to tell this story again on TOD.
3. Back to Downton Abbey.
Papa John's, Applebees, Olive Garden, Red Lobster profits are in are in toilet for their RW activism: forbes.com/sites/rickunga…— (@Chernynkaya) January 06, 2014
@Chernynkaya Now let's FLUSH those toilets. #YesWeCan It's time for the avaricious plutocrats to realize it's Workers who CREATE wealth.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 06, 2014
If you smoke pot you go to prison, if you use coke you go to Congress.— John (@linnyitssn) January 05, 2014
For ethical and fiscal reasons, here’s my recommendation ….
@TheJusticeDept Imagine the enormous savings if clemency was granted to all currently incarcerated for marijuana use & no other crime.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 05, 2014
Yes We Can
A little something special for all of you ….
… and, never forget ….
4Nov2014 is the day WE END the @GOP War on Women, Veterans, Job Seekers, Students, Underpaid, Immigrants, LGBT & Elderly. #VOTEDEM2014 @OFA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 06, 2014
Yes WE MUST
you’ve mentioned Cinematic Orchestra before. I’ll have to put them on my Google Music and listen in the car tomorrow.
LL, can we have “I Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes. Love his writings. Thank you LL. This is a lovely way to relax with poetry.HZ
Thanks, LL. One of my favorites. Thank you HZ for suggesting it!!!!
BTW, the response to Nikki Giovanni’s – We Are Virginia Tech – is truly moving!!!
Thanks LL. You are the best also!HZ
Hi HZ, I was looking for you,
Thank you for the beautiful feedback. I am glad that you took time to see and feel your beauty that surrounds you; work a little, enjoy a little, stop and smell the coffee and immerse yourself into cleaning. At first it seems like a job, but the beauty pops up and reminds us that we do not have to rush through life. The grasshopper that we miss, the trees that blows the cool breeze, and then we remember; in the small things there is such beauty that takes our breath away. How blessed we are to see and feel the sunshine.
On Thursday, for some reason I wanted a pair of shoes (DSW). There was no reason to buy them and I complained because I couldn’t get to the store (DSW). As I was leaving Whole Foods Market, there sat a man in front of the exit door; no legs and one arm (a vet), I stopped immediately and gave him all that I had on me in cash. When I drove off, I cried for him, knowing that he had served this country. I was upset for not buying my shoes until I saw this man who had no feet, legs, and one arm. Then I said a grateful prayer with tears rolling down my face; I have the use and activity of all of my limbs, thank you Lord that you have given me good health.
So don’t stop taking time out to embrace the beauty while we can. I hope that you will have a blessed and awesome week as we start this New Year. HAPPY NEW YEAR HZ!!!
Cindy, (((((((((((((( Loving hugs))))))))))))))). Your comments moved my heart to tears. Thank you for sharing, Cindy. A wonderful and blessed New Year to you as well. HZ
OK everyone, off to write. Behave yourselves.
LL, you are educating all of us that are poetic illiterate. I know the names of the poets but I don’t listen to there poems, thank you for the beautiful education.
Should be read their poems or listen and should be their not there. These auto correct drive me crazy.
"Koch-backed political network designed to shield donors raised $400 million in 2012" goo.gl/oXbkXD— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) January 06, 2014
When Dems prosper we don't forget those who struggle, we do like Jesus, help the poor, care for the sick, yeah that comes with higher IQ/EQ— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) January 06, 2014
Anyone watch 60 Minutes tonight? They must’ve done something stupid regarding clean energy because Mike Grunwald is pushing back… he knows what he’s talking about. He wrote the book on what this admin. has done for clean energy…
I see they did hit piece on clean energy…. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/05/3120311/60-minutes-cleantech-hit-job/
Clean technology is booming by every key indicator — but you would never know that from Sunday’s absurd 60 Minutes piece touting an imaginary “Cleantech Crash.”
As documented in the recent Department of Energy (DOE) report, “Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Four Clean Energy Technologies”,” the only thing in cleantech that is crashing is the cost of key components. This price crash has enabled explosive growth in wind power, solar power, LED lights and electric vehicles, as shown in the four charts from the report reposted here.
Wretched 60 Min ….
What do you expect @MikeGrunwald from #BENGHAZILieFactory > @60Minutes < They have ZERO credibility. Pure #GOP #NEWSTAINMENT aka #Propaganda— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 06, 2014
Disgusting. Bunk. Peddlers.
And, they are reaping significant disgust from folk who know the power of Twitter and are using it, more and more aggressively, every day.
Perhaps Dems should sponsor a Tea Party convention. Give attendees bats& guns at the door.Then sit back, see what develops. Problem solved.— cupcakekitty (@cupcakekitty09) January 06, 2014
I’m against violence. So maybe just bats and sticks. To see what develops.
I have just learned that the name Mitt Romney gave his adopted son is Celtic for “black” or ” dark-skinned.”
Is that a compliment, a realistic appellation, or a tongue-in-cheek joke? Why is a pin-ball bouncing around in my brain, because I simply don’t understand why?
None of us would ever understand the Romney mind, I’m thinking. It’s his grandson, so it would have been one of his sons and his wife – I guess – who named the baby. Unreal, in either case.
Eve, I’ve noted this on three separate occasions as it is a profoundly UGLY act by the Romneys and should have been the focus, all along, if one truly had the child’s interests at heart ….
Has it sunk in, yet @MHarrisPerry They named the child "BLACK." You should've ripped them the way @maddow did to the #Kochs. @MSNBC @Comcast— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 05, 2014
… but, for me, the bottom line is …
Don't allow #BainMitt's family naming a CHILD "BLACK" distract you from #GOP's WAR on Women, Immigrants, Unemployed, & Under-Paid Americans.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 05, 2014
The only word that comes to mind for the Mitts naming this child is = UGLY, it was insensitive and it doesn’t feel like they cared, or maybe they are just stupid.
I think your second tweet is it, Bob. This is all a distraction to keep us from the important things we’re fighting for, some of which you mentioned! #Forward
Agree, Jacqueline. However, I think we all realize how egregious it is to use a child for any agenda, and that child has been ‘used’ extensively. Just imagine the day that child is an adolescent or adult and has to deal with the legacy created for it, starting with being labeled with ‘BLACK.’
We are witnessing real EVIL – the only evil that actually exists in the known universe, the evil done by a person to another.
Yes, and – as you said – it’s the little baby who will be the one who really suffers, as is so often the case. Unreal.
Exactly, Jacqueline. Tragic.
Though I have said nothing on this subject previously, I’ll answer you, Eve, and say I think it’s both #2 & #3 – a realistic appellation and a tongue-in-cheek decision. The little boy is black and he is now a Romney, so realistically he is now legally Dark/Black Romney. Do you think the Romneys are clever enough to have elaborately plotted that? I wonder if the new parents simply liked the name Kieran (I have met Kierans who were white – in fact all the ones I’ve met have been white) and didn’t really place any importance in its meaning. I wonder also if maybe one Romney knew the meaning and with tongue-in-cheek suggested/encouraged the choice. Yes I believe they are mean-spirited and small-minded re the 47% yet it’s hard for me to credit any of the Romneys with the cleverness to deliberately choose such a ‘subtle’ name. Having said that, I don’t think anyone can convince me that they did not adopt that young man as a ‘prop’, to serve their purpose. The fact that they made a thing of presenting Kieran to ‘the world’, instead of welcoming him quietly to the family tells me all I need to know. Plus, I really do not see the Romneys being caring about anyone but themselves and their kind. Maybe if they adopt a second multiracial child it will change my mind.
bbl … time to prepare some dinner ….
ah, some dots are being connected for me as i hear about this latest “60 minutes” propaganda piece. a couple days ago i heard a story on n.p.r. suggesting that the incredible stock market rise in recent years (i.e. under president obama) is probably just another bubble similar to the 1990s one under clinton. it was all negative about the stock market breaking records.
it struck me as odd, and of course they never mentioned the economy boomed the last time the wealthy had to pay a little more in taxes and lower income people were given a little more help, which was that same 1990s time period. in fact, that supposed terrible bubble in the 1990s was soon followed by the first budget surplus since ronald reagan destroyed america’s economy with the trickle-down theory put into overdrive practice.
so tonight it looks like we’re witnessing the birth of their next insane talking point, with a big assist from “60 minutes.” it’ll go something like this, if it hasn’t started already: “the massive stock market gains under president obama are just a big bubble, led by his pet “green energy” businesses which he has handed a billion dollars of taxpayer dollars.”
just one more attempt to take away another accomplishment of the obama administration. glad to see thinkprogress, michael grunwald, and others are trying to combat the craziness.
I believe that this will be the worse attack year for the President as he inches closer to the finish line of his last term. It’s time to prepare our minds mentally as we go into the slaughter house of lies in 2014. Ultimate goal, we must give the President a Congress and Senate that is ready to work for the people.
yes, winning the upcoming midterm elections is all that matters right now. all focus should be on presidential election obama-level campaigning, and no energy/time should be spent on the silly little media reindeer games. as the man says, FORWARD!
If 60 minutes keeps it up – they will put themselves out of business – the truth has well disappeared from any “political” stories they might tell.
i don’t think people such as the koch brothers would mind at all if the traditional “60 minutes” or any actual journalism died forever.
Night owl chat, all: http://theobamadiary.com/2014/01/05/night-owl-chat-cinematic-orchestra/
Thanks for the poetry LL. I love poetry, and college students love it. Robert Frost…..Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou…..so many wonderful poets….and so many new ones.
I had the privilege of seeing Robert Frost when I was in college. He read his poems to a large group of us……I particularly liked “Birches.”…..the last line is: “one could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”
During the reading someone asked him to explain the “meaning” of a particular poem……..he stopped…..said he didn’t explain….he wrote them for us to find the meanings we chose.
Another great short poem is Fire and Ice: “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire………but………”
I asked one of my classes which they preferred…..the prose short stories we’d read, or the poetry. They said “Poetry”. I asked them why and their reply was that “You can walk around in poetry. There’s just one meaning in prose.” I always loved that…..”You can walk around in poetry.”
*find the meanings we chose*
*you can walk around in poetry*
omg. first i learn that dotster was at the last show performed by buddy holly/ritchie valens/big bopper, and now i learn that you were in the presence of robert frost?!?! that must of been incredible. such interesting histories amongst TODers!
One wacko out…
First on CNN: Liz Cheney, whose bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN’s John King.
Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, began telling associates of her decision over the weekend and could make an announcement about the race as early as Monday.
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