dwgm: Kimi Birds (Telemachus & Eucharis)
This was on shirtWoot!, along with this graphic... )

planets

Also, [livejournal.com profile] fabu posted Wild Geese today, which is rather more profound and beautiful.

Yay poetry!

dwgm: Kimi Birds (PotC: Map to World's End)
[livejournal.com profile] jenthegypsy turned me on to the Celtic rock band, Hair of the Dog, and this song is one of my favorites. Here's a sample at Amazon, and here are the lyrics...


Streams of Whiskey
by Shane MacGowan



Last night as I slept
I dreamt I met with Behan
I shook him by the hand and we passed the time of day
When questioned on his views
On the crux of life's philosophies
He had but these few clear and simple words to say

I am going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

I have cursed, bled and sworn
Jumped bail and landed up in jail
Life has often tried to stretch me
But the rope always went slack
And now that I've a pile
I'll go down to the Chelsea
I'll walk in on my feet
But I'll leave there on my back

Because I'm going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I'm going, I'm going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

Oh the words that he spoke
Seemed the wisest of philosophies
There was nothing ever gained
By a wet thing called a tear
When the world is too dark
And I need the light inside of me
I'll walk into a bar
And drink fifteen pints of beer

Because I'm going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

I am going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Where streams of whiskey are flowing


~.~
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Disney -- Mickey Animated)
First some randomness...

Star Tours at Disneyland is being revamped, and I bet it's going to be Fabulous!

Next, Johnny Depp won Favorite Actor at Nickelodian's Kids Choice Awards last night and this time got to slime, rather than be slimed...



And on a personal note, I have come up with A Plot for my [livejournal.com profile] potc_bigbang story, finally. I was pretty much despairing over it, but yay! I think I can do it!

And now for a poem, in honor of Lent, here's one of my favorite Disney songs (though if you go to this website where I found the lyrics you can read it, hear it played, and squee over the amazingly cute trailing fishes cursor thingy they have there.

'Hee-Hee-Hee Haw-Haw-Haw!' )
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Apologies to anyone on my flist who's received spam from my email address -- my yahoo account was hacked. I've changed the password, etc. so hopefully that will take care of it, but if it doesn't, let me know, OK?

And now...

A Smuggler's Song
by Rudyard Kipling


If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie.
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark --
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk;
Laces for a lady, letters for a spy,
And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

Running round the woodlump if you chance to find
Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine,
Don't you shout to come and look, nor use 'em for your play.
Put the brishwood back again -- and they'll be gone next day!

If you see the stable-door setting open wide;
If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
If the lining's wet and warm -- don't you ask no more!

If you meet King George's men, dressed in blue and red,
You be carefull what you say, and mindful what is said.
If they call you "pretty maid," and chuck you 'neath the chin,
Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been!

Knocks and footsteps round the house -- whistles after dark --
You've no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
Trusty's here, and Pincher's here, and see how dumb they lie --
They don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by!

If you do as you've been told, 'likely there's a chance,
You'll be given a dainty doll, all the way from France,
With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood --
A present from the Gentlemen, along o' being good!

Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark --
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk;
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie --
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!


~.~
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Watching the Carnivale)
April's poetry month. I haven't been posting much on LJ lately, but I'm going to try to at least post a short poem each day in April.

One of my favorite madrigals when I was in high school...


Francis Pilkington: Have I Found Her (from First Set of Madrigals and Pastorals, 1613)

Have I found her (Oh rich finding!)
Goddesslike for to behold
Her fair tresses seemly binding,
In a chain of pearl and gold?

Chain me, chain me, O most fair,
Chain me to thee with that hair!


~.~
dwgm: (Mother & Child - Klimt)
As I grow older, war makes less and less sense to me, and seems to contradict particularly what Christ taught, precepts that are not meant to be revered for only an hour on Sunday. My father was a veteran of World War II, as was my uncle. I love and honor them. And yet...

Why of course the people don't want war... )


Facing It )


Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] penknife...

I 'listed at home for a lancer )


And from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala...

"When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

“It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one and another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind."

~ Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut, 1973



Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.
dwgm: (Cats by Laurel Burch)
~ The Naming of Cats ~
From Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot



The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, or George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


~.~
dwgm: (California Wildflowers)
Missed yesterday, so here are two poems by Li Po...


~ Mountain Drinking Song ~

To drown the ancient sorrows,
we drank a hundred jugs of wine
there in the beautiful night.
We couldn't go to bed with the moon so bright.

The finally the wine overcame us
and we lay down on the empty mountain--
the earth for a pillow,
and a blanket made of heaven.


~.~


~ The Cold Clear Spring At Nanyang ~

A pity it is evening, yet
I do love the water of this spring
seeing how clear it is, how clean;
rays of sunset gleam on it,
lighting up its ripples, making it
one with those who travel
the roads; I turn and face
the moon; sing it a song, then
listen to the sound of the wind
amongst the pines.


~.~



Biography of Li Po )
dwgm: (California Wildflowers)
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight 's all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.


~.~
dwgm: (California Wildflowers)
April is poetry month and, like so many on my flist, I'll be posting a poem each day, as I did last year. :)

Here's the first, an old favorite...


~ The White Rose ~
by John Boyle O'Reilly

The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.


~.~
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack - Pirate!)
Finishing up the month with a couple of piratey songs, which seems appropriate. ;)


Ohhhhhhhh, a pirate's life is a wonderful life, a-rovin' over the sea... )

Arrrrr!
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Chaos Grid!)
This one was suggested by niece [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps, and [livejournal.com profile] ladymora memorized it when she was in high school -- probably still knows it, actually. Another great one from Lewis Carroll.

The sun was shining on the sea, shining with all his might... )

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