Weather
by George Bilgere
My father would lift me
to the ceiling in his big hands
and ask, How’s the weather up there?
And it was good, the weather
of being in his hands, his breath
of scotch and cigarettes, his face
smiling from the world below.
O daddy, was the lullaby I sang
back down to him as he stood on earth,
my great, white-shirted father, home
from work, his gold wristwatch
and wedding band gleaming
as he held me above him
for as long as he could,
before his strength failed
down there in the world I find myself
standing in tonight, my little boy
looking down from his flight
below the ceiling, cradled in my hands,
his eyes wide and already staring
into the distance beyond the man
asking him again and again,
How’s the weather up there?

The Reunion
by Jack Ridl
The last time I saw them we were young.
Ginny was a cheerleader. Ben was getting
A’s in trig. Tonight we glance at nametags.
Around the cheese tray, we say, “Of course I remember you.” “Yes, four years ago.
Things are better now.” “No, she never
graduated, moved. I don’t know where.” We look good. The food is just fine. The music
brings it all back, and we dance the latest steps
across our brain’s prom floor. It’s all the same. And nothing is. We’re still dumb kids, just gray
and tame. If we had it to do again, we’d get it
right. Some are sure they got it right the first time. They ask for another Manhattan, dry
martini, scotch on the rocks. They glisten
in their tans. They watch the rest of us, the ones with comb-overs, two divorces,
the ones who look for lower gas prices,
a good night’s sleep, group tours.
“The Reunion” by Jack Ridl from Practicing to Walk Like a Heron. © Wayne State University Press, 2013. Reprinted with permission.

Mindful by Mary Oliver

Everyday
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

"Mindful" by Mary Oliver from Why I Wake Early. © Beacon Press, 2005. 

babylonfalling:

such yelling

babylonfalling:

such yelling

1: What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
4: Did anyone close to you die?
5: What countries did you visit?
6: What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013
7: What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9: What was your biggest failure?
10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
11: What was the best thing you bought?
12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?
14: Where did most of your money go?
15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16: What song will always remind you of 2013?
17: Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?
18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
20: How did you spend Christmas?
21: Did you fall in love in 2013?
22: What was your favourite TV program?
23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
24: What was the best book you read?
25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
26: What did you want and get?
27: What did you want and not get?
28: What was your favourite film of this year?
29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
31: What kept you sane?
32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
33: What political issue stirred you the most?
34: Who did you miss?
35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

staceythinx:

The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams is a typography set by Khyati Trehan that “integrates the [first] initial of scientists with the diagrams they were responsible for”.  

Awesome…

(Source: behance.net, via freshphotons)

laughingsquid:

Echolilia, Father and His Autistic Son Collaborate in Photo Project on Life with Autism

Beautiful…
theatlantic:

Newspaper Corrects 1863 Editorial Calling the Gettysburg Address ‘Silly’

Nearly 150 years after it panned Lincoln’s seminal speech, the Patriot-News is changing its tune. This is how the editorial came to be in the first place.
Read more. [Image: AP/Matt Zenecy via Pennlive.com]


Fascinating to see how it was viewed at the time.

theatlantic:

Newspaper Corrects 1863 Editorial Calling the Gettysburg Address ‘Silly’

Nearly 150 years after it panned Lincoln’s seminal speech, the Patriot-News is changing its tune. This is how the editorial came to be in the first place.

Read more. [Image: AP/Matt Zenecy via Pennlive.com]

Fascinating to see how it was viewed at the time.

timeshaiku:

A haiku from the article:  Ex-Bassist for the Grateful Dead Strikes a Deal
#Drop9

#Drop9