Friday, February 24, 2012

Poem of the day: William Wordsworth

Travelling- by Williams Wordsworth

This is the spot:—how mildly does the sun
Shine in between the fading leaves! the air
In the habitual silence of this wood
Is more than silent: and this bed of heath,
Where shall we find so sweet a resting-place?
Come!—let me see thee sink into a dream
Of quiet thoughts,—protracted till thine eye
Be calm as water when the winds are gone
And no one can tell whither.—my sweet friend!
We two have had such happy hours together
That my heart melts in me to think of it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Poem of the Day: JB O'Pry

I can't help but share the poem that my son JB brought home last night. It is a wonderful perspective of love from a humorous ten year old boy.

Love is by JB O'Pry

Love is gross. Love is awful.
Although it is very thoughtful.

Love is cool. Love is sweet.
Love stinks like smelly feet.

Love is always in the air
But love is not everywhere.

Love is also very nice
But love is like rolling dice.

spelling corrections offered by mom.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Poem of the Day: Walt Whitman

A child said, What is the grass?
by Walt Whitman

A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full
How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it
 is any more than he.

I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful
 green stuff woven.

Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped,
Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we
 may see and remark, and say Whose?

Or I guess the grass is itself a child. . . .the produced babe
 of the vegetation.

Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic,
And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow
Growing among black folks as among white,
Kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the 
same, I receive them the same.

And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves.

Tenderly will I use you curling grass,
It may be you transpire from the breasts of young men,
It may be if I had known them I would have loved them;
It may be you are from old people and from women, and
 from offspring taken soon out of their mother's laps,
And here you are the mother's laps.

This grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old
Darker than the colorless beards of old men,
Dark to come from under the faint red roofs of mouths.

O I perceive after all so many uttering tongues!
And I perceive they do not come from the roofs of mouths
 for nothing.

I wish I could translate the hints about the dead young men
 and women,
And the hints about old men and mothers, and the offspring
 taken soon out of their laps.

What do you think has become of the young and old men?
What do you think has become of the women and

They are alive and well somewhere;
The smallest sprouts show there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait
 at the end to arrest it,
And ceased the moment life appeared.

All goes onward and outward. . . .and nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

10 things I Love about Valentine's Day

1. Flowers
2. Hugs
3. Kisses
4. Heart shaped candies
5. Sweet messages of love
6. Large expressions of love
7. The smiles you create by sharing your love
8. heart shaped decorations
9. Holding hands
10. Knowing you are loved

10 things I think about St. Valentine's Day:

1. I think Valentine's Day is more special to girls than it is to boys.

2. A girl doesn't want to have to tell the boy she loves what to do for Valentine's Day.

3. I think she wants him to pay attention, use his imagination and read her mind if necessary as unrealistic as that is.

4. Valentine's Day can really suck if you don't have anyone to share it with but I've learned with age that if you don't have anyone to share the day with you should just love yourself. Buy yourself a gift of love.

5. Conversation Hearts are a wonderful thing: Kiss Me. I love you. Cutie Pie.

6. Restaurants are crazy crowded on Valentine's Day- be sure to get a reservation. Or cook a candlelit dinner for two. Or have a family dinner.

7. Roses are the flower representing Valentine's Day but I like all the flowers.

8. Cupid has sharp arrows but sometimes he misses.

9. Most men think Valentine's Day is a conspiracy by Hallmark and all the retail shops but I think there should be a monthly holiday to express our love.

10. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.