Thursday, March 26, 2015

Looking back...

Sometimes we get nostalgic. Poetry is a good way to express those feelings and give them a particular weight.

This is a piece that I sent to the 2002 edition of the "Montagne d'Argento" contest from Keltia Editrice, and it was chosen for publication. The theme was childhood games and toys, and so I chose this and translated it.  

Dolls in the Closet

As I look at them today,
They seem to ask:
Where have you been, little one?
You used to pay close attention,
And care daily for us-
Dress us, and brush our hair.
What toys are you playing with
Now that you are grown?

A window to childhood –
These dolls in the closet.
Lifeless creatures of plastic
That once were so real.
The sisters I never had,
Or the children I would have someday.
They played these roles, once-
Long ago.

Now, as I brush their hair again
And wipe away from their eyes
The dust of the years-
Their faces shine beautiful
As always.
And after I’ve fixed them
All up again, with ponytails
And changed clothes,
Back into the closet they go-
To await the next time
I come to play.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Reading List - In Public

What are you reading now?
Do you read on the bus, at the mall, or anywhere people can see what you're reading? On my commutes to and from work, I like to take a paperback or read from my cell phone e-reader, but sometimes I do stick a hardback in my briefcase just because I'm on the last chapter. (The issue with that is weight, not subject matter. My briefcase is heavy sometimes.)

Here are a few of the books I have read on the bus.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Indescribable by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman
The Ultimate Prescription: What the Medical Profession Isn't Telling You by James L. Marcum
God on the Streets of Gotham by Paul Assay
Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt  by Christi Paul
Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching by Diane Larsen-Freeman

... and finally, a book that you should all read because it's fun ...
Night of the Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

I don't notice what others are reading that much (especially if I've got my own nose in my own book), but I think they read the same things on the bus that they would at home. We read for our own interests or study needs, and after work it's really nice to sit down with a good book.

Leave a comment and let me know what you've read in public.