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Musings from the Bunker 7/18/20

Happy Saturday!

 

POETRY

Thank you, Mark Ferrell, for your favorite poem below:


Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day


Calmly we walk through this April’s day, Metropolitan poetry here and there, In the park sit pauper and rentier, The screaming children, the motor-car Fugitive about us, running away, Between the worker and the millionaire Number provides all distances, It is Nineteen Thirty-Seven now, Many great dears are taken away, What will become of you and me (This is the school in which we learn…) Besides the photo and the memory? (…that time is the fire in which we burn.)


(This is the school in which we learn…) What is the self amid this blaze? What am I now that I was then Which I shall suffer and act again, The theodicy I wrote in my high school days Restored all life from infancy, The children shouting are bright as they run (This is the school in which they learn…) Ravished entirely in their passing play! (…that time is the fire in which they burn.)


Avid its rush, that reeling blaze! Where is my father and Eleanor? Not where are they now, dead seven years, But what they were then? No more? No more? From Nineteen-Fourteen to the present day, Bert Spira and Rhoda consume, consume Not where they are now (where are they now?) But what they were then, both beautiful;


Each minute bursts in the burning room, The great globe reels in the solar fire, Spinning the trivial and unique away. (How all things flash! How all things flare!) What am I now that I was then? May memory restore again and again The smallest color of the smallest day: Time is the school in which we learn, Time is the fire in which we burn.

 

MUSIC AND DANCE

Thank you to Amy Forbes for passing on this brilliant Swan Lake, performed by professional dancers from around the world, performing from their homes (well, actually, bathtubs), directed by Corey Baker: https://mobile.twitter.com/CoreyBakerDance/status/1280774874051510274

I enjoyed this “music from the home front”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK-kupbYoQk

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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