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    The Merger

    for my son. Trying to think of something usefulTo say about marriage, I rememberA morning when I was twenty-plus,Self-absorbed in my tinny pinkRenault Dauphine, my Little Toot,And I tried to get by a tank-truck onA bendy road too briefly straight.Shuddering, pedal floored, my frivolousVessel leveled with the cabLike a pilot fish by a shark’s grim grille. Then there was a car ahead of usAnd, as I tried to floor a pedalAlready on the floor, the blueOf ice I hadn’t seen. Spinning Toward the implacable hugeness of the cab, looking upInto the eyes of the truckdriver, I feltOnly the sweet certainty ofSubmission, call it love, as ifAlready I had left myself…

  • Life,  Poetry

    Their lonely betters

    As I listened from a beach-chair in the shadeTo all the noises that my garden made, It seemed to me only proper that wordsShould be withheld from vegetables and birds. A robin with no Christian name ran throughThe Robin-Anthem which was all it knew, And rustling flowers for some third party waitedTo say which pairs, if any, should get mated. Not one of them was capable of lying, There was not one which knew that it was dyingOr could have with a rhythm or a rhymeAssumed responsibility for time. Let them leave language to their lonely bettersWho count some days and long for certain letters; We, too, make noises when we laugh or weep: Words…

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    “Hay en el alma un deseo de no pensar. De estar quieto. Emparejado con éste, un deseo de ser estricto, sí, y riguroso. Pero el alma también es una afable hija de puta no siempre de fiar.” — Raymond Carver – Posted from my iPhone

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    by Carl Dennis Don’t be ashamed that your parentsDidn’t happen to meet at an art exhibitOr at a protest against a foreign policyBased on fear of negotiation,But in an aisle of a discount drugstore,Near the antihistamine section,Seeking relief from the common cold.You ought to be proud that even there,Amid coughs and sneezes, They were able to peer beneathThe veil of pointless happenstance.Here is someone, each thought,Able to laugh at the indignitiesThat flesh is heir to. HereIs a person one might care about.Not love at first sight, but the willTo be ready to endorse the feelingShould it arise. Had they waitedFor settings more promising,You wouldn’t be here,Wishing things were different.Why not…

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    So much more than I needed to know

    You read a poem written almost a hundred years ago which has a small part that resonates so sweetly with you. It surfaces in me when times are tough to bear. In our modern life we are so connected. Social media, sharing thoughts from friends, fromthe news from strangers, can get difficult to process sometimes. Amy Winehouse died of a drug overdose. The inevitable stream of “Well we knew that was coming” “No big surprise” and so much worse make me want to unplug completely.A gunman killing children in Oslo, and it escalates to where I just don’t want to think about it, it’s so overwhelming. I can’t even sleep,…

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    By Edgar Albert Guest Ain’t no use as I can seeIn sittin’ underneath a treeAn’ growlin’ that your luck is bad,An’ that your life is extry sad;Your life ain’t sadder than your neighbor’sNor any harder are your labors;It rains on him the same as you,An’ he has work he hates to do;An’ he gits tired an’ he gits cross,An’ he has trouble with the boss;You take his whole life, through an’ through,Why, he’s no better off than you. If whinin’ brushed the clouds awayI wouldn’t have a word to say;If it made good friends out o’ foesI’d whine a bit, too, I suppose;But when I look around an’ seeA lot…

  • Mac

    My Newton is down not out.

    My beloved Newton 2100 web server is offline. it’s fine. The wireless router died. The Newton (not upgraded) is running NPDS and has a wavelan silver PCMCIA card. I was using an airport express for the Newton’s 80211b wireless with WEP security. This is unfortunately the highest settings you can use for wireless on the Newton. It was strange (and awesome) )to find the airport express had failed well before the Newton. I don’t want to change my other wireless from 80211N to B and WPA2 to WEP because of our close proximity to lots of neighbors. Fear not, gentle reader. We shall figure this out. In the meantime if you have an old…