Friday, July 13, 2012

Emily Dickinson's "Four Trees — upon a solitary Acre —"

I like this poem a lot. Emily Dickinson's Four Trees — upon a solitary Acre —:
Four Trees — upon a solitary Acre —
Without Design
Or Order, or Apparent Action —
Maintain —

The Sun — upon a Morning meets them —
The Wind —
No nearer Neighbor — have they —
But God —

The Acre gives them — Place —
They — Him — Attention of Passer by —
Of Shadow, or of Squirrel, haply —
Or Boy —

What Deed is Theirs unto the General Nature —
What Plan
They severally — retard — or further —
Unknown —

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

the flag

not being home these days, i get to reading different stuff about home. i don't understand why the flag has so many rules. Isn't it just a symbol? How can disrespecting a symbol hurt whatever it symbolizes? Aren't we just people? Isn't letting someone trash a symbol of freedom part of letting that person be free?

I was reading this travel piece about Brazil. In Brazil people do all kinds of funky things with the flag.


Marcus Aurelius

I saw a woman being incredibly rude to the bus driver today. I was like ich, gross. I don't know if y'all like Marcus Aurelius.
“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own–not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me.”
Oh and he was a badass emperor. If you like that, check out the whole book on amazon:

I mean, geez just look at how good the first page is...