Tag Archives: poetry

Today’s resolution: Keep on the sunny side

12 Oct

“In Claude’s landscape all is lovely — all amiable — all is amenity and repose; — the calm sunshine of the heart.” — John Constable, A Course of Lectures to the Royal Institution

If this pig’s name isn’t Claude, it should be. A little snooze in the sunshine looks like a bright idea, doesn’t it? Reminds me, too, that it’s always helpful to look on the sunny side of life. Don’t believe me — listen to Mother Maybelle.

Sunny side up (2009/RO)

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Today’s resolution: If there is no choice?

3 Oct

As we begin another work week, here’s something to think about from one of my favorite poets, W.B. Yeats.

The Choice

The intellect is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
When all that story’s finished, what’s the news?
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day’s vanity, the night’s remorse.
(1932)

Entering the woods of the river walk at Two Rivers Bridge (2011/RO)