1. Do you lift the weights?
2. Do you eat the protein?
3. Are you from the country? You look like you live out in the country.
4. Are you from Missouri? In the corn?
I walked along a quiet cypress grove
Lining a cool clear creek
And there I heard a muddled call
I looked and found a Starling there
Struggling in the roots, with an injured wing
I asked the bird,
“From where have you flown? And what has broken you so?”
The bird replied,
“I have flown from your heart and was broken by your desire.”
I traveled troubled miles
To stand on your shore
And take in, through my aching heart,
Your endless blue, stirring depths
To scan the white sky
Across and down
To where it meets your conflicting tides
I gained and lost the breath of your wild air
As I caught among your blue and dark whirls
A small speck
A distant island
Of brown sand
My soul longed and leapt
And leaned forward to say,
“I want to live there”
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
It’s all right
We’ve got nowhere else to be tonight
We’ve got nothing between us to hide
It was a pleasant surprise
To be here in your eyes
He looked at me, with his piercing visage that’s always ready to tell you like it is. “You’ve loved enough,” he said. “And you have scars, just none that people can see.”
Vonnegut on TV [Timequake]:
“In the early days of television, when there were only half a dozen channels at most, significant, well-written dramas on a cathode-ray tube could still make us feel like members of an attentive congregation, alone at home as we might be. There was a high probability back then, with so few shows to choose from, that friends and neighbors were watching the same show we were watching, still finding TV a whizbang miracle.
We might even call up a friend that very night, and ask a question to which we already knew the answer: ‘Did you see that? Wow!’
Ain’t the future grand?
I slept, but my heart was awake.
~SONG OF SONGS