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Saturday, October 15. 2011
The Death of the Hired Man
Mary sat musing on the lamp-flame at the table
‘He didn’t say. I dragged him to the house,
‘What did he say? Did he say anything?’
‘Anything? Mary, confess
‘But did he? I just want to know.’
‘Of course he did. What would you have him say?
‘Yes, I took care to keep well out of earshot.’
‘Well, those days trouble Silas like a dream.
‘I know, that’s Silas’ one accomplishment.
‘He thinks if he could teach him that, he’d be
Part of a moon was falling down the west,
‘Home,’ he mocked gently.
‘Yes, what else but home?
‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
‘I should have called it
Warren leaned out and took a step or two,
‘He never told us that.’
‘We know it though.’
‘I think his brother ought to help, of course.
‘I wonder what’s between them.’
‘I can tell you.
‘I can’t think Si ever hurt anyone.’
‘No, but he hurt my heart the way he lay
‘I’d not be in a hurry to say that.’
‘I haven’t been. Go, look, see for yourself.
It hit the moon.
Warren returned—too soon, it seemed to her,
‘Warren,’ she questioned.
‘Dead,’ was all he answered.
Photo is Larry Miller's Moon Over Peacham
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Wow - I haven't seen Larry Miller's "Moon Over Peacham" for a while. It is interesting to note just how much an impact Ansel Adams had on modern photography which is evident in this image. Amateurs and pros have tried and tried to capture the spirit of Adam's "Moonrise, Hernandez, NM" (that is the correct title by the way, not Moorise OVER Hernandez) - Miller's photo comes closest by a long shot. I find the delicate balance between light and dark in various parts of the image fascinating.
What is it about Vermont and moonlight? I'd bet you money that there are more "Moon over where ever, VT" photos on the internet than any other state.
Heck, there is even a song - "Moon Light in Vermont" that has been covered by umpty ump musicians over the years. Being more jazz/blues oriented, I'm partial to
version than any other.
Sorry for not keeping to the intent of the thread, but I'm not much of a poetry fan - just something that has never interested me - even Robert Frost.
Not really a poem exactly, more like a short story that can be read as verse.
Good point. Still I have real trouble dealing with verse for some reason. I think it is my dyslexic "problem" - I have developed a coping strategy over the years and the sentence break up and non-linear flow of words doesn't quite work with that strategy.
I've never taken to poetry either. I have found a few I like, and can take it in small doses. I consider it my lack. There may be an imprinting period for liking it, or one may just need a different style of reading that I never learned.
Family connection. My grandfather had Frost as a teacher at Pinkerton Academy - must have been 1912 or 13. Didn't like him much. Gramps thought the man disliked teaching and resented being there. His biography suggests that's likely true.
Every time i take in the sight of a big full moon, i flash back to a very early wordless experience best described in latterly language as "what the dickens is that big ball of rock doing hanging there in mid air?"
Tom Francis -
A little-known fact about Moonlight in Vermont is that every haiku can be sung to the first phrase:
Pennies in a stream,
Falling leaves, a sycamore..
Moonlight in Vermont.
17 syllables, in just the right order:
I like Robert Frost very much, but my winter fave is the Christmas Circular Letter.
Too bad I don't know someone who could send me one in a letter. Imagine!
And Frost's moon imagery. "The Freedom of the Moon". But the picture you have wouldn't go, you'd need the first slender crescent.