Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Birthday, Valerie

Today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1933, Valerie Worth was born. I love her Small Poems.

crab
 
The dead crab
Lies still,
limp on the dry sand,

All strength to crawl
Gone from his
Hard shell -

But he keeps a shape
Of old anger
Curved along his claws.


seashell
 
My father's mother
picked up the shell
And turned it about
In her hand that was
Crinkled, glossy and
Twined with veins,
The finger rumples
Into soft roses
At the knuckles, and
She said, "Why did
That little creature
Take so much trouble
To be beautiful?"

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4 Comments:

At 3:24 PM, October 29, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Hope you and kitty stay safe, warm and dry during Hurricane Sandy. And that your power stays on.

 
At 4:03 PM, October 29, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

So far, all is well, but the winds are starting to pick up. You stay safe up there in PA!

 
At 4:21 PM, October 29, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Back atcha. How about a photo of Gwen riding out the storm in style? And do birds just hide in the trees/under the bushes/etc.?

 
At 4:55 PM, October 29, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Gwen posted for you.

Birding.com has an article about birds in hurricanes. Short answer, some do, some fly away, and some get blown away. Did you see The Big Year? There's a scene where they all go to Texas to add storm-blown birds to their list.

 

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