februarie 8, 2012
Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,
between „green thread”
and „broccoli” you find
that you have penciled „sunlight.”
Resting on the page, the word
is as beautiful, it touches you
as if you had a friend
and sunlight were a present
he had sent you from some place distant
as this morning – to cheer you up,
and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing,
that also needs accomplishing
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds
of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder
or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue
but today you get a telegram,
from the heart in exile
proclaiming that the kingdom
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,
– to any one among them
who can find the time,
to sit out in the sun and listen.
– Tony Hoagland<a
noiembrie 28, 2010
me, to new hostess: these instructions (for making tiramisu) are very specific: „take 20 eggs from the 3rd fridge at the back…” – if you take them from the 2nd fridge, it won’t come out as good”
new hostess: yeah, but they forgot a very important ingredient. it should say at the end: add love. mix carefully.
me: and did you add love, anyway?
new hostess: nah, i just spit in it.
joe, the italian cook: „the chinese, they eat cats, dogs, they eat everything that moves. so if you go to china, don’t move!”
lorraine, our french prof: „savez-vous qu’est-ce qu’on doit faire pour reanimer un ontarien?”
lorraine: „c’est pas grave!”
one of my classmates in french missed class for a week. he comes back and everybody’s curious re: why.
y., another classmate: „j’ai essaye’ de t’appeller trois fois, mais tu es comme une fille quebecoise.”
d. has tests coming up and he’s decided to hole up and study, or, as he put it, break away from civilization.
me: „but you’d better keep calling me. i’m not very civilized.”