Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2 -- Ancient Life


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  1. These Ancients

    look, here it is
    this is the original

    it’s in his handwriting
    the words and the
    musical notations

    this is so miraculously
    preserved. what is it
    a thousand years now?

    this is a true religious
    experience. he touched
    this - and in our hands now

    come on, you know the words
    everyone knows the words
    sing it with me

    "I may not always love you
    But long as there are stars above you
    You never need to doubt it
    I'll make you so sure about it

    God only knows what I'd be without you"

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    1. Love how that ends. I love that you incorporated that!

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    2. Yea, thanks. You can see what I was listening to today. I figure one day we will be the ancients.

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    3. Yea, thanks. You can see what I was listening to today. I figure one day we will be the ancients.

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  2. Sherman's Rings

    You were already an old man
    When Rome conquered the world
    And your arms must have been tired
    When it fell at its own hands

    Your waist was already wide
    When Cortez slaughtered the Aztecs
    Bet your feet were starting to ache
    As he sailed away in triumph

    Your complexion was already fading
    When Columbus discovered America
    Did you wish you could just rest-
    as he ushered in a new age?

    Your height was already spellbinding
    When the colonists landed at Plymouth
    The growing pains must have taxed you
    While they set the Thanks Giving table

    Your foliage was already breathtaking
    When your namesake spilled Confederate blood
    Protecting the creatures that lived below
    As he tied "neck ties" around your brothers

    Your presence was already looming
    As the Blitzkrieg knocked on England's door
    Your strength unmatched by any other
    When we stormed the beaches in France

    Your legacy was already secure
    When the Berlin Wall fell
    A testament of will and survival
    As the East reunited with the West

    Your rings were already filled with history
    The day the Twin Towers went down
    But your heart and soul pushes on
    Your very existence, an inspiration to man

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    1. That's great, and you did as I would have done, written about the Sherman Tree!

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    2. It's such a huge part of being Californian. .. how could I not?

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  3. It is pure
    gold
    The coin
    every collector
    dreams of acquiring
    The double eagle
    Twenty dollar
    Liberty
    Vintage
    coin
    Circulated more
    than 100 years ago
    What's it worth?
    $20 dollars
    What's the investment worth?
    Depends on the quality
    Very fine
    as low as 1200.00
    You can get a St. Gaudens
    for about the same price
    The dealer showed
    me the cleaned double eagle
    I said, "sure, I'll think about it"

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    1. I've never even seen one and I've always wanted to!

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  4. What is our fascination
    with ancient things?

    Those we encounter are monuments
    to endurance. They inspire us
    to keep showing up, to weather our
    edges, to soften but remain standing.
    The sea sponge, the drum, the wheel, the pyramid

    But there are other ancient things
    that only whisper at us
    from the pages of books.
    They remind us how ordinary
    is failure and obsolescence, tempering
    our expectations of life, others, ourselves.
    The dinosaur, the littu, the Antikythera Mechanism, the strip mall.

    We look down these corridors of history.
    Their paradox our unflinching companion.

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    1. Hey Lynne, I didn't see this until now. Great poem though. I love it!

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    2. Hey Lynne, I didn't see this until now. Great poem though. I love it!

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