Monday, September 10, 2007

Seasons of Love (from the musical Rent)

There has been a time-themed mix rolling around in my brain for the last six months or more - today's blog could possibly be the impetus I need to finally Just Do It, especially since the CD will be a birthday gift to a friend who never seems to have enough (time, that is... :-)

SONG: Seasons of Love (from the musical Rent)

BOOK: Time and Again by Jack Finney

POEM: The Book of Hours by Joyce Sutphen

There was that one hour sometime
in the middle of the last century.
It was autumn, and I was in my father's

woods building a house out of branches
and the leaves that were falling like
thousands of letters from the sky.

And there was that hour in Central Park
in the middle of the seventies.
We were sitting on a blanket, listening
to Pete Seeger singing "This land is
your land, this land is my land," and
the Vietnam War was finally over.

I would definitely include an hour
spent in one of the galleries of the
Tate Britain, looking up at the
painting of King Cophetua and
the Beggar Maid, and, afterwards
the walk along the Thames, and

I would also include one of those
hours when I woke in the night and
couldn't get back to sleep thinking
about how nothing I thought was going
to happen happened the way I expected,
and things I never expected to happen did—

just like that hour today, when we saw
the dog running along the busy road,
and we stopped and held on to her
until her owner came along and brought
her home—that was an hour well
spent. Yes, that was a keeper.

QUOTE: "The days can be long, but the years are short."

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