Monday, April 14, 2008

Hiding in the Stone (Peggy Bertsch)

This is for M and me, who committed to healthier bodies three weeks ago - we are feeling much more flexible, toned and all-over better about ourselves. We are dedicated to walking (3 1/2 miles!) almost every day (excluding bad weather and prior engagements), stretching and eating more mindfully - the changes are not huge and immediate... but they are most definitely evident - it would be easy to become discouraged at this slow pace, but we will NOT allow a descent into frustration when we KNOW we are doing so many things right!

It takes 21 days to change a habit - we have new shoes (New Balance... :-), a new outlook and new routines (oh my!)... and the rest will surely follow...

BOOK: That Mighty Sculptor, Time by Marguerite Yourcenar (author), Walter Kaiser (translator)

POEM: Dream Girl by Carl Sandburg

You will come one day in a waver of love,
Tender as dew, impetuous as rain,
The tan of the sun will be on your skin,
The purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech,
You will pose with a hill-flower grace.

You will come, with your slim, expressive arms,
A poise of the head no sculptor has caught
And nuances spoken with shoulder and neck,
Your face in a pass-and-repass of moods
As many as skies in delicate change
Of cloud and blue and flimmering sun.

You may not come, O girl of a dream,
We may but pass as the world goes by
And take from a look of eyes into eyes,
A film of hope and a memoried day.

QUOTE: "Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before." ~ Jacob A. Riis

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