Thursday, October 29, 2009

Raindrops On Roses

I have, roughly counting, about twenty five post drafts that for one reason or another, I never completed or posted. Periodically, I'm going to start posting these, whether they are finished (or able to be finished) or not. Here's the first, which has been lingering in draft state since the 2006 holiday season.

After waxing poetic about September, I'm feeling a little melancholy. I'm cheering myself up by posting a few of my favorite things.

1. My favorite color? Blue. But not just any blue: deep, mystical, inky, ocean-at-midnight-on-the-darkest-day blue. As in, the blue you can never find a pair of shoes in. ~sigh~

2. My favorite book? I have so many, but "Little Women" ranks pretty far up there. Why? Everyone ends up perfectly happy at a picnic. On a really bad day, it's nice to remember that eventually, I'll be at a picnic somewhere too, and happy. Getting proposed to by the rich boy next door never happened, though.

3. My favorite poet? Robert Frost, for these words (mostly quoted): 'Two roads were diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled on, and that has made all the difference." Interestingly enough, however, he is not the author of my favorite full poem. That honor belongs to:

4. A poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. A few people who know me might be able to figure out why with some concentration. Observe-

-by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

An Angel, robed in spotless white
bent down and kissed the sleeping Night
Night woke to blush, the Sprite was gone;
men saw the blush, and called it Dawn.

5. Favorite childhood memory: my older sister, fanning me to sleep in our attic bedroom, singing "Ben" by Michael Jackson. I was in my twenties before I realized the song was about rats. I still need to call her and find out if she was trying to tell me something....

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