Saturday, January 19, 2019

Emploi du temps

All night long,  the snowbunnies
whiz and whisper,

over the silent
                    snow . . . . .

Friday, January 18, 2019

Meteorological Monostich

North of Thirty-fourth Street,
a gray cloud
was beginning to encompass
the Empire  State  Building.
“It’s going    to  rain,”
said …

[ -- Mickey Spillane, The Erection Set (1972)]

Magister magistri

Eugene Wigner, himself no dummyhead (or, to use the phrase that Pauli grudgingly conceded to Einstein, “not so stupid), a Nobel Prize physicist, said, concerning the mathematician/physicist/you-name-it John von Neumann,

“Whenever I talked with the sharpest intellect whom I have known -- with von Neumann -- I always had the impression  that only hé was fully awake, that I was halfway in a dream.”
(quoted in George Dyson, Darwin among the Machines (1997), p. 77.)

For an overview of the abjectly humble outlook  among many of those who would generally be considered quite gifted, see

Monday, January 14, 2019

Code Red !

This morning,  the deck-chairs  look like snow-thrones  for polar bears.

            Code -- Red!
            Rest in bed.
            Time to soothe
            your sleepy head.

{ for more about the lovely snow,
   gently press …    here …. }

Why not spend this morning  learning everything there is to know
about our invisible snow-chums, the snowbunnies ??

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Do Snowbunnies Believe in God? (II)

They would not even understand the question;
they would think you were speaking in riddles.

Their language has no word for ‘God’,
any more than it has for ‘thankfulness for simply béing here’
or for ‘fact-of-being-a-snowbunny’.

They simply lead their lives in sleek serenity,
which comes to them  from somewhere beyond the snow.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ethan Frome tableau

As he lay there,
the window-pane that faced him
growing gradually lighter,
inlaid upon the darkness,
a square of moon-suffused sky …

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Cold Snap

Dim dawn
Pale day
Thin wind
Slate gray

Pond froze,
ice cracks.
Snowload --
branch breaks.

Dark dusk
Woods mute
Night falls:
Dead weight.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Fun Furlough Reading

Many of you may know some poor unfortunate Federal worker who has been reduced to a piteous and meaningless existence by the furlough.   What (you ask yourself) can You do to help??

Wonder no longer!  Here is a list of perfect Furlough Gifts -- thrilling reading to keep your loved-one functionary from drifting into senility and despair:



All of them available -- with free excerpts -- here: