Old song, old poem: new solace

Knotty © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017Hey all. Can July speed by any faster? Here’s what I got for you.

Check out Kathleen Kirk’s review of Dave Bonta’s book of poems called Ice Mountain on Escape Into Life. I bet you’ll want to read more of Dave Bonta’s work and the archive of Escape into Life. As you know, Kathleen Kirk is a SISMW contributor. Way back in October 2012 Dave Bonta’s poem “Ode to Scythes” was published here.Ice-Mountain-book-cover

Creativity is curative. Read Mark Brown’s “Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people will, report says” in the July 19 issue of The Guardian.

The Poetry Foundation has a new website. I’ve heard complaints and compliments. See what you think.

imagesWhen I need a little pep in my step, I like to turn up the music and dance (that is, if I have the house to myself). Today’s song was Deee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart.” So turn it up. (Chair-dancing is perfectly acceptable.)

Finally I leave you with a poem that may help you change your perspective. It’s “Loss and Gain” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Peace, love, and solace


Loss and Gain

When I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
Little room do I find for pride.

I am aware.
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.

But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Hosta © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Hosta © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

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