Happy Birthday to flattop and sassica! The Friday Five… - that yellow bastard

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February 28th, 2003

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Happy Birthday to flattop and sassica!

The Friday Five

  1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?

    Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure Non-fiction, Technical History, Gambling (both technique and folklore), and Comic Books.

  2. What is your favorite novel?

    I think I've read too many novels to pick a particular favorite. Were the question "what is your favorite book?" I'd definitely list Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer as one of the top ones.

  3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)

    Not Mine: Eyes that last I saw in tears

    Eyes that last I saw in tears
    Through division
    Here in death's dream kingdom
    The golden vision reappears
    I see the eyes but not the tears
    This is my affliction

    This is my affliction
    Eyes I shall not see again
    Eyes of decision
    Eyes I shall not see unless
    At the door of death's other kingdom
    Where, as in this,
    The eyes outlast a little while
    A little while outlast the tears
    And hold us in derision.

    Thomas Stearns Eliot

    Mine: Abraham
    For Rose Marie

    I couldn't find our son today.
    I recall when you gave him to me,
    warm and small,
    his tags still attached to his ears
    like adornments, jewelry.

    Yet it's been so long since I've seen him,
    like you, and I wonder
    perhaps he weeps, forgotten and dusty,
    smelling of pipe tobacco and cigarettes.

    Perhaps he sits,
    covered, waiting, amongst all the other paltry remembrances
    you once gave to me--
    notes, cards, gifts.

    Perhaps he has lost an eye
    or his tags or his tie
    or his stuffing,
    with his legs open and bleeding
    foam and hair.

    Perhaps he rises,
    silently crawling in the darkness
    over my sleeping body
    to find you,
    and upon seeing that empty space,
    ventures, his one eye downcast,
    back to his secret hiding place,
    to wish and weep for mother.

  4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?

    Let's see: Heller's Catch-22, Cringley's Accidental Empires, Asimov's various series, Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa, and Super-System by Brunson.

  5. What are you currently reading?

    The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, and Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching.

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khubli::2003.02.28.10:13 am
[User Picture]Happy Birthday to Rob Alley and Thomas as well..
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