Poetry and song and maybe culture

Friday, February 13, 2004

I, I can remember
Standing by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed,
as though nothing could fall

And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them,
Forever and ever
Then we could be Heroes,
just for one day...
-- david bowie

Monday, February 02, 2004

Politics
by William Butler Yeats

'In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in political terms.' -Thomas Mann

How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has both read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms.

prob. date 1928

This Is Just to Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold