Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Poem of the Day

This Living Hand

This living hand, now warm and capable
Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold
And in the icy silence of the tomb,
So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights
That thou wouldst wish thine own heart dry of blood
So in my veins red life might stream again,
And thou be conscience-calmed—see here it is—
I hold it towards you.

John Keats


Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

Ugh. That's sounds vaguely creepy.

January 24, 2006 4:48 AM  
Blogger stewdog said...

Is Living Hand a cousin or Justice Learned Hand? Just wondering.

January 24, 2006 6:38 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

I wonder how Keats would have reacted to the prospecct of his very own peanut gallery?

January 24, 2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

Keats me!

January 24, 2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I wonder if Tom Lehrer was thinking of this poem when he wrote his song "I Hold Your Hand in Mine"?

January 24, 2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger stewdog said...

I think he is describing The Hand That Rocks The Cradle well in advance of the invention of film. Very prescient.

January 24, 2006 4:22 PM  
Blogger darryl ann said...

Though I've lost that devotion my romantic young heart once held for my 5 foot hero, this is still one of my favorites of his.

January 25, 2006 12:29 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Daryl Ann, I think my favorite is "The Eve of Saint Agnes." Leave it to you to fall in love with dead poets, though -- I saved my love for fictional characters. At least they're still alive.

Jeff, who on earth is that and are you a big fan? The song *was* kinda funny.

January 25, 2006 12:53 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Tom Lehrer was a Harvard mathematician who had a brief career as a piano-playing comedian during the late 1950s/early 1960s. He put out three or four albums before returning to academia. (At the time, he was considered a bit risque; now, his humor seems witty and sophisticated.) I think he still teaches somewhere in California.

If you ever saw the 1970s kids' show "Electric Company" on PBS, you may have heard a couple of his songs for children: "Silent E" or "-ly."

January 25, 2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Oh, my gosh, I remember both those songs!

January 25, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

Funny how what's considered risque for one generation gets reclassified as witty for another. Maybe Wedding Crashers will be considered a witty and urbane comedy at mid-century, and then I won't feel slightly guilty for having laughed at it.

January 25, 2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

KM, you're giving your (young) age away saying you know Electric Company but not Tom Lehrer. Bet you don't know Phil Ochs, either. Tsk tsk.

January 25, 2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger Kate Marie said...

CIV, I'm old enough to be happy to be accused of being young ...

January 25, 2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger stewdog said...

I remember Phil Ochs, but I'm sure that wouldn't interest anybody, outside of a small circle of friends.

January 25, 2006 11:16 AM  

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