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Saturday, 8 July 2006

This Little House


A lazy Saturday on a cold winter's day. Well ... not all laziness - I did clean the glasshouse - all the glass on three sides. And what a difference - now it is no longer a greenhouse (the green being a surface-covering of mould) but has been lovingly restored, with soapy water and elbow grease, to its original form of clear glass, and again to its proper status of glasshouse. With a rather withered grapevine inside I call Grapey. Let's see if Grapey likes the sudden sight of light streaming into his home enough to revive and sprout some new leaves in spring and juicy, dark-red grapes in autumn.

I woke at mid-day. The reason for such a long lie-in being because I sat up and watched a late movie last night, and so slept on from 2.00 a.m. until I had had enough sleep. The movie was called 'In The Bedroom' which is somewhat of a misleading title as it is not about hot sex so much as about a middleaged couple (not that ... well, you know what I was going to say don't you? ... ) and how they dealt with the murder of their only son. I won't spoil it for anyone else, but it is a surprising film. It starred Sissy Spacek - she has got to be one of my favourite actors, whatever she stars in, she makes it real - and was set in Camden, Maine. The final shot over the town was simply chocolate-box beautiful.

When I look up Camden, I see that it was the birthplace of the poet Edna St Vincent Millay. From there I went on to read a little of her poetry - I have read her poetry before, but needed to refresh my memory. A lot of her poetry it seems is about death and grieving.

One example ...

Ashes of Life

Love has gone and left me and the days are all alike;
Eat I must, and sleep I will, -- and would that night were here!
But ah! -- to lie awake and hear the slow hours strike!
Would that it were day again! -- with twilight near!

Love has gone and left me and I don't know what to do;
This or that or what you will is all the same to me;
But all the things that I begin I leave before I'm through, --
There's little use in anything as far as I can see.

Love has gone and left me, -- and the neighbors knock and borrow,
And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse, --
And to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow
There's this little street and this little house.

(And from me in this little street and this little house - until the next time!)



InTheWind said...

Found your blog hitting the next button. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and poetry.

Deb R said...

What a lovely photo. I love how the tree branches frame the top. And thank you for sharing the poem.

pepektheassassin said...

Nice post, chief. :)

Catherine said...

I enjoy weekend lie - ins. Although there is something energising about getting up early and getting things done, too.
I didn't know the poem - a bit depressing, isn't it? Probably best read when in the opposite state :)

michelle said...

I want a glass house! How very cool. Thanks for posting Edna. :)

mcdinzie said...

We want a glass house as well, lucky you!!

Shall have to keep an eye out for the movie....I did think we should wait to watch broke back mountain when next visiting you..hahahahhahahahahahahahaha

Becky said...

I love what you wrote.

I'm sad myself and can't tell.

But I would to you, Chief.


Meepers said...

I always think/say that there's nothing like a good, late, lazy lie-in. The poem? Maybe a bit gothic, with the life like the gnawing of a mouse...but life's like that sometimes, innit?

chiefbiscuit said...

inthewind - Hi! Thanks for dropping in - I will repay the visit!

debr - Our House is a very very fine house! With two cats in the yard, life used to be soooo hard, now everything is easy ... mmmm Always liked that song ... :)

Thanks pepek - How's it going?

Catherine - I think the poem actually describes grief spot-on - but I didn't mean to depress anyone! :)

Hi Michelle! - Glasshouses are fine when the glass is clean and there's no-one around throwing stones!!

Mcdinzie - You haven't got a glasshouse!!? I am surprised - Oh yeah BBM - rrrright.

Becky - email me! I will listen ... I am a good listener.

meepers - Thanks Meepers how are you? Nuthin wrong with a little gothic every now and then ... ED was a lttle gothic too I reckon! :)

Ontario Wanderer said...

Hello Chiefbiscuit, Thanks for dropping by my blog and thanks for your comment. Sure do wish you could send some of that cold winter weather up here. Lots of Canadians hide in their houses during winter but I tend to hide more in summer. I cannot stand the heat (35 felt like 40 with humidity yesterday). Oh well, I did get some art work done in my studio in the basement where it was cooler.

Ontario Wanderer said...

Oops, almost forgot, you might be interested in Whorled Leaves, a reader's blog where we discuss various nature books. Right now we are looking at a book that discusses how, and how important it is that, children learn about the environment.

chiefbiscuit said...

Hi O W just found this comment now - I will look into that site for sure - thanks so much

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