May 2011 Archives

Gravity just makes you stronger.

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I told her that being a single mom reminded me of steel-toed boots.
In my mind it made perfect sense, in that funny speed of thought way, 
connecting events mercurially. In college I worked for my Dad 
out at the Air Force base; they made all the summer help wear steel-toed boots.
At first they were ridiculously heavy, just to walk was a chore. 
That first night home I sat down and marveled at how much misery
they had added to my work day. The next work days were lost in my memory, 
I was fast forwarded to the end of the summer, remembering myself running in them. 
Unencumbered. Not noticing their weight at all.
It must be the same for the one who does all the work of raising her children, alone. 
She has no idea how all that added weight will make her so much stronger, 
each day we will look on at what she does for her normal day, 
speechless.

The More Loving One W.H. Auden

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Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.
How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total darkness sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.



- Posted from my iPhone

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