A dryer full of clothes and boots (yes boots)
And so were days on hills, miles walked.
And living room floors, carpeted in sleeping bags
Opening at dawn
To run up hills again, at 8.
Snow was joy, communal breakfast,
3 legged dogs.
What I remember most of snow
Is mom and pop, and a tireless refrain:
Of course everyone can stay again,
Enjoying just as much as us.
I found a random address in LA, which happened to be a McDonalds location, and wrote them a letter – the text of WH Auden’s To Their Lonely Betters , 1950 (a poem I’ve actually posted on here before).
“As I listened from a beach-chair in the shade
To all the noises that my garden made,
It seemed to me only proper that words
Should be withheld from vegetables and birds.
A robin with no Christian name ran through
The Robin-Anthem which was all it knew,
And rustling flowers for some third party waited
To say which pairs, if any, should get mated.
Not one of them was capable of lying,
There was not one which knew that it was dying
Or could have with a rhythm or a rhyme
Assumed responsibility for time.
Let them leave language to their lonely betters
Who count some days and long for certain letters;
We, too, make noises when we laugh or weep:
Words are for those with promises to keep.
Hope everyone has a great day today, cheers.