Spotlight Poetry – Nostos – Poem of the day by Louise Glück

© Alfred Muhlig, Apple Blossom

Nostos by Louise Glück

There was an apple tree in the yard —
this would have been
forty years ago — behind,
only meadows. Drifts

of crocus in the damp grass.
I stood at that window:
late April. Spring
flowers in the neighbour’s yard.
How many times, really, did the tree
flower on my birthday,
the exact day, not
before, not after? Substitution

of the immutable
for the shifting, the evolving.
Substitution of the image
for relentless earth. What
do I know of this place,
the role of the tree for decades
taken by a bonsai, voices
rising from the tennis courts —

Fields. Smell of the tall grass, new cut.
As one expects of a lyric poet.
We look at the world once, in childhood.
The rest is memory.

Poem Attribution © Louise Glück, Nostos

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/nostos/

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Painting Attribution © Alfred Muhlig, Apple Blossom, (Date Unstated)

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Painting – Photography – Poetry – Quotation – Wednesday’s Round-up Read and View – A selection by Goff James

Photos 1, 2, 3, Attribution, Goff James

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Haiku 1, 2 Attribution Goff James, Dawn Awakes Aglow, Dawn Wakes Rain Refreshed

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Painting Attribution © Svetlana Orinko, Hellebores, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – The Sugar-Plum Tree – A poem by Eugene Field

© Vanessa Katz, Sugar Plum

The Sugar-Plum Tree by Eugene Field 

Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
‘Tis a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollypop sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;

The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
(As those who have tasted it say)
That good little children have only to eat
Of that fruit to be happy next day.

When you’ve got to the tree, you would have a hard time
To capture the fruit which I sing;
The tree is so tall that no person could climb
To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!

But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
And a gingerbread dog prowls below –
And this is the way you contrive to get at
Those sugar-plums tempting you so:

You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
And he barks with such terrible zest
That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
As her swelling proportions attest.

And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
From this leafy limb unto that,
And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground –
Hurrah for that chocolate cat!

There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes,
With stripings of scarlet or gold,
And you carry away of the treasure that rains,
As much as your apron can hold!

So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I’ll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.

Poem Attribution © Eugene Field, The Sugar-Plum Tree

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/sugar-plum-tree

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Painting Attribution © Vanessa Katz, Sugar Plum, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Art – Sea of Flowers – Flower painting of the day by Leigh Buchanan

Painting Attribution © Leigh Buchanan, Sea of Flowers, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry – Senryū – Sheltering from Life’s Storms – A poem by Goff James

A poem inspired by Eugi’s Weekly Prompt ‘Canopy’

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Poem Attribution, Goff James, Sheltering from Life’s Storms

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Spotlight Art – Spring Daffodils – Painting of the day by Marina Popska

Painting Attribution © Marina Popska, Spring Daffodils, (Date Unstated)

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Open Box – Music quotation of the day

Douglas Adams (1952 -2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, musician and environmental activist.

Adams is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker’s began on radio, and developed into a “trilogy” of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams’ death.

The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams. He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials “DNA” (Douglas Noël Adams).

In addition to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season.

His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series.

Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones.

A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4.Douglas_Adams

Photo Attribution © Dan Callister, Douglas Adams, Getty Images, (Date Unstated)

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Life Box – Quote of the day

Omar Khayyam, (1048 -1131), Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet, renowned in his own country and time for his scientific achievements.

Omar Khayyam was born in Nishapur, in northeastern Persia, and was contemporary with the rule of Seljuks circa 1096 – 1099

As a mathematician, he is most notable for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations, where he provided geometric solutions by the intersection of conics.

Khayyam also contributed to the understanding of the parallel axiom.

As an astronomer, he designed the Jalali calendar, a solar calendar with a very precise 33-year intercalation cycle that provided the basis for the Persian calendar that is still in use after a millennium since his works.

There is a tradition of attributing poetry to Omar Khayyam, written in the form of quatrains (rubāʿiyāt رباعیات‎).

This poetry became widely known to the English-reading world in a translation by Edward FitzGerald (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1859).

Bio Reference Source https://www.britannica.com/biography/Omar-Khayyam-Persian-poet-and-astronomer & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khayyam

Image Attribution (Artist Unstated)Portrait of Omar Khayyam (Atilin / CC 3.0 ) (Date Unstated)

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