And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)
Still eyes look coldly upon me,
Cold voices whisper and say --
'He is crazed with the spell of far Arabia,
They have stolen his wits away.'
—Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1958)
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The other day in the shower I was musing that this is the land with hot water from every faucet. How many times have I looked at the urban skyline without recognizing what these structures on the roof are for?….
This year I am taking no interest in politics, but during the last election cycle I acquired one internet nemesis, someone paid to write for a political blog. Although the rivalry was intense, we never crossed the line into incivility. Eventually the campaign grew so ugly I just deleted everything and moved on.
Today, curiosity got the better of me and I checked in at the old poison-pen forum. My old nemesis had attempted suicide, failed, and was now under medical care — blind, but resigned to being alive. It was the sound of the other shoe dropping.