three for seven

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

~e.e. cummings

untitled (ocean)

Every man should be born again on the first day of January.
Start with a fresh page.
Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

~Henry Ward Beecher

night sky #5

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Sharon said…
Happy New Year, Blackbird.
Anonymous said…
I love e.e. cummings.
Anonymous said…
Beautifully done, darling. Happy new year to the whole crew in Tuvalu!
Anonymous said…
very, very nicely done, bb.

Happy New Year to you and yours.
Anonymous said…
Oh, Well Done!
Happy, Merry, Prosperous, Healthy year to the blackbirds et al in Tuvalu!
Anonymous said…
oh, that ee c is one of my favorites! What a lovely New Years idea!

Happy New Year, bb and to all your kinfolk!
Anonymous said…
Thanks. I needed that.

Happy New Year to you and all the Tuvaluians.
Anonymous said…
Best wishes for the new year, blackbird!
Anonymous said…
Great, all of them! Happy New Year, and success to you in 2007.
Anonymous said…
It's always so wonderful to read you.
May your New Year be filled with health, happiness, joy and love.
Baci to all your men.
We celebrated, toasted the New Year, just finished cleaning the "me needs" some rest...
kt said…
How lovely.

Well said and well quoted and well matched-photographically.

Happiest of New Years to the whole blackbird flock.

(Can I put you on my life list?)
Anonymous said…
Happy New Year! Look forward to reading more of your great posts (like this one) in 2007.
Happy New Year! Thank you for the joy and delight you share with us! Toasting to you!
Anonymous said…
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

I like this, I like this a lot.

Happy New Year to you and yours.
Anonymous said…
Celery raw develops the jaw,
But celery stewed is more quietly chewed.

— Ogden Nash

Happy New year Blackbird.