Sunday, August 31, 2008

'Nuff Said



`In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in

political terms' - Thomas Mann

How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms!

2 comments:

Danielle Mari said...

And after the GOP followup to the RNC, here's the poem I kept remembering:
After Su Tung P'o
by Heather McHugh

ON THE BIRTH OF A SON

When a child is born, the parents say
they hope it's healthy and intelligent. But as for me—

well, vigor and intelligence have wrecked my life. I pray
this baby we are seeing walloped, wiped and winningly anointed,

turns out dumb as oakum—and more sinister. That way
he can crown a tranquil life by being

appointed a cabinet minister.

Mark Scroggins said...

Hey, time to insert new placeholder post & get these also-rans down from the top of the blog. Mibby a snap of the Selinger/Murphy clan dancing in Grant Park?

I envy you yr Chicago-hood!