Day: October 10, 2022
Six-Figure Artworks, by a Fifth Grader – The New York Times
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WILD GEESE ARRIVE
English is a very rich language as it has been formed out of a large number of languages of different peoples who have lived here [invaded] from the Romansonwards. Celtic tribes ,Ancient Britons, Anglo Saxons,Vikings,Normans,Flemish immigrants etc etc.We also have many words emanating from classical Greek.
I think that is because until a hundred years ago Education,for those privileged to have access to it,was almost entirely studying Latin and Greek,[ both language and philosophy from the works of Plato,Aristotle etc]
It you wanted to do maths at Cambridge you did Classics first.So all those higher up,educated, wealthy people were familiar with these languages and the classical authors.They would also be very familiar with the writings in The Bible,but probably not Hebrew,Aramaic and related tongues.The Bible was probably read in Latin until the Reformation.So the English Bible is a translation of a translation at the very least
WILD GEESE FLYING OVER OUR GARDEN
Leaves have gone so suddenly
Small birds float on the wind
Like boats astride a choppy sea.
Their swaying soothes my mind.
Wild geese fly past at dusk again,
They head towards the North.
The holly berries glow in sun,
Holy is joy’s birth.
I gaze intently at the sky,
The clouds hang dark and low.
If I were a mere wild goose
I’d know which way to go
But I am left with just these words
To tell my destination.
Words can carry down to me
Wisdom from past generations
We use old words in unique ways.
We structure them to form
A new design not seen before
A new sentence is born
I send my words with love to you
I hope you safely catch them.
Give me answers from your heart
And I’ll do my best to match them.
Talking makes it go up
We are going to take your blood pressure 10 times
Thank you for warning me I’ve got my gun here and it’s loaded.
In any case why 10 times? You seem over fond of the decimal system where’s I will prefer you to take it 12 times as 12 as a much more interesting number than 10 since You can divide it by 234 and 6.
Please don’t talk it will make your blood pressure rise.
Well the world was coming through and we couldn’t talk l
It depends on how 0l high it is
I keep mine very high on purpose so that you won’t be able to reach it I also have a booby trap so beware.
And it’s going up
Do you stop talking?
Only when I’m listening
Would you like me to tell you a story?
Did you write it yourself?
I haven’t ever tried that.
Go write and leave my blood pressure alone
Living with loneliness
The Yale Review | Kieran Setiya: “Correspondence”
Billy Bragg – The World Turned Upside Down
The doctor wants to take your blood pressure
The doctor wants to take your blood pressure.
I always knew he was a thief
The doctor wants your blood pressure
Tell him I don’t have any.
I have to take your blood pressure 10 times
Can you count up to 10?
The doctor asks me are you very hot?
Show me his photograph.