31 December 2017
- This ends three weeks of ‘reading anything I like’.
- After an intense #AusReadingMonth in November
- ….I needed to take a break.
- I slapped on my apron and have been cooking one great dish after another!
- Now I must get back into my reading chair.
- Today I will choose some challenges for 2018 and my reading direction.
- There are a lot of choices to make today!
- Now this last poem by Australian Bronwyn Lovell was the perfect ending.
- I managed to memorize Emotional Astronomer.
- Wishing all readers, visitors and bloggers a very Happy New year 2018 !
Read poem: Emotional Astronomer (Browyn Lovell, Australian)…but at 0300 AM this morning. I awoke and could not fall asleep and managed to memorize the poem. Then I slept for another 5 hours. My brain absorbed Lovell’s words like a sponge. I discovered the FORM made memorization easy! Each phrase starts with a verb 3rd person present….except for the last line.
- cares for telescopes like mechanical pets
- camps out with cameras and an aching neck
- tints torchlight, dims his van brothel-red
- waits for the Earth to move, the moon to set
- props a director’s chair for the fade to black
- can’t factor his children’s resentment
- accepts the conditions, won’t ask the sky why
- will not love a nebula less the tenth time
- gets teary at a clear viewing of Alpha Centauri
- feels things to which his wife won’t relate
- needs no chart to plot the now fragile arc
- of a retired accountant’s amateur star—
- knows meteors will rain down consolation:
- Jupiter a river pebble, Saturn a silky stone
- I wanted to learn the meaning of this line
- …why did it differ from the rest of the poem?
- I started to look into meteor showers
- …and found that the gravitational pulls of
- Saturn and Jupiter might combine to
- ….cause spectacular meteor showers.
- Meteors are fragments of ice and rock.
- Now I see how Lovell used this information
- to give the poem a surprising sense of closure
- that satisfied this reader….after some investigation!
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