Thursday, April 15, 2010

An oasis in the middle of the desert that is my ENGL 361 review.

The Widow's Lament in the Springtime

      Sorrow is my own yard
      where the new grass
      flames as it has flamed
      often before but not
      with the cold fire
      that closes round me this year.
      Thirtyfive years
      I lived with my husband.
      The plumtree is white today
      with masses of flowers.
      Masses of flowers
      load the cherry branches
      and color some bushes
      yellow and some red
      but the grief in my heart
      is stronger than they
      for though they were my joy
      formerly, today I notice them
      and turned away forgetting.
      Today my son told me
      that in the meadows,
      at the edge of the heavy woods
      in the distance, he saw
      trees of white flowers.
      I feel that I would like
      to go there
      and fall into those flowers
      and sink into the marsh near them.
William Carlos Williams (1921)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chocolate all year round.

Image borrowed from Paula J. Becker

There's a girl in my Japanese class who's been in my class for the past three years. She's a little loud-spoken, but on any kind of holiday occasion, she would never fail to bring in chocolate to hand out in class. Just yesterday, I was exiting the East Asian Studies building after class when I bumped into her just outside it. She was in class that day and had left before me, but was rushing back because she "forgot to give out chocolate Easter eggs to everyone." She then hurried to unzip her backpack, opened her pack of chocolates, and proceeded to give me and my friend (who had graduated already) one chocolate egg each before hurrying inside to catch anyone else who hadn't left yet.

I think it's so, so sweet of her :) She's a good girl.