Life’s Pleasures Part 1

Sleep – There’s nothing like falling into bed when you’re exhausted. You can’t beat snuggling into a soft, downy quilt, laying your head upon a feathered pillow … ahh, heaven!

 

 

Chocolate twinned with Strawberries – Yum!

 

Motorbikes – Grrrrrr!

 

Gifted men of verse – Alfred Lord Tennyson

And Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream

And ask ye why these sad tears stream?
Why these wan eyes are dim with weeping?
I had a dream–a lovely dream,
Of her that in the grave is sleeping.

I saw her as ’twas yesterday,
The bloom upon her cheek still glowing;
And round her play’d a golden ray,
And on her brows were gay flowers blowing.

With angel-hand she swept a lyre,
A garland red with roses bound it;
Its strings were wreath’d with lambent fire
And amaranth was woven round it.

I saw her mid the realms of light,
In everlasting radiance gleaming;
Co-equal with the seraphs bright,
Mid thousand thousand angels beaming.

I strove to reach her, when, behold,
Those fairy forms of bliss Elysian,
And all that rich scene wrapt in gold,
Faded in air–a lovely vision!

And I awoke, but oh! to me
That waking hour was doubly weary;
And yet I could not envy thee,
Although so blest, and I so dreary.

 

Cats – Purty 🙂

 

Gifted Women of Verse – Audre Lorde

A Woman Speaks

Moon marked and touched by sun
my magic is unwritten
but when the sea turns back
it will leave my shape behind.
I seek no favor
untouched by blood
unrelenting as the curse of love
permanent as my errors
or my pride.
I do not mix
love with pity
nor hate with scorn
and if you would know me
look into the entrails of Uranus
where the restless oceans pound.

I do not dwell
within my birth nor my divinities
who am ageless and half-grown
and still seeking
my sisters.
Witches in Dahomey
wear me inside their coiled cloths
as our mother did
mourning.

I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile.
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
promised.
I am
woman
and not white.

 

Trees

 

 

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