Month: November 2012

The Funniest Thing You Never Said: Success

 

 

The secret to success is sincerity. If you can fake that you have it made. George Burns

 

If at first you do not succeed, skydiving is not for you. Unknown

 

He was as successful as a celluloid dog chasing an asbestos cat through hell. Elbert Hubbard

 

If at first you do not succeed, try and try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.  W.C. Fields

 

When all else fails, there is always self delusion. Conan ‘O Brien

 

You Say Hamas, I Say Hummus

 

 

So I have been watching and listening to the whole Israel-Palestine debacle over the last few days, Hamas this and Hamas that, they started it, we’ll finish it, but am I the only one who thinks of Hummus every time I hear that name?

The annoying thing about this is, even if you didn’t, it’s going to be like the last song you heard bouncing around your head, every time you hear Hamas you will subconsciously think Hummus and silently curse me for writing this post.

 

 

Sylvia Plath: Child

 

There are a lot of poets on WordPress, a lot of them are very good, I’m always impressed by people who write poetry, you really have to put it all out there. I think it is great that blogs allow people to write and more importantly share and publish their poems, cause let’s face it, poetry is as good as dead, not many books of poetry are published and even less sell enough to warrant to be published, though I think the self-publishing revolution of blogs and Amazon has given modern day poets an opportunity they would not have had otherwise. I mean let’s face it, the likes of me would never get published through the traditional method of a literary agent and then hopefully a publishing house/company. Most of us would end up in the slush pile. So we do it ourselves, although I think the majority of us know that we are not fooling ourselves, we know we will never make a living from it, we stick with the day job, a novel/poem/short story won’t get you on the bus when you’re broke.

We do it because we love it and that is the best reason to do something in my opinion, unless you are a serial killer.

Anyway I have strayed from the point of the post, poetry, I love it, especially the old stuff. But this poem by Sylvia Plath has always stuck in my head, it was the first poem of Plath’s that I ever heard when I was 13 and my English teacher read it aloud on our first day of secondary school. I became immersed in Plath’s work after that. And I think Child is a great poem. Plath wrote it for her newborn son.  So here it is. If you don’t like poetry, look away now.

 

Child

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.
I want to fill it with color and ducks,
The zoo of the new
Whose name you meditate–
April snowdrop, Indian pipe,
Little

Stalk without wrinkle,
Pool in which images
Should be grand and classical

Not this troublous
Wringing of hands, this dark
Ceiling without a star.

-Sylvia Plath