Month: September 2017

At The Sea – Side

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When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.

My holes were empty like a cup.
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more.

 

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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30th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1980 Martina Hingis (tennis champion)

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Died:

1955 James Dean (actor)

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On This Day:

1898 City of New York established

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Have a good Saturday, 30th September

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The Sound Of The Sea

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The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain’s side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine of foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

 

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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29th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1758 Horatio Nelson (British admiral, hero of Trafalgar)

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Died:

2010 Tony Curtis (actor)

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On This Day:

1966 Botswana gains independence (was British, called Bechuanaland) 

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Have a good Friday, 29th September

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A Sea – Side Walk

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We walked beside the sea,
After a day which perished silently
Of its own glory—like the Princess weird
Who, combating the Genius, scorched and seared,
Uttered with burning breath, ‘Ho! victory!’
And sank adown, an heap of ashes pale;
So runs the Arab tale.

The sky above us showed
An universal and unmoving cloud,
On which, the cliffs permitted us to see
Only the outline of their majesty,
As master-minds, when gazed at by the crowd!
And, shining with a gloom, the water grey
Swang in its moon-taught way.

Nor moon nor stars were out.
They did not dare to tread so soon about,
Though trembling, in the footsteps of the sun.
The light was neither night’s nor day’s, but one
Which, life-like, had a beauty in its doubt;
And Silence’s impassioned breathings round
Seemed wandering into sound.

O solemn-beating heart
Of nature! I have knowledge that thou art
Bound unto man’s by cords he cannot sever—
And, what time they are slackened by him ever,
So to attest his own supernal part,
Still runneth thy vibration fast and strong,
The slackened cord along.

For though we never spoke
Of the grey water anal the shaded rock,—
Dark wave and stone, unconsciously, were fused
Into the plaintive speaking that we used,
Of absent friends and memories unforsook;
And, had we seen each other’s face, we had
Seen haply, each was sad.

 

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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28th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

551 BC Confucius (Chinese philosopher) 

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Died:

1891 Herman Melville (author – Moby Dick)

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On This Day:

1950 Indonesia joins the United Nations (becomes the 50th member)

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Have a good Thursday, 28th September

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September Changes

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September is like no other
It’s days change color and weather
No other month can say quite the same
For every day, I can feel the change

It’s cool breezes start out warm,
Changing to cold throughout every storm
The leaves change and fall
As the Summer leaves and Autumn kisses us all

September maidens feel the change
Like the blue of the sky
Yet the color so deep
Unbelievable beauty

Maidens fall throughout and watch
Each raindropp changing through colors so fast
Yet one streak remains the same
Of that wonderful sapphire rain.

September, unlike any other
Holds you tight, in any weather.
Changes come, no matter where you go

North and you’ll get stormy snow
South and feel the heat of summer coming
September does this, no matter what.
Change lives within, Nothing to stop

September is beautiful
And awesome all the same
It’s hope for the future and the change
Comes swiftly as we sweep away

The Summer ends and the Autumn begins
Change is all around
With one maiden leaving
And yet, another comes

Born into the world
Of wonderful September
The sapphire skies live on
Through out this wonderful September

 

– Jessica Millsaps

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27th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1972 Gwyneth Paltrow (actress)

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Died:

1986 Cliff Burton (rock bassist – Metallica)

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On This Day:

1908 first Model T Ford leaves production plant in Detroit

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Have a good Wednesday, 27th September

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Late September

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The mail truck goes down the coast
Carrying a single letter.
At the end of a long pier
The bored seagull lifts a leg now and then
And forgets to put it down.
There is a menace in the air
Of tragedies in the making.

Last night you thought you heard television
In the house next door.
You were sure it was some new
Horror they were reporting,
So you went out to find out.
Barefoot, wearing just shorts.
It was only the sea sounding weary
After so many lifetimes
Of pretending to be rushing off somewhere
And never getting anywhere.

This morning, it felt like Sunday.
The heavens did their part
By casting no shadow along the boardwalk
Or the row of vacant cottages,
Among them a small church
With a dozen gray tombstones huddled close
As if they, too, had the shivers.

 

– Charles Simic

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26th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1888 TS Eliot (poet and Nobel Prize winner)

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Died:

2008 Paul Newman (actor)

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On This Day:

1962 Yemen Arab Republic proclaimed 

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Have a good Tuesday, 26th September

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