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A Hillside Thaw

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To think to know the country and now know
The hillside on the day the sun lets go
Ten million silver lizards out of snow!
As often as I’ve seen it done before
I can’t pretend to tell the way it’s done.
It looks as if some magic of the sun
Lifted the rug that bred them on the floor
And the light breaking on them made them run.
But if I though to stop the wet stampede,
And caught one silver lizard by the tail,
And put my foot on one without avail,
And threw myself wet-elbowed and wet-kneed
In front of twenty others’ wriggling speed,-
In the confusion of them all aglitter,
And birds that joined in the excited fun
By doubling and redoubling song and twitter,
I have no doubt I’d end by holding none.

It takes the moon for this. The sun’s a wizard
By all I tell; but so’s the moon a witch.
From the high west she makes a gentle cast
And suddenly, without a jerk or twitch,
She has her speel on every single lizard.
I fancied when I looked at six o’clock
The swarm still ran and scuttled just as fast.
The moon was waiting for her chill effect.
I looked at nine: the swarm was turned to rock
In every lifelike posture of the swarm,
Transfixed on mountain slopes almost erect.
Across each other and side by side they lay.
The spell that so could hold them as they were
Was wrought through trees without a breath of storm
To make a leaf, if there had been one, stir.
One lizard at the end of every ray.
The thought of my attempting such a stray!

 

– Robert Frost

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23rd March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1645 William Kidd (pirate)

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Died:

2011 Elizabeth Taylor (actress)

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On This Day:

1881 End of the First Anglo – Boer War (Peace Accord signed)

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Have a good Thursday, 23rd March

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Norwegian Nature

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The eagle fly’s high
The whale dives low
the deer give a sigh
cry’s from the crow

Love of the four seasons
very clear reasons
the birth of the summer
woodpeckers drummer

the water is clear
fish are near
the gulls fly above
seals in Love

Norwegian Nature
you cannot manufacture
it is wild and free
buzzing from the bee

everything is very green
greener than you have ever seen
green turns to gold’s
as the autumn, unfolds

The nature in Norway
is happy everyday
it really is god’s country
some people do say

 

– David Darbyshire

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22nd March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1931 William Shatner (actor – Star Trek)

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Died:

2009 Jade Goody (TV Star)

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On This Day:

1946 Britain sign the treaty that grants independence to Jordan

 

 

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Have a good Wednesday, 22nd March

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The Slow Nature

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“Thy husband–poor, poor Heart!–is dead–
Dead, out by Moreford Rise;
A bull escaped the barton-shed,
Gored him, and there he lies!”

–“Ha, ha–go away! ‘Tis a tale, methink,
Thou joker Kit!” laughed she.
“I’ve known thee many a year, Kit Twink,
And ever hast thou fooled me!”

–“But, Mistress Damon–I can swear
Thy goodman John is dead!
And soon th’lt hear their feet who bear
His body to his bed.”

So unwontedly sad was the merry man’s face–
That face which had long deceived–
That she gazed and gazed; and then could trace
The truth there; and she believed.

She laid a hand on the dresser-ledge,
And scanned far Egdon-side;
And stood; and you heard the wind-swept sedge
And the rippling Froom; till she cried:

“O my chamber’s untidied, unmade my bed,
Though the day has begun to wear!
‘What a slovenly hussif!’ it will be said,
When they all go up my stair!”

She disappeared; and the joker stood
Depressed by his neighbor’s doom,
And amazed that a wife struck to widowhood
Thought first of her unkempt room.

But a fortnight thence she could take no food,
And she pined in a slow decay;
While Kit soon lost his mournful mood
And laughed in his ancient way.

 

– Thomas Hardy

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21st March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1935 Brian Clough (football / soccer manager)

Sport. Football. England. 1980. Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough with the European Cup trophy.

 

Died:

1617 Pocahontas (Native American heroine) 

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On This Day:

1935 Persia officially becomes Iran

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Have a good Tuesday, 21st March

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Oh, How Silent Is The Nature

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Oh, how silent is the nature,
It only looks and only hears,
The people’s spirit in a rapture
Clings to a freedom — fast and fierce.

This planet will forget offences
Of him who trades, of him who kills,
And, as in reminiscences,
Druids will teach from greenish hills.

And, as in olden times, the poets
Will lead men’s souls up to heights,
Like Angel leads the dazzling comets
To a point, that is not in sight.

 

– Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

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