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The Mystic Sea

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The smell of the sea in my nostrils,
The sound of the sea in mine ears;
The touch of the spray on my burning face,
Like the mist of reluctant tears.

The blue of the sky above me,
The green of the waves beneath;
The sun flashing down on a gray-white sail
Like a scimitar from its sheath.

And ever the breaking billows,
And ever the rocks’ disdain;
And ever a thrill in mine inmost heart
That my reason cannot explain.

So I say to my heart, ‘Be silent,
The mystery of time is here;
Death’s way will be plain when we fathom the main,
And the secret of life be clear.’

 

– Paul Laurence Dunbar

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23rd June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1963 Colin Montgomerie (golfer)

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Died:

1995 Jonas Salk (inventor of the Polio vaccine)

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On This Day:

1955 Lady and the Tramp released (Walt Disney)

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Have a good Friday, 23rd June

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The Delinquent

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Goo’-by, Jinks, I got to hump,
Got to mek dis pony jump;
See dat sun a-goin’ down
‘N’ me a-foolin’ hyeah in town!
Git up, Suke — go long!
Guess Mirandy’ll think I’s tight,
Me not home an’ comin’ on night.
What’s dat stan’in’ by de fence?
Pshaw! why don’t I lu’n some sense?
Git up, Suke — go long!
Guess I spent down dah at Jinks’
Mos’ a dollah fur de drinks.
Bless yo’r soul, you see dat star?
Lawd, but won’t Mirandy rar?
Git up, Suke — go long!
Went dis mo’nin’, hyeah it’s night,
Dab’s de cabin dah in sight.
Who’s dat stan’in’ in de do’?
Dat must be Mirandy, sho’,
Git up, Suke — go long!
Got de close-stick in huh han’,
Dat look funny, goodness lan’,
Sakes alibe, but she look glum!
Hyeah, Mirandy, hyeah I come!
Git up, Suke — go long!
Ef ‘t hadn’t a be’n fur you, you slow ole fool,
I’d a’ be’n home long fo’ now!

 

– Paul Laurence Dunbar

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22nd June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1932 Prunella Scales (actress – Fawlty Towers)

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Died:

1987 Fred Astaire (actor & dancer)

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On This Day:

1874 Lawn tennis introduced

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Have a good Thursday, 22nd June

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My Summer Island

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A happy day
Light at 6 am
Already the warmth creeps in
Enriching my cup of coffee.

Bees buzz at eye height
Busy and not caring for your presence.
Pollen and home again
A peaceful life.

Down to the shoreline
Where the wash of waves
Will put you in a doze
Propped againt a rock
Or laid out on the beach.

Bright blue sky,
Not a cloud in sight
Make me reach for sunglasses
And strip off my top.

The sand, bright pink
Adds a beauty,
That visitors will remember
And come back as always.

 

– Willow Moon Pierce

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21st June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1982 Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) 

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Died:

2003 Leon Uris (author)

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On This Day:

1788 US Constitution comes into effect

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Have a good Wednesday, 21st June

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Summer

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he smoke shakes
beneath my roof
and I pour the first glass
of the day.

Outside the world is bathed
in bright sunshine
and people pass my window
in the usual summer dress.

It’s over rated if you ask me.

Give me a storm,
the rain pounding the streets
like the wraith of God,
lighting tearing the sky in two,
thunder rolling like a freight-train.

Give me clouds that leer in
through the window
with the threat of violence.

Give me the sounds
that make people bow their
heads in fear.

That’s when you know you’re alive.

When nature has the planet
by it’s balls and you realise
that with one fail swoop
she could just wipe us all out.

But instead I have this.

Colourful people
in colourful clothes
saying things like

‘Hot enough for you’

‘Man, what about this weather.’

Blissful in their ignorance

and far

far

too

damn

happ y.

 

– Neil Gray

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