Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Poetry Post

Photo by Andi
through the windshield
on the road
to seeing my mom
who is touched by gray
for Mother's Day.

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Touch of Gray
lyrics by R. Hunter & music by J. Garcia

Must be getting early
Clocks are running late
Paint by number morning sky
Looks so phony

Dawn is breaking everywhere
Light a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains
I don't care 'cause
It's all right

I will get by / I will get by
I will get by / I will survive

I see you've got your list out
Say your piece and get out
Yes I get the gist of it
but it's all right

Sorry that you feel that way
The only thing there is to say
Every silver lining's got a
Touch of grey

I will get by / I will get by
I will get by / I will survive

It's a lesson to me
The Ables and the Bakers and the C's
The ABC's we all must face
And try to keep a little grace

It's a lesson to me
The deltas and the east and the freeze
The ABC's we all think of
Try to give a little love.

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
but it's all right.

Cows giving kerosene
Kid can't read at seventeen
The words he knows are all obscene
but it's all right

I will get by / I will get by
I will get by / I will survive

The shoe is on the hand it fits
There's really nothing much to it
Whistle through your teeth and spit
causeit's all right.

Oh well a Touch Of Grey
Kind of suits you anyway.
That was all I had to say
It's all right.

I will get by / I will get by
I will get by / I will survive
We will get by / We will get by
We will get by / We will survive


  1. Now that's not exactly the knee slapping happy Mother's Day Poem but fits the weather and the way we feel as we age.
    I'm covering my touch of gray up these days.
    Had a great morning of editing--good progress. Then--
    Sonboy ended up coming in yesterday afternoon and then daughter so we all four were together for dinner. I got flowers from son and hubby and so we took some to my mom's grave. What a good grandson to think of her too.

    My treat to myself for birthday, anniversary and Mother's day which are all this month--an Iphone.
    Been wanting an Ipod and a Kindle so decided to combine into one with a phone upgrade available.
    So kiddos are jealous Mom has the coolest phone and the least knowledge of how to use it. But I'm learning.

    I understand there is a way to write/edit documents on the Iphone with a wireless keyboard. Anybody know anything about that? Would be cooler than a netbook if so.

    Andi and Jim, glad you made your trek to see Mom. Those opportunities get fewer and fewer when they get older.

    Hope all Mom's have a good day. Sonboy went back but daughter will stay through the morning and go back--both have finals this next week.

    Maria--Wonderful that story b done.

    Off to more editing.

    Relaxing Sunday to all.

  2. Happy Mother's Day to all moms!!

    Yay for flowers, and presents we buy ourselves! Enjoy the iPhone, Lisa - seems that everyone I know who has one loves it. And Yay for family time.

    I've heard the song for years, but never knew the words. Thanks for sharing them. And of course I love the picture - never enough stormy skies in my world (literal ones, not figurative).

    Appraisal came through. House is sold. Closing May 19th. St Aug friends gave me some boxes - some I gave them a few months back! Will head home tomorrow and the whirlwind will begin. Good thing work has slowed down.

    So today's my last relaxing day for a while. Having a great time in St A, as usual. But I sure wouldn't mind a few days listening to the wind and rain, andi.

    Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday -

  3. Lisa, contrats on the iPhone. As far as the bluetooth keyboard on the iPhone, nope. The only way that this can be done now is to jailbreak, hack, the iPhone. The iPad does allow any bluetooth keyboard to be paired with it.

    Beth, glad to provide stormy skies in Andi's photo.

  4. I've always enjoyed that song, Andi. Mother's Day puts a different spin on it, though. On my head, the touch of gray became a full-fledged embrace long ago — Mom actually has less gray than I do. :-P

    Lisa, Jim tells today's tale about wireless keyboards and iPhones, but iPhone 4.0 (coming some time this summer) will add that support — can't wait!!! Definitely download the Kindle app, it works pretty well given the screen size and books you buy from Amazon can be sent straight to your iPhone.

    Speaking of Kindle, my first "Shiny Things!" podcast is about the Kindle. This five-minute restriction is really a godsend for me; now that I've shaken out the initial kinks I can knock them out in short order.

    Beth, I listened to wind (without rain) last night. It's supposed to be a bit calmer today, and the small chance of rain we had is steadily dwindling away into the usual spring dry spell.

    Gout is getting the better of me, so I guess I'll stay home & write instead of going to church. Waves!

  5. Happy Mom's Day, gang!

    Beth, re: Kindle - I agree w/Farf that you NEED this. Congrats on the house sale!!

    Lisa, congrats on the iPhone!! I love mine. Yes, Kindle app works great. :)

    Farf - bummer about the gout flareup. Take it as a sign that you need the rest!!

    Jim, gorgeous poem. Thanks for the beautiful words, as always.

    I'm going to spend today being a total slacker. Question is - which book shall I tackle first. I have SO many greats on the TBR pile (ebooks and print books). Plus, just treated myself to all of Oz on iTunes. LOVE that show so much. Brutal, but totally and utterly brilliant.

    ::waves to Andi and the rest of the gang!!:: Time for sloth. :)

  6. Pond Pictures for Andi!

    The day after I took these pictures my brother was on the lawn mower down by the pond. My sil and I was on the patio and he yelled for her to bring him a hoe. She grabs one and takes down to him. He told her it was too late. He said there was a four-foot water moccasin in front of the lawn mower and that it had gone into the pond. I guess you know this means very long distance pictures from now on. BTW the below was what I wrote the day I took the pictures, but I guess it applies today.

    Since Andi has so politely asked me to take some pond picture over the last year I decided today was the day. I pulled out my camera, hit the “ON” button and imagine to my surprise nothing happened. I immediately went to the battery compartment to see if I had dead batteries. Low and behold, I had no batteries. I got to thinking, “I can not disappoint Andi today – not today of all days, OH please God NOT TODAY!!!!!” What does today have to do with disappointing Andi? Well nothing really, but it’s sort of a good build-up to what I did. So I desperately look around my room for more batteries. I go through every drawer and shelf looking for batteries. It finally dawned on me that I had rechargeable batteries already recharging. So the big dramatic scene from earlier was for naught. I go and get the batteries and low and behold again, they worked. So here are the most recent pictures I have of the pond, or as I told Andi earlier, they might be old ones I’m recycling.


    Fog on Pond

    Picture of Yellow Stuff by Pond

    I hope everyone enjoyed the pictures and there will be more to come. I guess once you get past that first initial picture then clicking more isn’t that difficult. That is if you have batteries.

    Happy Mother’s Day and Everyone take care.


  7. Yay! Pond pictures! They're gorgeous, Fam - I'm glad you had batteries! I feel more peaceful, just looking at them. Hope you find time to take more, with a zoom lens if necessary......


  8. Hi Beth,

    I do have better pictures of the pond and I'm trying to figure out how to put a link to all the pond pictures I have in Photobucket. I even have one with music to it. That's when I was glued to the computer all the time and trying to learn everything I could about it. I learned and then forgot. :)

  9. Woo hoo, FM! Thank you. I love 'em.

  10. Ooh, lovely pond pics, FM. They're going in my desktop rotation. ::g::

    Been having a LOVELY, lazy day. A little reading, a little napping, now rewatching Oz season 1.

  11. Yay for pond pix, FM! Mrs. Fetched would have ran the snake over with the lawn mower — she's done that before — that's one way to leave the way clear for more photos…