Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Poetry Post

The Flotilla Awaits Its Commanders

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The Vacation
by Wendell Berry

Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye, making
a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was living it
so that after he had had it he would still
have it. It would be there. With a flick
of a switch, there it would be. But he
would not be in it. He would never be in it.


  1. Wow, Jim - such a powerful poem! So sad.

    Speaking of vacations, my bag is almost packed and I'm ready to rock'n'roll towards Nerdvana.

    Andi, my buddy John has done you one better. He's asked me to hijack Nate Fillion and bring him home for John. He is amused at your wimpy request for a vicarious kiss & a photo. ::g::

    The sis & I have decided that our usual anal planning needs to be chucked out the window for this. Too much chaos and unpredictability of massive crowds. So, instead, we have the "must" list - a.k.a. my scheduled appearances; and the "really want" list - stuff we'd love to see. We're playing it all by ear.

    I'm off in the early a.m. to the airport, for a long day of travel (DCA-Denver+layover=San Diego).

    Will do my best to tweet/FB/blog as I go, but unlike the man in the poem, I'm going to be in the thick of things!

    Happy Sunday and a great week ahead for you all.

  2. Morning!

    Good selection, Jim. It reminds me of a motorcyclists' adage: the difference between taking the car and taking the bike is the difference between watching a scene and being a part of it.

    Mason's still sicko… the amoxicillin is to last for 7 days, so he should be better by then. He's actually been better since he started getting the mox… he's not constantly clingy and he's showing a little of his normal "get on the floor and play" spirit. Well, not at the moment… at the moment, he's napping.

    Made some minor White Pickups edits last night, including a couple of somethings that have been nagging at me for a little while. Hope everyone else is doing well with their writing or reading or whatever it is.

    Maria, have a great time at ComicCon!

  3. I've seen that poem before, Jim, and I think of the same thing when I'm snapping pictures at an event instead of being in the event, whatever it is. There's a fine line between experiencing life and capturing it to remember later...

    Wish I could head out on the lake in one of those! I'll have to settle for sunning on the beach, instead.

    Have a great time, Maria! I'll be in SD next month, so leave some fun vibes for me.... Will look forward to hearing all about it!

    Happy Sunday, everyone. It's a peaceful writing and tanning day.

  4. Cross-posted - waving to Farf!

  5. Feel like I'm the man with the camera too much these days. But I've got a couple of chigger bites to tell me I got out and did some things in the hill country.

    Came home to central air only to have a power outage all night. Opening windows or doors doesn't help when it's no cooler outside.
    Bah--sweating and little sleep.
    Luckily the power came on right before 7 this A M so things are improving.

    Nicky, so glad the trip went well. LOVE the idea of going someplace so different from where I live.

    Maria, Smart to practice Flexibility. That and your running shoes may get ya what and where you want. Have FUN.

    Farf, sorry Mason is puny but good the mox is kicking in. Amazing how they go down and then up so quickly. Good that you are fitting in some writing, making your story more what you want.

    Jim, would love to take one of the kayaks on the lake. That is a great exercise. Can float to catch your wind and then stretch out to investigate the shore--all very quietly. Power boats are fun, but self propelled has its charm.
    I finished Catching Fire and am anxious to read that final volume about Kat and the others.

    Hubby has the sprinkler going, so out bit of unseasonal rain is over. And the cool that went with it.

    Beth, sounds like the travel plans are fitting right in with the new/old lifestyle. Enjoy your cool and little humidity. Come December I'll remember why I live here. Maybe even sooner.

    Relaxing Sunday to All.

  6. Hi to all. Maria, have fun at the con. If you kidnap anyone, can I have a hug or two before you pass them on!

    Nothing much happening here, but been too tired to post.

  7. Maria, tell John I'm an old geezer so I have to be realistic in my expectations. And safe travels to you.

    Good news on Mason. I hope he's back to his flower-eating self in no time.

    I think there's something wrong with me that every time you or Maria type "SD" I think you're talking about South Dakota and want to say something about going to Badlands National Park.

    Lisa, do upload some pictures and post a link for you ... please and thank you.

    Hope feel perked up soon, Dina.

  8. Red and yellow shoes for giants!

    Love the photo and the poem. Thank you both!