Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Poetry Post

Waving Out and In

Fairy-tale Logic
by A.E. Stallings

Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat,
Select the prince from a row of identical masks,
Tiptoe up to a dragon where it basks
And snatch its bone; count dust specks, mote by mote,
Or learn the phone directory by rote.
Always it’s impossible what someone asks—

You have to fight magic with magic. You have to believe
That you have something impossible up your sleeve,
The language of snakes, perhaps, an invisible cloak,
An army of ants at your beck, or a lethal joke,
The will to do whatever must be done:
Marry a monster. Hand over your firstborn son.


  1. Awesome poem today, Jim!

    Happy 2012 to all my blog peeps!!!!!

    I am up ridiculously early only by dint of the fact that I went to bed ridiculously early. Did wake up (quite by accident) at 12:12. Mumbled the obligatory "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" before using the loo and going back to sleep, only to wake up at 4:30 a.m.

    Got plenty of sleep, though, so I'm good.

    Wishing you all a fabulous, successful and fantastic 2012!

  2. Happy 2012 to you too.

    I like A. (Alicia) E. Stallings poetry. I used another one of hers on Feb. 13, 2011.

    Hoping for a saner 2012 than 2011, but I'm not holding my breath.

  3. Here's to a better 2012! Happy New Year all.

  4. Morning all! You guys feeling a little shadowy to start the year? Fairy-tale logic… yeah. Between Mrs. Fetched and Mason (and sometimes Skylar), I get a lot of that at FAR Manor.

    I don't think I mentioned this guy at the top of our driveway night before last. I'll be writing more about him today, time permitting.

  5. Happy New Year everyone!

    Spent New Years Eve Dog sitting Truman, who barked until about 1:00 when people stopped setting off fireworks. Then we got high, noisy winds. So it is a very tired New Year for me.

    Planning a relaxing New Years Day afternoon at my mom's eating Black Eyed Peas for good luck.

  6. Jim, the pictures reminded me not o people waving but of cave drawings. I see: Victory, dancing, quest begining, the very bottom right... is that moider I see?

    Love the poem. Fairy tales, to me, were always scary. Mother Goose... WTF? :) But I LOVED them. I wanted more more more. Most of our tales are downright scary. More scary than Andi's foggy lage photos. Or maybe that's why I see the monster lurking just behind that dark tree. Because I grew up realizng, deeply knowing perhaps that these fairy tales weren't exactly for children. Or more to the point were to scary us into behaving. Behavior Modification.

    Or... the poem could be about the radical fundies. Take yer pick :)

    Hawkey New Year. Game was great. Met Wes' boss, nice man. And the Winter Hawks beat Seattle! We didn't stay for the balloon drop or skate with the players. We wanted to get home before too many drunks were on the Max.

    But my neihgbors were firing off illegal, and I do mean very illegal fireworks. It's okay for them to threaten my property and lives of my children with their drunken illegal fireworks and KILL our sleep, but dog forbid people camp out in PUBLIC parks. Those people should be beaten... how dare they.

    Gotta go clean my irony board.

    And read Farf's blog

  7. Happy New Year to all, and a very happy retirement to Andi.

  8. (((((((JEN)))))))))) I miss you lady!

    Farf, good advice from yesterday, thanks. I will definitely call the IRS. He has no key because he lost the two we gave him. He's 37!!! My son is far more responsible. More courteous...

    I haven't spoken to my darling Wayne all damn year. Emailed him to call me.

    I made blonde, raspberry jam brownies w/white and dark choc chips yesterday. Pretty good. But I think I prefer my Espresso at Midnight Brownies (WIK a touch of cardamon and cinnamon) Yes. I am a damn good goodie maker. :)

  9. Wowzers! KMc has a CatVest video up on his author's blog that is fantastic! Had to share it with hockey peeps who also love the pooties.

    And zooom, Mr. Gaiman has a recap of his past NYE benedictions and wishes and a absolutely wonderful NYE wish for us all. Brought me to tears.

    Shared both with my hockey family. May they both give you as much happiness as they did for me and my kids.

    Thanks for all the kind words about my kids little Blue Xmas video :)

    Happy New Year 40 Acres Critters