Saturday, November 12, 2011

From Russia With Love

Bloggers can track the location of their readers and I am surprised and delighted to find I have a very small but apparently loyal readership in Russia. Hello Russia! I don't know who you are, but thanks!

P.S. I should have posted this yesterday, Dostoevsky's birthday.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Touch of Comedy

I'm re-posting this short video (from quite a while ago) because I had insomnia last night and because I like it. I hope you enjoy meeting a sleepy playwright and his muse. The video is called "Jack and Thalia" and it's on YouTujbe.

Before Dark

“Home before dark,” our mother’s voice
trails after my brother and me like a kite tail
as we scamper to stickball. Sundown
happens too soon so we run to the blue
house as if our lives depend on time.
After supper, in the hallway, I hear
“She’s got to stop following me around”
and imagine his pals poking fun at
a skinny kid sister tagging along.

Today, I can’t help it; I’m happy.
God knows why.
I’m holding on to heaven.
If I let go, what’s there? Nothing
but memory and pain.
I confess I’ve been unfaithful
to my dreams and my stories,
leaving them alone and unwritten
in the distant shimmering house,
the house they burst forward from,
rushing and true. I have to keep writing.
That’s how it is, before dark…

Copyright 2011 Barbara Alfaro