Monday, December 31, 2012

To a Glad New Year

Three Musicians 1 - Pablo Picasso, 1921

Toot the trumpets! Strike the strings and sing!
On your feet! Step lively in the dance!
Age and Youth alike are on the wing
Going forward: Time moves like a lance
Let loose by some celestial super strength
Amidst the muck and mire of our dozing
Driving us, reminding that life’s length
Never gives us room for much reposing.
Esurient? Appease the appetites
That feed the soul. The body, gross and vile,
Yields but sickly transient delights ~
Evoking ennui with a knowing smile.
Awake! A blessed New Year is at hand!
Resolve to love and give without demand!

Three Musicians 2 - Pablo Picasso, 1921

~ FreeThinke, 1996


  1. Another acrostic sonnet! How do you find the time and the inspiration to write these?

  2. Happy New Year to you too, AOW!

    Fifty-odd years ago I found I had a knack for putting words together. Teachers praised me for it. A few others noticed it too along the way, and seemed to think well of it.

    I fashion acrostic sonnets the way some people do knitting, crocheting, or making hooked rugs. It keeps my mind occupied and out of the gutter. It's fun, and it may actually be worth something.

    I don't think too much about the last. I just do it. I've written well over two hundred of the things by now. Too many have been lost through "attrition."

    I didn't wake up up to considering these exercises of any lasting value till late in life.

    All I can say is it beats twiddling your thumbs. ;-)

    ~ FT

  3. FT,
    Any particular reason(s) that you chose graphics by Picasso?

  4. You do have a talent, FT, and I love the Picasso.

    Funny, I don't see you as a Picasso kind of guy...

    I love his Three Musicians compositions. They are right up there with my favorite, Demoiselles d'Avignon

    Look at the first painting. That's me playing the guitar ;)

  5. "I don't see you as a Picasso kind of guy..."

    There's a lot you still don't know about me, just as there's a lot that I don't know about me -- yet.

    For instance, I'm a terrible typist. Verse is more terse than prose, so I try to distill my natural verbosity by trying to encapsulate bits of wisdom or homespun philosophy into strict, confining forms. It strains the brain a bit, but certainly helps to avoid having to type lots and lots of words. ;-)

    Poetry tends to be cryptic, even at its best, but mine is pretty easy to understand, which is why modern intellectuals generally disdain it or dismiss it as mere doggerel.

    I guess modernists proceed on the notion that "if it's comprehensible, it isn't art" -- something like that.

    Happy Daze!

    ~ ft

  6. It's hard to imaging 2013 turning the tide to see improvement in the condition of our sad and sorry planet, but what the hell ...

    Happy New Year anyway!

  7. I'm with Waylon, but I am hopeful.

    Happy New Year, FT! Thanks for the sonnet and the art. xxx

  8. Thanks to all for stopping by.

    Happy New Year, FJ, Waylon, and Z!

    Expressing hope and good wishes has never hurt anyone, and -- who knows? -- it might actually help.

    I think it does, frankly.

    ~ FT

  9. Happy New Year FT!

    All the best to you and all you love.

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  11. No Obama Voters here, RR, unless they've sailed in under false colors, though we do allow dissent as long as its responsible and not merely vituperative and insulting.

    Unfortunately, you may have to pay tribute to The Beast, whether you want to or not.

    You have nuts, and HE has an Almighty CRACKER.

    }}}}}}}}}}}} !!!!OUCH!!! {{{{{{{{{{{{

    Best to ya in these difficult times.

    ~ FreeThinke

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  13. I'm sorry you, apparently, withdrew your post, Radical Redneck. I didn't intend to chase you away.

    Unlike many in the blogging community, whose petulance on the subject I do not understand, I don't mind in the least if someone posts a prepared statement they've used elsewhere -- as long as it makes sense and pertains in some way -- however remote -- to the topic at hand.

    Happy New Year to you, RR!

  14. I removed a comment from an entirely anonymous writer, because it was merely a gratuitous series of insults to Ms Shaw Kenawe -- a fellow blogger with whom I rarely agree, but whom I like and respect, nevertheless, for many reasons that have nothing to do with politics.

    I politely accused Ms Shaw at her own blog earlier today of applying a double standard. The criticism, however, was good natured.

    What I am most tired of is pointlessly nasty, pointedly unpleasant rhetoric that serves no constructive purpose whatsoever.

    If you merely want to insult others, please do it somewhere else.


    ~ FT

  15. Your choice of illustrations alone, FT, qualifies you as a genius. And no I'm not kidding. I love your blog.

    Helen Highwater



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