Monday, October 12, 2009

Gloved and Greaved

I gloved and greaved
my hands, my legs, my thoughts,
leaving no part of my person
exposed to touch
or other poisons.

Marin Sorescu

(from Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey)

Civil War Bride

Alberta Martin
"Love him? Well, I don't know. It ain't the same love that you got for a young man…People when they get old like that, they don't require kissing and hugging and necking and one thing or another. The old saying is 'better to be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.'"
—Alberta Martin

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Monument: Washington
by Langston Hughes

Let's go see Old Abe
Sitting in the marble and the moonlight,
Sitting lonely in the marble and the moonlight,
Quiet for ten thousand centuries, old Abe.
Quiet for a million, million years.


And yet a voice forever
Against the
Timeless walls
Of time—
Old Abe.

Michigan Motto

Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice --
"If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

Abe Lincoln