Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Siblings at the Playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time it was
and what a—

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—time it was
it was—

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—a time of innocence,
a time of confidences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long ago
it must be—

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a photograph.

I have a photograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And what a

time it was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was
a time of innocence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A time of confidences—
long ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It must be
I have a photograph.
Preserve your memories.
They’re all that’s left you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Old friends
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
Like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
Of the high shoes
Of the old friends

 

Old friends
Winter companions
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset
The sounds of the city
Sifting through the trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends

 

Can you imagine us years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange to be seventy

 

Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear…

 

Time it was
and what a
time it was
it was
a time of innocence
a time of confidences.

 

Long ago
it must be
I have a photograph
preserve your memories
they’re all that’s left you.

          —Simon & Garfunkel / Lyrics by Paul Simon

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Grotto

There is a little garden grotto at the elementary school.

“It looks like the Virgin Mary used to live here,” I said when I first noticed it.

 

 

 

 

The woman I was walking with told me that the building had once been a convent.

Apparently, the Quebec used to be quite littered with them.

 

 

 

 

“You have to take a picture of this leaf,” said Iris, over and over.

 

 

 

 

“Did you take one? Did you take a picture of the leaf?”

 

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Fortress on the Bluffs

Mom & Dad & Dan were going to visit. Mom ended up having to get a lump removed from her lip.

We miss her very much.

 

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We show Dad & Dan the trail to the island.

When we get there, Dan realizes there is a lot of work to be done to secure the island from invading forces.

They get off to work in the usual manner.

 

Dan does some warm up exercises to prepare for hard labor.

 

 

 

 

 

Iris gathers material.

 

 

 

 

 

Dad needs some rest.

 

 

 

 

Akiva makes sure no one is sneaking up from behind.

 

 

 

 

Dan surveys the engineering.

 

 

 

 

Iris works on construction.

 

 

 

 

Dan works on construction.

 

 

 

 

Tired from all the construction, Dad needs a nap.