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Great Poetry Reading Day and Kiss-Your-Mate Day – April 28

April 28th
Great Poetry Reading Day and Kiss-Your-Mate Day

Always kiss my mate so that part is covered….but the great poetry reading…I enjoy poetry but it’s not been my big fortes in reading, however…

The following poem at first reminded me of Boromir from Lord of the Rings Book One – The Fellowship of the Ring. I am sure that Tolkien and Walt Whitman were fans of each other, one way or another. Even if not, it still reminded me of the character of Boromir in the movie The Fellowship of the RingYou remember the scene? When Boromir was dying and the conversation between Aragorn and Boromir?

I would have followed you my brother ... my captain ... my King. Boromir to Aragorn - The Fellowship of the Ring movie - winter-minds Tumblr

I would have followed you my brother … my captain … my King. Boromir to Aragorn – The Fellowship of the Ring movie – winter-minds Tumblr

O Captain! My Captain! 
by Walt Whitman
1
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
2
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths-for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
3
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! My Captain! – Famous Poets and Poems

Yeah, I know. It’s not truly related, in fact the roles are almost reversed, but there are similarities between the poem and the movie in the feelings they both invoke.

In the poem, the Captain is the one who dies, but there are still the same feelings; tragedy, loss, reverence, affection, brotherhood, love.

In the movie, Boromir gives his allegiance to ‘my brother, my captain, my King.’ at the point of death, as Aragorn gives an oath he would not have given in times past. A terrible fate for such a hero, despite his being lured by the ring off and on during the journey. I think everyone knew it was the ring and that he wouldn’t have done that otherwise. A failing that he more than made up for by giving his life defending Merry and Pippin. Of course, it was also the turning point for Aragorn as he begins his long journey to become King; a fate he would not have previously chosen for himself.

Am I the only one who made some connection between these two upon seeing the movie?

Happy New Year!

Last year I posted a Happy Christmas Eve! posting. I hope everyone had a very Happy Christmas again this year. This year I figured I would do a Happy New Year one.

Some from around the world, Australia, New Zealand, the Islands, and maybe even some from the Far East have already experienced the 2013 New Year, and we will also be experiencing it very soon. Here Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) about eight and a half hours from now….So Happy New Year 2013 to everyone!

Happy New Year 2013!

Happy New Year 2013!

And some words of wisdom from some great writers and thinkers:

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling;
He who makes one is a fool.
~F.M. Knowles

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. ~Mark Twain

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde

New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. ~Joey Adams

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