I was feeling like the autum feel is bringing me down so I decided to have a look at some Haiku Poetry for the season. I found some really nice ones on https://peaceroad.wordpress.com/autumn-haiku-poems/ and I think I posted a few last year (but they were more winter/spring driven)
A haiku poem consists of three lines, with the first and last line having 5 moras, and the middle line having 7. A mora is a sound unit, much like a syllable, but is not identical to it. Since the moras do not translate well into English, it has been adapted and syllables are used as moras.
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.
I love this one too:
The crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.
foliage on fire
flames flickering up the steps
that lead to my soul
a hedgehog lingers
listening to rustling leaves
change is in the air
autumn’s final dance
ere the blazing lights go dim
her heart skips a beat
Which ones do you know or like?
In 1997, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. I’ve gone to the movies last night to see how the book I loved took shape and form based on a script by John Romano.
I knew the main character was based on a real person – with some embellishments. And what a character Roth created! The Swede seemed to have it all! He was a star high school athlete (really, a hero and a legend in his hometown), he married a beauty queen (a former Miss New Jersey), he took over his father’s thriving business (manufacturing high-end ladies’ gloves), he had a house with land (in a very… pastoral setting), he and his wife had a loving, beautiful daughter to care for.
What could go wrong? All of it. At the 45th high school reunion of Swede’s older brother, Jerry, tells Swede’s story to an old classmate, a journalist who was overseas during the 1960s.
Seymour “Swede” Levov was the pride of the Jewish-American community in Newark (which nicknamed him “Swede” because of his Nordic good looks), but Swede’s life became difficult after high school – and went downhill from there. Swede had to struggle to get his very traditional father to accept the Catholicism of his wife, Dawn.
He struggled to keep his business viable in the face of declining customer demand (and being at the epicenter of the 1967 Newark race riots), and he struggled mightily with his rebellious daughter, Merry. Merry dealt with a bad stutter, which clearly affected her confidence and self-esteem (besides the “problem” of having such a beautiful mother, as pointed out by Merry’s psychologist, played by Molly Parker). But Merry’s problems (and her parents’ problems with Merry) had just begun. Continue reading
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Went to see Arrival last night and it must have been the corniest s%4t I’ve ever seen. And I have seen Bridget Jones’ Diary… The story itself is nothing much, I’ve seen it before in movies like First Contact, Deep Blue Sea, ET, (and even though I don’t want it on this list, that crappy Keanu Movie – The day the Earth stood still). I love a good Alien encounter movie – it appeals to my curiosity – are there any other beings in this universe (of course there are), are they intelligent, conscious, driven, do they look like us?
And Arrival does try to answer all of these questions and it’s quite smartly formulated at points but loses the plot close to the end.
“I attended a party with my crush — a hottie from the basketball team. He was so cute, and I was so nervous around him. I was trying to act cool as he was telling me a funny joke, but just as he said the punch line, I laughed so hard that I peed my pants! Then his friend walked by and shouted,
‘Oh, my god! This girl just peed herself!’
Everybody started laughing.
I definitely stayed away from the rest of his games that season!”
“This guy I was really into asked me to go to a movie with him and his friends. Everything went fine — until my dad came to pick us up. My father asked one of the guys if he was a wrestler, then my dad looked at me and said, ‘She wrestles!’ He put me in a headlock and gave me a noogie in front of all three guys — including my crush. I was totally mortified!”
I was sitting in the cafeteria with my friends when I decided to play a little joke on them. They all knew I was totally in love with this guy Brian, so I decided to tell them I was dating him. They stared at me in shock as I told them how he had called and said he loved me.
The tale was really getting good when I heard a voice behind me say, ‘So, when did all this happen?’ I turned around and there was Brian!”