Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday someone without whom I would not exist and without whom I would not be who I am today.
Happy Birthday to someone who always fought for what he believed in and put passion into everything that he did.
Happy Birthday to someone who wasn't afraid to cry, whether it was from joy or pain or pride.
Happy Birthday to someone who looked me in the eye and made me understand the importance of respect.
Happy Birthday to someone who took the time to enjoy small moments and helped me to appreciate them too by asking me to sit with him on the patio on summer evenings and just stare at the stars.
Happy Birthday to someone who's hands were rough from working day in and day out.
Happy Birthday to someone who helped me understand what it meant to have faith.
Happy Birthday to someone who was in pain almost every day of his life. Even though his limp showed it, his face did not.
Happy Birthday to a man that could fill a large gymnasium with people he touched in one way or another.
Happy Birthday to someone who wasn't perfect and knew it.
Happy Birthday to my role model.

Happy Birthday Dad.
Daniel J. Geis
(June 18th, 1962 - March 19th, 2007)


by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

But it's really fear you want to talk about
and cannot find the words
so you jeer at yourself

you call yourself a coward
you wake at 2 a.m. thinking failure,
fool, unable to sleep, unable to sleep

buzzing away on your mattress with two pillows
and a quilt, they call them comforters,
which implies that comfort can be bought

and paid for, to help with the fear, the failure
your two walnut chests of drawers snicker, the bookshelves mourn
the art on the walls pities you, the man himself beside you

asleep smelling like mushrooms and moss is a comfort
but never enough, never, the ceiling fixture lightless
velvet drapes hiding the window

traffic noise like a vicious animal
on the loose somewhere out there—
you brag to friends you won't mind death only dying

what a liar you are—
all the other fears, of rejection, of physical pain,
of losing your mind, of losing your eyes,

they are all part of this!
Pawprints of this! Hair snarls in your comb
this glowing clock the single light in the room

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Summer Song

By William Carlos Williams

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning,—
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderer's smile,—
if I should
buy a shirt
your color and
put on a necktie
where would they carry me?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Greenwich Village Walking Tour

I am posting a walking tour I wrote of the East and West Villages serially on my other blog, Nebraskan Thoughts. I highly recommend you check it out. Here's a taste!

Stop #1: The White Horse Tavern

We start our tour on Hudson Street, deep in the West Village at the White Horse Tavern, at the corner of 11th Street. This bar was a favorite spot for many members of the literary community during the early 1950s. It is particularly famous for being one of Dylan Thomas’s favorite haunts and the story is that he drank himself to death here, however, although he drank at the Tavern often, he did not drink himself to death and died of unrelated causes.

Later on, this bar became an important spot for writers like Norman Mailer and Hunter S. Thompson. Musicians such as Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison also began to spend time in this establishment in the 1960s. It is also worth noting that Bob Dylan, originally Robert Zimmerman, supposedly took his name from Dylan Thomas.

Check out more HERE!