Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Lackawanna Valley - George Inness

September's Baccalaureate

September's Baccalaureate

September's Baccalaureate
A combination is
Of Crickets -- Crows -- and Retrospects
And a dissembling Breeze

That hints without assuming
--An Innuendo sear
That makes the Heart put up its Fun
And turn Philosopher.

-- Emily Dickinson

Monday, August 30, 2004

Protest marchers in NYC, Aug 29, 2004

Autumn in New York!

Wed Aug 25: GOP Delegates Meet With Anti-Bush Signs
Sun Aug 29: Vast Anti-Bush Rally Greets Republicans in New York

Autumn in New York!
(Where is Ella Fitgerald when you need her?)

Autumn in New York,
Why does it seem uninviting?
Autumn in New York
Look at those placards they're writing!

Ominous crowds with Abu Ghraib shrouds
In canyons of steel,
They’re making me feel - like a heel.

It’s autumn in New York!
Placards on each subway train,
Rallies in the park:
"NO MORE YEARS" is their refrain.

Marchers with angry signs,
Flag-draped coffin lines,
Is it autumn in New York,
Or Chicago all over again?

Autumn in New York:
Rooftop signs seen from the plane,
"Cheney is a Dork,"
"Bush Lied, They Died" and words profane.

Yes, jaded pols and media hacks
Who lunch at the Ritz
Will say it's no big deal, but still -

This autumn in New York
Regime change is in the air
Oh, autumn in New York
Taxis to and from Mad Square,

Pass by demos dawn to dark,
Cops and firemen, mad and noisy,
Why did we pick New York?
Next time let's have it in Boise.

Coming soon to a theatre near you!

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Susan B. Anthony's house at 17 Madison St. in Rochester. N.Y., a National Historic Landmark. The Susan B. Anthony Preservation District is a nine-block area around The Susan B. Anthony House and Susan B. Anthony Square.Susan Anthony was a benefactor of women's education at the University of Rochester; in order to raise the $50,000 the University required to convert to a co-educational institution, she cashed in her life insurance policy and donated the proceeds.

UR's Eastman Quad & Rush Rhees Library in autumn