There was a man who found two leaves and came
indoors holding them out saying to his parents
that he was a tree.
To which they said then go into the yard and do
not grow in the living room as your roots may
ruin the carpet.
He said I was fooling I am not a tree and he
dropped his leaves.
But his parents said look it is fall.
(Arr. Miller, Performed by Chicago A Capella Choir)
The light is winter light. You’ve already felt it before you can open your eyes, and now it’s too late to prepare yourself for this gray originless sorrow that’s filling the room. It’s not winter. The light is. The light is winter light, and you’re alone. At last you get up: and suddenly notice you’re holding your body without the heart to curse its lonely life, it’s suffering from cold and from the winter light that fills the room like fear. And all at once you hug it tight, the way you might hug somebody you hate, if he came to you in tears.
i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again. poetry is the only man who can break my heart.
1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. 3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. 4. When you say, “I love you”, mean it. 5. When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye. 6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married. 7. Believe in love at first sight. 8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much. 9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely. 10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. 11. Don’t judge people by their relatives. 12. Talk slowly, but think quickly. 13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?” 14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 15. Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze. 16. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 17. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions. 18. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. 19. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. 21. Spend some time alone. 22. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. 23. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. 24. Read more books and watch less TV. 25. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time. 26. Trust in God, but lock your car. 27. Create a loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home. 28. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past. 29. Read between the lines. 30. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. 31. Be gentle with the earth. 32. Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it. 33. Never interrupt when you are being flattered. 34. Mind your own business. 35. Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss. 36. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. 37. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction. 38. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck. 39. Learn the rules then break some. 40. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other. 41. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 42. Remember that your character is your destiny.
Even dorks can land babes. In “Weird Science” the guys may have to create the woman of their dreams, but in the end, real-life ladies come around and appreciate them for who they are once they get to know the dudes inside. Samantha Baker may be a sophomore nobody in “Sixteen Candles,” but she wins the heart of uber-popular jock, Jake Ryan. Even dorky Ted winds up with Jake’s hot prom date. See, dreams do come true!
People are not always what they seem. In “The Breakfast Club,” the kids write a letter to the principal saying, “We think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are…What do you care? You see us as you want to see us.” By the film’s end we discover that the popular girl is still a virgin, that the bully and the jock both have sensitive sides, that the weirdo was really just a pathological liar and that the nerd was potentially the the toughest of all. Consider all stereotypes shattered.
Make the most of sibling rivalry. In just about every John Hughes film one sibling gets the short end of the stick. Take heed and don’t be jealous or hate on your brother or sister just because they’re more popular. You’d be better off teaming up.
Parents aren’t perfect. Hughes portrays extreme circumstances where parents forget their daughter’s birthday (in “Sixteen Candles”) and even leave their young son behind when leaving on a family trip to Paris (in “Home Alone”). Since your folks were never that bad, maybe it’s time to cut them some slack.
Disastrous vacations are what memories are made of. Hey, remember that time your dad decided you were all going on on a road trip to Wally World, but the car got virtually destroyed, your grandma died, the dog peed on your sandwiches and when you finally got to the theme park it was not only a dump, it was closed? These are the memories you’ll look back on and laugh at some day.
Live life to the fullest. In the brilliant words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
A song I wrote tonight. I think I’m starting to enjoy more metaphorical writing these days. This is a rough version.
Named “Faulty” (tentative title)
I built a sailin’ ship for you I pushed it out to sea and bid adieu It went out halfway and came unglued Oh my ship it never stays afloat for you I made a paper plane instead Yeah I folded til my hands they nearly bled And I threw it but it never flew ahead My target was apparently misread Cause the pilot and the crew were left for dead Cause my hands are getting tired And my heartwell it’s a mess Cause I’ve been building all these hopes Since I don’t know when When all you see Are failed attempts. I built a tiny train for you I laid down every track until I knew It spanned long enough to go from me to you Derailed as soon as it went out of view Conductor cryin’ out, “It cant be true” Cause my hands are getting tired And my heart has tried its best Cause I’ve been building all these hopes Since I don’t know when When all you see Are failed attempts. Today I put away my tools Yeah I through them in a box tall as the roof And I looked down at my fingers black and blue I guess I lost the only fight I knew Cause my hand still ain’t holdin on to you
I always look forward to Kiersten’s new songs, and I am never less than inspired.