Poem Today: Sylvia Plath, The Rival

If the moon smiled, she would resem­ble you.
You leave the same impression
Of some­thing beau­ti­ful, but annihilating.
Both of you are great light borrowers.
Her O‑mouth grieves at the world; yours is unaffected,

And your first gift is mak­ing stone out of everything.
I wake to a mau­soleum; you are here,
Tick­ing your fin­gers on the mar­ble table, look­ing for cigarettes,
Spite­ful as a woman, but not so nervous,
And dying to say some­thing unanswerable.

The moon, too, abus­es her subjects,
But in the day­time she is ridiculous.
Your dis­sat­is­fac­tions, on the oth­er hand,
Arrive through the mail­slot with lov­ing regularity,
White and blank, expan­sive as car­bon monoxide.

No day is safe from news of you,
Walk­ing about in Africa maybe, but think­ing of me.

— Sylvia Plath

living in a snowglobe

I slept through our most recent snow­fall. So dis­ap­point­ed to miss the falling flakes, but woke to a fresh white blan­ket cov­er­ing our lit­tle car­riage path.

I was lucky enough to see this video from my @webchickbot. She was expe­ri­enc­ing snow at the same time.

I just keep play­ing this over and over.

Kodachrome: 1935–2010.

The best slide and movie film in his­to­ry is now offi­cial­ly retired. Kodachrome: 1935–2010.

My heart is broken.

Paul Simon — Kodachrome

When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of edu—cation
Has­n’t hurt me none
I can read the writ­ing on the wall

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sun­ny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all togeth­er for one night
I know they’d nev­er match
my sweet imagination
every­thing looks WORSE in black and white

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sun­ny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome
Leave your boy so far from home
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away
Mama don’t take my Kodachrome

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away