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A Poem

Billy Collins

You are so beautiful and I am a fool
to be in love with you
is a theme that keeps coming up
in songs and poems.
There seems to be no room for variation.
I have never heard anyone sing
I am so beautiful
and you are a fool to be in love with me,
even though this notion has surely
crossed the minds of women and men alike.
You are so beautiful, too bad you are a fool
is another one you don't hear.
Or, you are a fool to consider me beautiful.
That one you will never hear, guaranteed.

For no particular reason this afternoon
I am listening to Johnny Hartman
whose dark voice can curl around
the concepts of love, beauty, and foolishness
like no one else's can.
It feels like smoke curling up from a cigarette
someone left burning on a baby grand piano
around three o'clock in the morning;
smoke that billows up into the bright lights
while out there in the darkness
some of the beautiful fools have gathered
around little tables to listen,
some with their eyes closed
others leaning forward i…
"I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?"
Ronnie Shakes

Christmas Break

First, allow me to say that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the funniest book I've ever read, and anyone with a sense of humor should read it.

***Disclaimer - Frequent drug abuse and language

Now, onto my Christmas break plans. I'm heading off to Virginia to see an old friend. On the way, I'm shooting up to Chicago to see a number of people. Then, I'm picking up a college friend in southern Illinois. Together, we will travel to Virginia to meet up with Daniel. From there, we'll probably go to D.C. We'll also probably hit some slopes. I'd like to check out Great Smoky Mountains National Park and do a little back-country hiking, but that depends on our equipment.

I'll leave for this trip sometime after Christmas and return on the 6th of January.