shakespeare

Beauty and the Bard

Suppose I never ever saw you
Suppose you'd never ever called
Suppose I kept on singing love songs
Just to break my own fall


I am having a very good day today. I spoke to several friends. I did some excellent design work, in my own humble opinion. I watched Shakespeare in Love, enjoying the raw passion of the glorious words of the bard spoken with correct pronunciation and emphasis. I re-discovered Regina Spektor in the correct mood to fully enjoy her, especially her music videos, and I am now a bit of an addict, listening to Fidelity and Laughing With and The Call and looking forward to trying more. Tonight I am going to go dancing with the swing dancers, and Friday night there's a ballroom dance as well, I've been missing that. I am filling my life with the romance of its enjoyment. I am very slowly continuing to read Anna Karenina, but all the depressing parts are putting a damper on my mood, so it's a slow read. I'll be done it and several other books by summer's end, though, as I am constantly in the reading mood. I need to read a happy ending book...

Yesterday was also a great day, I got some work done at home and launched a friend into LiveJournal. She is to_distinguish and would be happy to have some LJ friends, if any of you are interested. She began by posting a very interesting, introspective post about windows.

Last night I had the great pleasure of going out to Prairie Ink, the bookstore cafe at McNally, and having a five hour conversation with my newest friend Mattea. We covered a lot of ground, told each other our brief life stories and discussed things we had in common. Our waitress happened to be Jewish and have connections to the Hebrew School in Saskatoon, and she invited us to learn to read and speak with her this summer. In an awesome twist, Mattea and I found we have this in common. When I got home it was beautifully calm and the stars and moon were out, so I went for a walk with a friend. We swung on the swingset in the park, I pushed an empty swing thinking about the immediate intersection of my own past and future, and I lay down in the seat and watched the Big Dipper, thinking about the size of the earth and the weight and placement of all its inhabitants. When we walked through the park, the moon's glow over the groves of trees reminded me of the fantasy forests in my head when I read books. All it needed was some fog. Maybe a few rodents of unusual size.

I am filling my world with the romantic things of life and feeling grateful for all of them. Now to dancing. Because I have Shakespeare on the brain today, here's one of my favourite of his sonnets, #113.

Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind,
And that which governs me to go about,
Doth part his function, and is partly blind,
Seems seeing, but effectually is out:
For it no form delivers to the heart
Of bird, of flower, or shape which it doth latch,
Of his quick objects hath the mind no part,
Nor his own vision holds what it doth catch:
For if it see the rud'st or gentlest sight,
The most sweet favour or deformed'st creature,
The mountain, or the sea, the day, or night:
The crow, or dove, it shapes them to your feature.
Incapable of more, replete with you,
My most true mind thus maketh mine untrue.

"Fidelity" was totally my song. I remember singing it before dating Philip and thinking the happy ending of the music video didn't fit it, and then when I started dating him I liked it even more. xD