The Poetry corner
The poem I have chosen to share with you is entitled “Eagles”. The magnificent print of a wonderful painting entitled “Wings Of Freedom” is by Mario Fernandez. I have attempted to reach him on the internet to see if he would like to use my poem along with any future offerings of “Wings Of Freedom”, because to me they just seem to belong together. The very large and beautiful print shown here was an anniversary present to my husband and me, and it hangs proudly in my office.
My eagle flies beside me
over rocks jutting from the shore;
Up, up we rise together,
wings spread, we rise and soar.
The air, like silk, flows over us
as we cut through the sky;
Exultantly, we lift or dive,
the air filled with our cry.
We mate for life, and life is good;
our spirits full and free,
Each day filled with each other,
my eagle mate and me.
We’ve flown above the mountains;
we’ve coasted o’er the shore;
We’ve lived each day together,
and we live for evermore.
The memory of two eagles,
as side by side they fly,
Is ever painted on the wind,
the wind that cannot die.
“Eagles” Jan 19, 1999 © E J Finn (Collie)
“Wings of Freedom” print © Mario F Fernandez. ( for more about the artist, visit his website: Mario Fernandez )
Notes To Remember……
I have a love of music that encompasses the whole wonderful world of tonal sound, in every category imaginable: I just get lost in the joy of it. Heavy metal? yep. Classical? mmmm! Country? of course. Rock? love it. Rhythm & Blues? absolutely. Crooning? I’m there. Gospel? always. Soul? melts me. Celtic? deep in my heart. Funk? sure. Salsa? cool. Jazz? for a long time. Dance? lets! Patriotic? that’s me. Indie? yes. New Wave? suits me fine. Recently I’ve listened to Dean Brody, Canadian Country singer. Here’s his picture.
Wikipedia tells me Dean was born August 12, 1975, in Smithers British Columbia, and grew up in Jaffray BC. He worked at a sawmill, playing guitar in his spare time. He signed with Broken Bow Records in 2008, and released his debut single “Brothers” late that year. He and his wife Iris live in Chester, Nova Scotia (where a very close and dear friend of mine is from). And he’s another good example of our great-looking Canadian singers…….
Here’s a link to Dean Brody’s website Dean Brody Website
followed by some YouTube samples for you to enjoy:
His first album “Dean Brody” was released in 2009, debuted at #32 and peaked at #16 on U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart: Here’s “Brothers” (a heart-tugger posted by putzseanthemusic)
From his 2010 Album “Trail In Life” here’s “Little Yellow Blanket” (a love song posted on DeanBrodyTV)
From the 2012 Album “Dirt” here’s Dean Brody’s homage to“Canadian Girls” (Canajun, eh? posted DeanBrodyTV)
It’s Been Said…..
I believe if you were only allowed one book, a good reference (like Bartlett’s) would fill up your days with reading, and contemplating, and understanding. It’s a fast track education, but definitely shouldn’t be a fast read.
Sir Winston Churchill, writer, orator, artist, statesman, historian, is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. I have tremendous respect and affection for this extraordinary man who was one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century. He kept up the spirits of the British people (and Canadians) at a time when everything looked dark, and victory uncertain. He is so well-known for his courage and strength, and tenacity, I thought I would focus today on his humour. Here’s a sampling:
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
“Although prepared for martyrdom, I prefer that it be postponed.”
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”
“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
“I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.”
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
“There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.”
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
“We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.”
Paws For Awhile…..
From the title, I guess you’ll surmise that I’m concentrating on favourite four-legged pawsy-type critters, just a little note or a picture that caught my eye passing by.
The Saluki has always fascinated me. Known as the “Gazelle Hound”, “Royal Dog Of Egypt”, “Persian Greyhound”, the Saluki is one of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dog, with pictures appearing on the ancient Egyptian tombs of 2134 B.C. According to Wiki, they have connections both to the Bible and Imperial China. Modern breeding in the west began in 1895 when Florence Amherst imported a pair from Lower Egypt and began working to popularize the breed. In 1923 the Salukis were recognized by The Kennel Club, and in 1929 by the American Kennel Club. This beautiful dog is the mascot of southern Illinois University Carbondale. A sighthound, the Saluki historically travelled throughout the Middle East with nomadic desert tribes over an area stretching from the Sahara to the Caspian Sea. They were used to hunt quarry such as gazelles. They come in two varieties, smooth and feathered (more common), with fur on its ears, tail and the back of its leg. They are an independent breed, needing patient training, but are gentle and affectionate with their owners. Typical weight: 40-60 pounds (18-27 kg) height: 23-18 inches (58-71 cm) life span: 12-14 years.
Want a Saluki?
I’d rather have dogs
like the sleek, slim Saluki.
© E Joyce Finn/Collie
Signing off…. ej