by Verda Bastian
April 27, 1909 (Age 12)
Vacation is almost here,
The happiest time of the year,
And children will play,
All the live long day.
The birds sing so sweet,
Flowers are growing at our feet,
And the cool April wind blows,
Where the little brook flows.
We’ll say farewell
To the dear old bell;
And as well to the gong;
And hope to sing the dear old song.
Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. — Rabindranath Tagore
The Song of Wandering Aengus
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
“When two friends understand each other totally,
the words are soft and strong like an orchid’s perfume.”
— Martin Luther King Jr
“At my Rolling Stones’ tour, the camera was a protection. I used it in a Zen way.”
Monochrome Madness will be posted later today for your viewing pleasure on Leanne Cole’s blog.
If you would like to participate and submit a photo in the upcoming weeks, please email your monochrome image to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to your blog or website if you have one. It doesn’t have to be WordPress blogger, it can be a Facebook page, a Flickr page, etc. Include your name or your blog name. The image size should be low resolution, so the largest size should be 1000 pixels or less. The deadline for submission is before 6 p.m. on or before Tuesday, Melbourne Australia time. The earlier the better for Leanne. If you should miss the deadline your photograph will be posted the following week. The complete instructions are posted on Leanne’s blog should you have any questions or need help. The first MM of every month will have a theme. The next theme will be *K* on July 7th. There will be two galleries during the theme week, one for the theme and one like there normally is for those that may choose not to do a theme. ✽
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