February 11th, 2008

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Writer's Block: A Favorite Poem

What is one of your favorite poems?


This has been a favorite of mine since I was 11 or 12. I guess you can take that as a forewarning of future gothiness in children.

Alone
by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

There are actually half a dozen of Poe's poems I adore. Other favorite poets: Auden, Shelley ("Ozymandias"), Stein, Whitman, Horace, Ginsberg, Michaelangelo (yes, he wrote poetry).
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From thefridayfive - Housework

1. Do you consider yourself to be a good housekeeper? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. Or at least, not when you're talking about my house. If I'm over someone else's house, I'll keep everything tidy, clean up after myself, make the bed, etc., but at home, I'm a bit of a disaster. It takes enormous discipline for me to maintain even moderate cleanliness and the house regularly slides into squalor. I don't mean just that the bed isn't made (although it isn't), but things like yesterday when I was going through a sink full of dirty dishes and pots and found four different items which were growing mold. An entire pot was full of mold. I am conscious of the mess and do address it but all in all, I know I'd be better of if I took care of problems as they occur rather than addressing them only when they've become crises. Also on the plus side, I'm better at it than my mom. (Yeah, it's not much, but it's something!)

2. Are there any household chores that you enjoy doing? If so, what and why?

If cooking, grocery shopping, etc., is a chore, then yes, I like that. Other than that, no, not really keen on much.

3. Which household chore frustrates/angers you the most?

Tie between keeping the floor clean and keeping the guinea pigs' cage from turning into a filthy pigpen.

4. When doing household chores, what do you do to make them seem less of a "chore"?

Interrupt them by doing other stuff, like puzzle, playing with the cat, watching TV. Of course, if I really want to *do* the chores, I use a timer and restrict distractions to instrumental music.

5. Which chore do you find yourself doing most often, and why?

Cleaning off the kitchen island. It's right there at the door so I dump stuff on it every day, plus I cook at the stove and all that stuff piles up as well. Cleaning it always seems so futile but it does help improve the initial impression.