Saturday, October 28, 2006

Tiger Blues
















This weekend is a good time to recover from the World Series, right?

Michelle's Spell of the Day

"Use your death to make a living." Ernest Hemingway

Cocktail Hour

Vampire Bite

One part Grey Goose vodka
One part cranberry juice liqueur
Splash of cranberry juice
Cherry optional
Shake with ice, strain into cocktail glass

Benedictions and Maledictions

Everything Seems Dead

Everyone had lost something -- a finger or toe,
friends, fluency, currency. Most still flew, though,
all that war training having some small part
in the other life. As a child, I feared being buried
alive above all else and made my father promise
to stab a stake of holly through my heart when
my time came to be lowered into the ground.
Instead of planning my funeral, my dad told
me I could ride in a helicopter with one of his
friends, who said, Everything seems so fucking
dead after Vietnam. Don't curse in front of the little
girl, another guy said. She's heard it before, he
replied. I nodded. Those were the days when I
saw a lot, understood little, much like now, I suppose.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

7 comments:

Tiger friend said...

One of my best friends was killed in Nam. He had the heart of a tiger and was a tank commander. He was displayed at the funeral home in a glass-topped casket. Look but don't touch. During the wake, his mother told me that she'd never seen him with a mustache before. He was nineteen when he was killed in his tank on the Cambodian border.

paul said...

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JR's Thumbprints said...

Hmmm, your poem sounds familiar to me. Yes, it's time to recover.

Laura said...

Love the picture. Sad about the tiger's loss. My Uncle was in Nam. He went in right out of high school a young, naive, well behaved boy. He came back a rebelious alcoholic with alot of problems, mentally as well as physically.

Cheri said...

Shitty day indeed. I saw a beautiful rainbow over Gratiot when I left Red Robin today. That made me smile.

Sheila said...

We lost! I guess we just got greedy. We had such a great season though!

Anonymous said...

Whats with the Us Weekly? Do you think Tom and Beckham are lovers?

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