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Poem for Wednesday and Lion Dances

Auguries of Innocence
By William Blake

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage
A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons
Shudders Hell thr' all its regions
A dog starvd at his Masters Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State
A Horse misusd upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear
A Skylark wounded in the wing
A Cherubim does cease to sing
The Game Cock clipd & armd for fight
Does the Rising Sun affright
Every Wolfs & Lions howl
Raises from Hell a Human Soul
The wild deer, wandring here & there
Keeps the Human Soul from Care
The Lamb misusd breeds Public Strife
And yet forgives the Butchers knife
The Bat that flits at close of Eve
Has left the Brain that wont Believe
The Owl that calls upon the Night
Speaks the Unbelievers fright
He who shall hurt the little Wren
Shall never be belovd by Men
He who the Ox to wrath has movd
Shall never be by Woman lovd
The wanton Boy that kills the Fly
Shall feel the Spiders enmity
He who torments the Chafers Sprite
Weaves a Bower in endless Night
The Catterpiller on the Leaf
Repeats to thee thy Mothers grief
Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly
For the Last Judgment draweth nigh
He who shall train the Horse to War
Shall never pass the Polar Bar
The Beggars Dog & Widows Cat
Feed them & thou wilt grow fat
The Gnat that sings his Summers Song
Poison gets from Slanders tongue
The poison of the Snake & Newt
Is the sweat of Envys Foot
The poison of the Honey Bee
Is the Artists Jealousy
The Princes Robes & Beggars Rags
Are Toadstools on the Misers Bags
A Truth thats told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent
It is right it should be so
Man was made for Joy & Woe
And when this we rightly know
Thro the World we safely go


We have been warned to expect MASSIVE DOOM in the form of six to ninety-three inches of snow starting on Wednesday evening, so I made sure to get out on Tuesday after a late night/early morning trying to figure out Daniel's housing situation for next year -- he wants to stay in the same complex (indeed, in the same apartment) but one of his roommates is graduating and another is planning to live at home to save money, so he was debating between sharing a double with the third roommate or inviting in a new person and taking a chance on a fourth he doesn't know. Once that was all figured out, I went to Tara Thai with vertigo66 (exactly two months after my birthday, but that wasn't her fault -- December was a tough month for me), and walked around the lake.

Tara Thai is conveniently situated near Target, which was only slightly crazy with people doing pre-snow emergency shopping and grabbing Valentine candy before they couldn't get out to buy it, so I was able to get various things we can't live without in a winter storm and to use my Charming Charlie Valentine's day gift card before it expired. The neighborhood bunnies must know that snow is coming because I saw three of them all munching together on the same patch of grass when I got home. Since there was pairs skating on (and I'd managed not to find out the results), we watched the Olympics after dinner, though NBC was more obsessed with Bob Costas' eye infection and the slushy Sochi halfpipe -- hey, they can have our snow! A few more Chinese New Year pics:


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