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Poem for Tuesday, The Nice Guys, Canal Animals


A Song Of Sherwood
By Alfred Noyes

Sherwood in the twilight, is Robin Hood awake?
Grey and ghostly shadows are gliding through the brake,
Shadows of the dappled deer, dreaming of the morn,
Dreaming of a shadowy man that winds a shadowy horn.

Robin Hood is here again: all his merry thieves
Hear a ghostly bugle-note shivering through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Merry, merry England has kissed the lips of June:
All the wings of fairyland were here beneath the moon,
Like a flight of rose-leaves fluttering in a mist
Of opal and ruby and pearl and amethyst.

Merry, merry England is waking as of old,
With eyes of blither hazel and hair of brighter gold:
For Robin Hood is here again beneath the bursting spray
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Love is in the greenwood building him a house
Of wild rose and hawthorn and honeysuckle boughs:
Love is in the greenwood, dawn is in the skies,
And Marian is waiting with a glory in her eyes.

Hark! The dazzled laverock climbs the golden steep!
Marian is waiting: is Robin Hood asleep?
Round the fairy grass-rings frolic elf and fay,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Oberon, Oberon, rake away the gold,
Rake away the red leaves, roll away the mould,
Rake away the gold leaves, roll away the red,
And wake Will Scarlett from his leafy forest bed.

Friar Tuck and Little John are riding down together
With quarter-staff and drinking-can and grey goose-feather.
The dead are coming back again, the years are rolled away
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Softly over Sherwood the south wind blows.
All the heart of England his in every rose
Hears across the greenwood the sunny whisper leap,
Sherwood in the red dawn, is Robin Hood asleep?

Hark, the voice of England wakes him as of old
And, shattering the silence with a cry of brighter gold
Bugles in the greenwood echo from the steep,
Sherwood in the red dawn, is Robin Hood asleep?

Where the deer are gliding down the shadowy glen
All across the glades of fern he calls his merry men--
Doublets of the Lincoln green glancing through the May
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day--

Calls them and they answer: from aisles of oak and ash
Rings the Follow! Follow! and the boughs begin to crash,
The ferns begin to flutter and the flowers begin to fly,
And through the crimson dawning the robber band goes by.

Robin! Robin! Robin! All his merry thieves
Answer as the bugle-note shivers through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

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Cheryl and I have known for weeks that we needed to see The Nice Guys together, so she came up on Monday so we could be fangirls. We started by watching Eddie the Eagle On Demand, then Paul made lunch for all of us including Adam. Then we went with Adam and Christine to the mall to see The Nice Guys, which was highly entertaining though more violent than I was expecting -- a very black comedy, even more so than Kiss Kiss Bang Bang -- and not winning any feminist awards due to a subplot involving porn stars, but the performances are great, including young teen Angourie Rice as well as Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

Adam and Christine had plans with friends in the evening, so we came home to feed the cats and let them get their own vehicle, then we went to California Tortilla for dinner after a couple of episodes of Robin of Sherwood (both were great -- the one about medieval mistreatment of Jews in England and the one about not shedding blood during Pagan holy days). We took a walk to see bunnies (two in the post-rain wet grass) before Cheryl went home. I spent an hour on the phone catching up with my college roommate Tracey before the season finale of Blindspot, which was satisfying apart from one character being gone. Along the C&O Canal a week or so ago:















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