Saturday, May 20, 2006

"Her Piano Concerto"

'Tis a recital of touch -- myriad notes of her piano concerto played with nimble fingers,
Like spilt, warmed water that would not balance nor remain within his upturned palms.

This engaging melodic dance, is one of composed, yet steadied harmonies,
Each drawing her into a magical world -- where she hears the arias of his wanderings.

Nearby, sunlight flashes in rainbows through the uneven glass pane of an open window,
Reminding the listener of Morning Glories -- and the glint and glitter of fairy-dust.

As her piano concerto
Plays on.

A gentle breeze shudders ever verdant leaves into individual rustles and sways,
Like miniature ballerinas clad in green -- doing piroettes on the tip of a shoe.

Restfully down, cool grasses tease and tickle at the back of her neck,
While errant butterflies flit through sultry air -- gracefully just above the depth of her gaze.

As her piano concerto
Plays on.

She walks to where the sand spreads soft beneath her feet,
Like granular waves sifting up to kiss and then stick to her toes.

A bluejay clammors a piercing call,
Snails slide silently over moss.

As her piano concerto
Plays on.

Twinkling stars wink at her,
Like a reunion of old friends.

The man in the moon grins down at her with a broad smile,
One of kindness and understanding.

A burst of light flares up in her eyes,
But it is only the sun comforting an end of her day-dreaming.

And she is safe.

As her piano concerto
Plays on...
Copyright ©2006 ~ Robert C. Kuhmann ~ All Rights Reserved

English, the "official" language of the USA.

Dear reader, I was once an immigrant (not to the USA, because I was born here), but to France. Thus, I spent 16 years of my adult life in a second country. As a polyglot linguist who speaks: US English, fluent French, good Spanish, some German, a little Japanese, and who can read Italian & Portuguese -- I am a proponent of the mandatory official use of US English in the United States of America. Similarly, I encourage everyone to learn several languages.

Having travelled all over the world (and resided in various countries), I underwrite the use of US English as the ONLY legally supported language of the land. I for one, ask newcomers to tolerate and respect the diversity of all origins, but I shall also ask each person to honor the common ground. Wave your national flag (that of your country of origin), but take pause to remember to display "Old Glory". Learn to speak, read, and write US English. Integrate yourself and your cultural identity into the best of the values of your host country (the USA is an amalgum of so many). English is firmly established as a dominant historical and integral part of the national identity (albeit that my ancestors were German [Saxony & Bavaria] and Norwegian).

When one is a visitor (anywhere), or an immigrant to a "new land" -- it is simply polite, good taste to exercise such common sense, i.e. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".

Cum dilegentia sunt!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Prosaic Poetic Pinafore

(LIFE) should be enclosed by Philosophic Parenthesis.

And ...

"DEATH" should be bounded by Quintessential Quotes.

For we have but a short time to live, and there is a long time to stay dead...