Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Music: One More Cup of Coffee (Heger Walter Band)

Here is an amazing and beautiful rendition of Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee." This Dylan cover is by the Heger  Walter Band. I think this group takes the song to a new level! (Lead vocals, guitar: Hans Heger; guitar, vocals: Karl Heinz Walter; bass: Math Schouten, drums: Peter Joosten: keys accordeon: Wilbert Verheijen)


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday Haiku: Winter Snows

snows settle
on the mountainside
quiet days


Image: "new hampshire: winter"
Artist: e.e. cummings
Medium: Oil on cardboard


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Peace in a Time of War

"Aleppo after the Fall" speaks to that uneasy peace, that "haphazard reprieve from war," and the attempt to find a normal life in a world that seems to be perpetually at war.

[Originally posted on June 4, 2017 as part of the "Bearing Witness to the Times" series]

Ruins near the citadel in Aleppo’s Old City. Credit Sebastián Liste/Noor Images, for The New York Times

Aleppo After the Fall

In a city so ancient
That a merchant can stand on a street corner
Where his blood ancestor may have stood
Three thousand years before,
There comes a haphazard reprieve from war.

A weary silence falls
Where streets once bustled
With sales of fabric and spice
Amid the sweet cacophony
Of exuberant traders and pilgrims.

Like a shattered plate,
The courtyard of The Great Mosque
Now lies in fragments –
The hundreds of daily footsteps
But a prayerful memory.

Children play –
When they dare come out –
In the rubble-strewn side streets
While old men try to remember
The ancient pathways.

A flute still plays in the distance;
A dancer regains her steps.
The rest of us settle
Into a strange new world
Where victory is as dangerous as defeat.

                                                                      ~ CK

“On March 7, 2006, the sun rises on Aleppo. Aleppo, along with Damascus and Sana'a, is one of the three oldest inhabited cities in human history,  added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1986.” (From The Atlantic Monthly, “Aleppo Before the War - Photo by Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters)

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