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Diagnosis by Sharon Olds

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“Diagnosis”

By the time I was six months old, she knew something
was wrong with me. I got looks on my face
she had not seen on any child
in the family, or the extended family,
or the neighborhood. My mother took me in
to the pediatrician with the kind hands,
a doctor with a name like a suit size for a wheel:
Hub Long. My mom did not tell him
what she thought in truth, that I was Possessed.
It was just these strange looks on my face—
he held me, and conversed with me,
chatting as one does with a baby, and my mother
said, She’s doing it now! Look!
She’s doing it now! and the doctor said,
What your daughter has
is called a sense
of humor. Ohhh, she said, and took me
back to the house where that sense would be tested
and found to be incurable.

“Diagnosis” by Sharon Olds, from One Secret Thing. © Random House, Inc., 2009.

Poem for Today

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The Pitcher

His art is eccentricity, his aim
How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at,

His passion how to avoid the obvious,
His technique how to vary the avoidance.

The others throw to be comprehended. He
Throws to be a moment misunderstood.

Yet not too much. Not errant, arrant, wild,
But every seeming aberration willed.

Not to, yet still, still to communicate
Making the batter understand too late.

—-Robert Francis

Quote for Today

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From Mudbone to Richard Pryor.

“Hardtimes”

I lived thru hard times. Hard times was waay back. People talk about it bein hard times. They didn’t have a year. They just called it hard times. It was dark all the time. I think the sun came out Wednesday, and if you didn’t have ass up early you missed it. So I happened to be out there one Wednesday and the sun hit me right in the face and I grabbed some and rub it all over my face ’cause I didn’t have nuthin else. I might as well have some sun on my face.

Listen to the whole story on Youtube. There is plenty of profanity and some triggers.

“Have Faith” by Emma Amos

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Amos, Emma, “Have Faith,” silk caligraph, 1991

Quote of the Day

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You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue

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