Monday Morning Musings:
We’re frozen in a shadow world of dreary grey clouds, not even interesting enough to be chiaroscuro, just day after day dismal bleakness. Finally, the sun appears, and though the wind is gusting, and it is cold, I am thrilled to see sunshine. I have a doctor’s appointment, and we decide to make the rest of the day into an afternoon date—lunch and a movie. Before the movie, Green Book, I discover a little pond by the multi-plex parking lot. Beauty in unexpected places.
sun shines one fine day–
cold white clouds on blue surface,
rippled by webbed feet
A friend stops by–just for a moment to drop off a belated birthday gift. The presents are lovely, but it’s the thoughtfulness that I cherish more. We’ve been friends since our college years when our now husbands were roommates. She’s a friend I could call in the middle of the night if I ever had to.
know you’ve got a friend
in January’s dark cold
to bring glimpse of spring
We’re watching The Man in the High Castle. In this alternate reality, the United States is split between the Nazis on the East coast and the Japanese on the West. In one episode, a Jewish man (who practices his religion in secret) tells another character to continue to create art, to find beauty so that “they” don’t win. He says Jews have outlived evil before, and they will do it again. I hope he’s right.
wondering if it’s too late
for seeds to flower
Sun and wind, then grey skies again. A Sunday morning snowfall, quiet and beautiful.
there, up on the roof
snow lays a silent white quilt–
inside all are warm
We eat mussels and pomme frites at a Belgian bar. Then we walk through the cold city streets, where some holiday decorations remain.
small blankets of white
lights twinkle so far away–
city winter night
In the beautiful Academy of Music, we see Beautiful. The show tells the story of Carole King’s life, focusing on her relationship with Gerry Goffin, her husband and writing partner, and their friendly rivalry with songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The show ignores the social and political events going on at the time, though her declaration of independence got a cheer from women in the audience. Still, the songs that carry the show along—and they, of course, are wonderful. The show begins (“So Far Away) and ends with Carole alone on the stage at the piano (“Beautiful”).
light so far away,
you’re beautiful as you feel—
hope in dark of night
We go home to dream–of some kind of wonderful.
Each of the haiku–and the final line– includes a line from a Carole King song:
“One Fine Day” (Gerry Goffin and Carole King)
“You’ve Got a Friend” (Carole King)
“It’s Too Late “(Carole King)
“Up on the Roof “(Gerry Goffin and Carole King
“So Far Away “(Carole King)
“Beautiful “(Carole King)
“Some Kind of Wonderful” (Gerry Goffin and Carole King)
And here’s a bonus for you from when Carole King was honored at the Kennedy Center.
If you’ve never seen this, then you’re welcome. And if you have, then you know–Aretha Franklin, the Obamas, and Carole King herself–all the feelings!