Monday Morning Musings:
“She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.”
–Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)”
–e.e.cummings “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]”
Ancient voices carried on a breeze
float beneath the moon
in leaf-rustle, they speak
in each footfall, they keep time
that whirl in dusty motes
gathering in silvery specks,
specters of the past
the echo of their heartbeats
caught in a laugh, a scent, a cry.
Harriet was a true hero,
but she was a woman, too,
who loved and laughed and cried
and if the playwright has her move through time
is that so odd
because we still hear her voice,
She walked down this street or that one, perhaps
here the enslaved reached freedom,
here refugees still hide
their hearts full
I learn my friend’s heart literally broke
the day before Valentine’s Day–
but it is patched, stents installed
to let his blood flow.
Another friend has an artificial heart,
but like the Tin Man
she doesn’t need a heart
to love or be loved.
I read that the Giant Heart in the Franklin Institute
it now has the soundtrack of a real heart
with beats that echo
through time and space
like Harriet in the play,
like the memory of my grandfather
popping up from the giant heart’s artificial valves
to show me and my little sister
that it was a safe space
a place I carry
a memory of a heart
carried in my heart
his heart and that heart
in my heart, they echo
as do the voices of women
leading “lives of quiet desperation”
that the assistant sees in the movie
and what can she do
till enough people speak and the system changes
as whistles are blown
and heroes speak the truth
even as rich and petty men besmirch them
retaliating with the power of wealth and position–
tin men without the shadow of a heart.
I bake chocolate hearts
for all the hearts I carry inside
and we celebrate love
transcend time and space.
We saw My General Tubman, a new play by Lorene Cary at the Arden Theatre.
We went to the Wine and Chocolate event at William Heritage Winery.
Merril’s Movie Club: we saw The Assistant, a bleak but excellent movie with an outstanding performance by Julia Garner.
We also finished Counterpart. We really enjoyed the two seasons. It’s on Prime, and apparently Starz cancelled it because they didn’t feel it appealed to female viewers (!). You know how women don’t enjoy well-developed plots and complex storylines (rolling eyes).