Witch: “Careful the tale you tell. That is the spell. Children will listen.” Finale, Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim
Like beanstalks, lies sprout overnight rising high enough to support giants, as the world withers below
a field of moon-daisies grows, with seeds cast like spells to reflect light,
the glimmer-truth of stars, birdsong carried and bee-buzzed
child-seen before they learn. Careful, they listen.
A quadrille for dVerse. The prompt word is spell. My head is full of lies and stories. Some of the same . . . I watched the January 6 Committee hearings today—more revelations about the former president’s lies. We saw Into the Woods at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia on Saturday. Coincidentally. Bernadette Peters sang “Children Will Listen” last night at the Tony Awards in a segment honoring the late Stephen Sondheim.
The attempt was not furtive, not noiseless, it was abusive, shameless a deafening crash— we’re crashing. . .crashed
over the precipice, past nervous titters, and anxious alarms into the volcano,
we wait for a line, a beaming up and out. There—a bird an owl, her cry resonates—look–
each cloud indents the sky, like a paragraph on a page, now watch the blue more words float into view:
less mothering from a tiny red rose there is life and death and magic in the woods
for if in rain, pale petals fall and time cries with tapping beats against the glass, stop, listen, hear the drumming, hear the violin sighs
of life aches– the raw is still there but pink-petaled spring whispers under a sweetened lemon sun,
failure, collapse, frightening– and boundless—once upon a time, the stars sang a secret. . . I wish.
This is a poem created from the Random Words I generated yesterday and some of the Oracle’s words from Saturday. I’m getting this up early so I can do some work before the next round of January 6 Committee Hearings begin this morning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.
We listened to the first televised hearing on Thursday night on the radio as we were driving home from a beautiful night with dear friends at William Heritage Winery, and then watched it on TV after we got home. It was horrifying and stunning to watch. It’s beyond doubt that the former president instigated an attempted insurrection. Unfortunately, it’s gone beyond him now and growing.
Merri’s Movie, TV, Theater Club: We finished the new season of the Danish political drama, Borgen, which was a lesson on how power corrupts. This season returned after nine years. It is an excellent series, which I highly recommend. We stated watching the new season of Stranger Things. It’s a lot of fun so far. Both shows are on Netflix. I didn’t watch either trailer because I don’t want to know anything in advance.
I get emails from Focus Features, and so I was able to see a free virtual screening of the new Downton Abbey movie, Downton Abbey: A New Era. It was a bit predictable, but it was Downton Abbey—well-acted, beautiful filmed—and if you like the show, you’ll enjoy the movie. I did.
On Saturday afternoon, we saw Into the Woods at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia. We walked around in a light rain first. It was a very enjoyable production, the audience around three sides of a bare bones stage with an excellent orchestra raised behind them. It was a show of imagination and storytelling—no special costumes, just a few props like crowns, red cape, golden shoes, Rapunzel’s braid, etc. Several cast members played multiple roles, including playing Snowy White the Cow, the hen that laid golden eggs, and the Giants’ harp. The Baker’s vocals were the standout for me, but all the actors sang beautifully. We both enjoyed this production very much.