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Do you remember this?

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Time and the river wait for noone. Photos © Tamara Beck.

I have expunged so much and so many from my recollection

When they come creeping in, it’s on ghost feet

Sometimes I welcome the newly remembered

Sometimes I dread the associations they bring me

Some memories amuse, others confuse, some

Simply disabuse me of my moral superiority, I

Have not served truth or justice, not always,

Just sometimes; glory is not mine to strut or savor,

Not always, just sometimes, Who were you? Who was I?

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A reprint

Favorites sometimes demand a repost. I love this one which I wrote at an earlier time.
For the original on which I am commenting and which William Carlos Williams wrote, click here. It is called “This is just to say.”

William Carlos Williams apologizes

William Carlos Williams apologizes

He says he regrets he ate the plums

He knows they were meant to be served for breakfast

Is he really sorry that he enjoyed his fruit?

His apology seems more than a little insincere– I think

He enjoyed his late night snack, savored its deep flavor,

He recalls the taste of his forbidden fruit with pleasure

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Revival

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Opaque or transparent? …Lest I Forget

Some six months ago, I shut down one of my many blogs, Observations: Lest I Forget  and transferred much of its content to this one. I fully intended to put new content here and leave the …Lest I Forget site to history.

Truth is, I have a lot about which I wish to opine, and enjoy doing so in different fora and diverse platforms. So  Observations: Lest I Forget is being revived today, with fresh content all its own.

Enjoy.

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Splashy

The river in its infinite variety
Is always the same, running this
Way and that, making waves, or
Having them made on it by the
Passing boats and barges in
Their infinite variety, always
The same but different

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Undaunted

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(c) Tamara Beck: April Tulips

Tulips defy the wind and the rain

Their color brightening despite the

Dampening onslaught, standing up

For their season, this cruellest month

Beats them down, but fails to defeat

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Am I a poet

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Am I a poet?

It is really not right that I call myself

A poet, poets work long and hard to

Represent their reality, and I write

Fast and reflectively, or is it reflexively,

Spitting out my truths in short, rapid

Bursts, bursts light and dark to

Represent the world I see, or hear

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Viewpoints

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Photo © Tamara Beck

This would be my establishing shot, looking over the river at night fall.

Glistening lights on the 59th Street bridge, the water illuminated by reflections from Roosevelt Island’s well-lit towers are magical.

The clouds, minutes earlier prominent lines in the evening sketch, fade into the darkening sky.

Water, even in darkness, has a power over us.