two-hearted

+++ Heart, my heart, so battered with misfortune far beyond your strength, up, and face the men who hate us. Bare your chest to the assault of the enemy, and fight them off. Stand fast among the beamlike spears. Give no ground; and if you beat them, do not brag in open show, nor, if they beat you, run home and lie down on your bed and cry. Keep some measure in the joy you take in luck, and the degree you give way to sorrow. All our life is up-and-down like this. -Arkhilokhos 67, trans. R. Lattimore +++ Batter my…

He was a good trout.

+++ I got my rod that was leaning against the tree, took the bait-can and landing-net, and walked out onto the dam. It was built to provide a head of water for driving logs. The gate was up, and I sat on one of the squared timbers and watched the smooth apron of water before the river tumbled into the falls. In the white water at the foot of the dam it was deep. As I baited up, a trout shot up out of the white water into the falls and was carried down. Before I could finish baiting, another…

At least for a while, and maybe never

+++ Rereading The Sun Also Rises and feeling really sorry for myself because there’s no snow. I know. Brutal. +++ At the end of the street I saw the cathedral and walked up toward it. The first time I ever saw it I thought the facade was ugly but I liked it now. I went inside. It was dim and dark and the pillars went high up, and there were people praying, and it smelt of incense, and there were some wonderful big windows. I knelt and started to pray and prayed for everybody I thought of, Brett and Mike…

A Farewell to Arms

=== “Because we would not wear any clothes because it was so hot and the window ope and the swallows flying over the roofs of the houses and when it was dark afterward and you went to the window very small bats hunting over the houses and closed down over the trees and we would drink the capri and the door locked and it hot and only a sheet and the whole night and we would both love each other all night in the hot night in Milan. That was how it ought to be. I would eat quickly and…

A Farewell to Arms

=== “Because we would not wear any clothes because it was so hot and the window ope and the swallows flying over the roofs of the houses and when it was dark afterward and you went to the window very small bats hunting over the houses and closed down over the trees and we would drink the capri and the door locked and it hot and only a sheet and the whole night and we would both love each other all night in the hot night in Milan. That was how it ought to be. I would eat quickly and…