“maggie and milly and molly and may”

“maggie and milly and molly and may”
By e.e. cummingsmaggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

I figure there’s a decent chance I’m violating multiple copyright laws with this post, so I read this, which, while interesting, did nothing to relieve my concerns. If challenged, I plan to claim well-informed ignorance. That seems a viable defense, no? Always works for Congress.

Walden Warming

I went to a great lecture at the Harvard Book Store a couple of weeks ago from BU botanist Richard B. Primack. He read from his new book, Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods. Like most work on the topic of global climate change, it’s both fascinating and terrifying. Perhaps what’s most interesting, though, is Primack’s approach. Cross-referecing modern observational data with Thoreau’s meticulous notes from the 1850s, Primack chronicles changes in the flora and fauna of the region and makes a compelling argument that many of these shifts are the direct result of climate change.

I’m hopeful that this book and others like it will help members of the community understand that although most of the press on climate change focuses on far-off lands like Greenland and Antarctica, its implications will be felt much closer to home. NIMBY no more.

Green is the new black.

• If somehow you haven’t seen it yet, you really do have to watch Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Even if you’re a climate change denier, which is a whole other conversation for another time, you should still inform yourself about the (completely inarguable!) science of climate change.

• I love this initiative my high school is a part of in the hopes of making students more eco-concious. A great way to show people that they do have the agency to effect change. Signed, proud alum.

“Si Tu Me Olvidas”

“Si Tu Me Olvidas”
By Pablo Neruda

Quiero que sepas
una cosa.

Tú sabes cómo es esto:
si miro
la luna de cristal, la rama roja
del lento otoño en mi ventana,
si toco
junto al fuego
la impalpable ceniza
o el arrugado cuerpo de la leña,
todo me lleva a ti,
como si todo lo que existe:
aromas, luz, metales,
fueran pequeños barcos que navegan
hacia las islas tuyas que me aguardan.

Ahora bien,
si poco a poco dejas de quererme
dejaré de quererte poco a poco.

Si de pronto
me olvidas
no me busques,
que ya te habré olvidado.

Si consideras largo y loco
el viento de banderas
que pasa por mi vida
y te decides
a dejarme a la orilla
del corazón en que tengo raíces,
piensa
que en esa día,
a esa hora
levantaré los brazos
y saldrán mis raíces
a buscar otra tierra.

Pero
si cada día,
cada hora,
sientes que a mí estás destinada
con dulzura implacable,
si cada día sube
una flor a tus labios a buscarme,
ay amor mío, ay mía,
en mí todo ese fuego se repite,
en mí nada se apaga ni se olvida,
mi amor se nutre de tu amor, amada,
y mientras vivas estará en tus brazos
sin salir de los míos.