Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ani DiFranco Poet

Today really has been one of those ups n downs, the kind of day you feel like staying in bed.

However, after taking care of a few things I came online. I did my run of links, & then came the blog of BillyBlog the Oxypoet. What I found there is something I will never quite get over, ~ a poem "Self Evident".

I give you the link and judge for yourselves... Thanks a million Billy.


oxypoet

24 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

You and me both Eric - that was utterly astounding. I listened a couple more times it was just that good - and chilling indeed. I can only pray the world does not think of Canada in the same context as the USA.
I will be thinking of this one for a long time to come.
Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Eric Valentine said...

Janice you are welcome, ~ I'm like you, I cannot hear it enough times. Sadly there is such a lot of truth in that poem.

Ocassionally a piece of poetry comes along that just yells KEEPER! This is one such poem, I shall put it with all my other special pieces.

Thanks to Billy for bringing it to light. :)

Oxypoet said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to link it to share with others. My only regret is that I wasn't in attendance! The 92nd Street Y reading series is one of the million reasons why New York is such a great place to live. A bit of a trek from South Brooklyn, but I've seen and heard some amazing performances there.

zirelda said...

I must be a liberal. That was a powerful poem Eric. It parallels a lot of my own thoughts.

samrina said...

Hi Eric,

Powerful words... thanks Eric for the link :)

Hope you're well.

Take care

Eric Valentine said...

oxypoet, I am glad you posted the poem. I like dropping by your site.

You always seem to have pieces of interest, to see or read. Thanks. :)

Eric Valentine said...

So glad you enjoyed the poem Z, like you I found it very powerful & it said a lot of things I used to want to say. :)

Eric Valentine said...

You are welcome anytime Samrina, I'm still listening to the echo in my mind.. :)

Stay well & take care. :)

Leon said...

Thanks for posting this Eric although I had seen it Oxypoet's BillyBlog. After all, I am his father. :-D

Eric Valentine said...

Anytime Leon, LOL

I wondered how that would work out for you. hahaha

You have to admit Leon, he posts good stuff. :)

Leon said...

I am enormously proud of my first born, other than his family moving from L.A. to New York just after my first granddaughter was born. I wish writers and poets could make a living utilizing their talent rather than having to hold down what my father would have called a "real job."

Happy New Year!

Janice Thomson said...

Eric,
I must apologize for what looks like a rude comment about Americans when in fact I meant the present American leadership not the general population. I should have done a preview to catch that. My deepest apologies to any of the American readers I may have offended. It was quite unintentional.

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Janice, I'm quite sure nobody took it the wrong way, but nice of you to mention it anyway.

I knew what you meant besides, we have one of our own here with Harper. LOL

Eric Valentine said...

I know what you mean Leon and it is too bad. Competition as a writer & poets, even musicians is fierce. He does however seem to enjoy his situation and all the availabilities of New York. :)

Julie said...

Eric - thankyou for posting that.

Deeply appreciate it; 9.11 stunned us as it did you all; what really brought it home was doing an art course in London shortly after, with a girl who was in the next building at the time of the attack.

Every best wish for 2008 to you and yours.

Eric Valentine said...

Thanks Julie, yes the world is getting to be a small place.

That must have really been something meeting that girl from the next building, wow.

All the best for the New Year my friend. :)

david santos said...

Happy new year!!

Eric Valentine said...

A Happy New Year to you too David, may 2008 be good for you. :)

newnorth said...

I'll have to check out that link later. I just came over to whine becuase my computer broke. Something about fatal error. Fatal, that doesn't sound good. Think good thoughts that my brother's geekyness pas off and he can fix it. :'( ...i'm soooo sad!

Singing Stream said...

My prayer also Janice...alas our leader resides on Mr. Bush's knee. I have felt this same way for so long..and for too long felt I must be alone, I must be as cynical as my Mother...but I knew. To hear this in Ani DiFranco's words...moves me more than you could know Eric...thank you so much for sharing this. Craig and I watched it together. Thank you so much..:) And Janice, I think the real folks, the common folks of America understand...they do. (((Hugs)))

Eric Valentine said...

Sorry to hear of your Fatal error Newnorth, I hope it didn't turn out to be completely so. :))

Hope the New Year is good to you. :)

Eric Valentine said...

Hello Singing Stream, I'm glad you & Craig enjoyed the poem.

Now the lesson is, people have to learn something from it, no matter where they live.

Happy New Year my friend. :)

Julie said...

Eric, the girl I mentioned was studying art in the college there; she said the worst part was that they kept them away from windows, so they couldn't actually see what was happening. I've met two or three Brits who had relatives working in the building at the time - and like most people, have come across someone who was due in for work and fortunately didn't make it.

A relative, a pilot, picked up what was going on that day while flying, and turned back to his base in Canada. He said he'd never had such a grateful bunch of passengers.

All the best for the New Year!

Eric Valentine said...

I can well imagine the horror of the whole thing Julie. That day is burned in my memory for all time.

I sat and watched the whole thing happen on TV.

Sometimes I try to visualise the horror of the planes hitting, the resulting fires, chaos, pandemonium, fear and the absolute panic, the eventual point where the mind snaps & the point that you actually jump from a window 106 floors up just to try & escape the agony of it all.

Even now sometimes you can hear their screams and yet, ~ we never heard their sounds did we. So So sad....