Having a coke with you
is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne
or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona
partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian
partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt
partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches
partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary
it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still
as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it
in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth
between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles
and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint
you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world
except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick
which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together for the first time
and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism
just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase or
at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me
and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them
when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank
or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefully
as the horse
it seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience
which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I’m telling you about it
Out walking sore, stiff runners legs this morning. I’ve taped my ankle and think I’ll keep it taped for a couple weeks as the anterior talofibular ligament appears to be a bit unstable again.
There are beautiful flowers everywhere!
I’m thinking that I’ll head down to Skagit county for the tulip festival this afternoon. 🌷🌷🌷 The bloom is late this year and peaking now; with grey skies it should make for some lovely photos.
Yuli has a flower crown made of snapdragons, red carnations and purple tulips delivered to Roki (along with a note that says 'I am nothing alike with you.').
What would your muse put into a flower crown for mine?
Red carnation: Flashy
Purple tulip: Royalty
“Oh? You’re the vampire I met at that party. Good to know you haven’t forgotten about me and that you know I deserve beautiful gifts like these. Why didn’t you give them to me at the party though? Your gift is so many years late but I am kind and will forgive you…”
So my town is known for tulips, cherry blossoms, and peony’s to name a few. Last weekend, I went to see the cherry blossoms, and yesterday I went to my town’s tulip festival. It was super beautiful, and close by so I decided to stop by again after work since it’s within walking distance from one of the school’s I teach at. In fact each bed of tulips have handwritten descriptions written by my 4th grade students when they came to the tulip research center! It makes the experience of being surrounded by the tulips a lot more personal.
Work has been really busy and I’ve been working overtime for a few hours every day so even though I was tired and hungry, I decided to energize my spirit with tulips so I went to the tulip farm again right when the sun was starting to set. No one was there and I was able to peacefully take my time walking around and observe each type of tulip. I discovered new types of tulips I had never seen before so that was exciting. Basking in the sun, with the gentle breeze felt so nice. It really feels like spring is finally here since winter in Niigata lasts a long time since it’s the snow prefecture. But I felt really refreshed, re-energized, and healed.
Today, I had one of those days where I felt grateful to be surrounded by nature’s beauty. Not just the tulips but the warmth I felt from the beaming sun, and the beautiful mountains that surround us. I also realized how grateful I am to be able to live in the countryside, specifically Gosen where I am placed. Life feels amazing when you live it out with gratitude.