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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Journal Entry from Michelle -- Fronds of Thought

Fall has finally arrived her in North Texas. It's a welcome reprieve from the relentless heat. Nights are cool now and I love the October moon high in the sky. With moonlight in a blue-white veil cascading over the cluttered backyard. The cool crisp air in the silence of the night that leaves goosebumps on your arms. Yes. This is my favorite time of year. October is - hands down - my favorite month. Here are some other favorites too.

I've always loved Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven":
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more."

As well as Alfred Noyes "The Highwayman". Loreena McKennitt put it to music on her CD "Book of Secrets". The imagery in the poem is amazing:
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

More favorite things: Mexican food, shoes, books, music, a long nap, a hot bath, and warm chocolate chip cookies.

Michelle Miles
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