Just another something sad and dark to mess up someone’s day.
A while back I have a friend of mine listening to a couple of my spoken words pieces, while she spoke in glowing terms of the high caliber and potential of these works of art, she also observed that they were somewhat sad and dark. I was at first a bit jolted by her remark because I wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of been seen as a sad dark and/or morbid writer but then it occurs to me that many of the world’s better writers;
Speaking of sad and dark writings, here is one such piece which I came across recently which is reported to be one of the hottest thing going around in social media circles of late, it is said to fast becoming the go-to poem for people who are experiencing grief, be it at a personal or a public level. This piece is written by; Maggie Smith and found in Poetry Society. It is entitled; Good Bones
Life is short, though I keep this from my children, Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine.
In a thousand delicious ill-advised ways, a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my Children, The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative estimate. Though I keep this from my Children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird. For every loved Child, a child broken, bagged, sank in a little lake. Life is short and the world is at least half terrible, and for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you, though I keep this from my children.
I am trying to sell them the world. Any decent realtor, walking you through a real shithole, chirps on about good bones: This place could be beautiful, right? You could make this place beautiful.
So what do you think? Is this good or what?
Next time I shall venture to give you one of my sad/dark pieces but until then, reread this and let us know what you think.
Extra, extra; Here's a little something extra for you on this independence day USA. Happy independence day America.
1776 - The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America
1803 - The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The property was purchased, by the U.S. from France, was for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre). The "Corps of Discovery," led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, began the exploration of the territory on May 14, 1804.
1817 - Construction began on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
1845 - American writer Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, MA.
1855 - The first edition of "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman, was published in Brooklyn, NY.
1881 - Tuskegee Institute opened in Alabama.
1910 - Race riots broke out all over the United States after African-American Jack Johnson knocked out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.
1934 - Boxer Joe Louis won his first professional fight.
1939 - Lou Gehrig retired from major league baseball.
1959 - The 49-star U.S. flag became official.
1960 - The 50-star U.S. flag made its debut in Philadelphia, PA.
1966 - U.S. President Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, which went into effect the following year.