Archive for December, 2007

A Christmas Poem….

December 25, 2007

The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
“Come; see the oxen kneel,

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so. (1915)

The oxen figures are carved olive wood from a nativity set. My reading of this poem; listen here.

Obama Too Young Says Young….

December 8, 2007

Obama is too young for the job says former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young explaining why he is supporting the wife of the nations “first Black president(“white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President“-Toni Morrison). In an interview earlier this year Young reportedly said:

Young… quipped that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has her husband behind her, and that “Bill is every bit as black as Barack.”

“He’s probably gone with more black women than Barack,” Young said of former President Clinton, drawing laughter from a live television audience. Young, 75, was quick to follow his comment on Bill Clinton with the disclaimer, “I’m clowning.”

But for this lady: