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April 19, 2005

More Brain Candy

Because I feel like something light and hopeful:

The Moon

You can take the moon by the spoonful
or in capsules every two hours.
It's useful as a hypnotic and sedative
and besides it relieves
those who have had too much philosophy.
A piece of moon in your purse
works better than a rabbit's foot.
Helps you find a lover
or get rich without anyone knowing,
and it staves off doctors and clinics.
You can give it to children like candy
when they've not gone to sleep,
and a few drops of moon in the eyes of the old
helps them to die in peace.

Put a new leaf of moon
under your pillow
and you'll see what you want to.
Always carry a little bottle of air of the moon
to keep you from drowning.
Give the key to the moon
to prisoners and the disappointed.
For those who are sentenced to death
and for those who are sentenced to life
there is no better tonic than the moon
in precise and regular doses.

Jaime Sabines

-- Poemas sueltos, 1981
translated by W. S. Merwin

Posted by Dan at April 19, 2005 08:43 PM

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I like the moon as it is looked at in the movie Moonstruck. "Cosmo's moon." My favorite part is at the end after all the twists when the grandfather starts crying and says, "I'm so confused.!" That sums up so many areas in my life.

Posted by: Jim at April 19, 2005 09:14 PM

My favorite in Moonstruck is when the mother asks Loretta is she loves Ronny. Loretta says she loves him "awful bad." The mother's response is, "that's too bad."

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at April 19, 2005 10:35 PM

I love the playing of Vicki Carr over, and over,and over, and over......

Posted by: Alex at April 20, 2005 12:26 AM

Yes. Most definitely what Jim said.

Posted by: Ara at April 20, 2005 07:41 AM

Usually I don't like Nicholas Cage, but in that movie he has one of my all time favorite lines:
"Love don't make things nice! Love roons everything!"

Posted by: Chava at April 22, 2005 09:00 AM

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