lines and colors of menacing lullaby, a child
trapped inside a wooden sub
my brave painting --
ribbons cuts and writings.
watchful eyes of a figure at the top
turn to loops, now
also small gently pillared dwellings,
mini mausolea maybe
now when the cradle starts to fall
the magnets pull it to
now somebody sings a yellow song
now a swirled one
now a baby bounces
when the wind blows
the artist breathes
-- Alice Lesnick, 2012
Morning Radio Sonnet
by Alice Lesnick
I must be getting old.
This morning I listened with deep feeling
To a story of research chimps held by the NIH
Now recommended for retirement to
Sanctuaries, where they would be let to forage for food,
Build nests, live in groups (of at least 7), and
Go outside when they want to. I want that these chimpanzees
Should retire in a state of grace
Like my grandmother after she stepped down from Met Life
(Her first paying job) – a position she held for 12 years
After my grandfather died young.
She retired to Glen Cove to live with my cousins:
Kept house in their house,
Met them with milk and cookies after school;
Volunteered in the hospital gift shop where she got me
jewels and chocolates when I came to visit.
I would visit the research chimps and tell them:
We are sorry for your loss.
This Wall Street Journal article, called Family, Inc., is about families using approaches from the business world to structure homelife -- complete with family mission statements and meetings. A new take on concerted cultivation??
"The Lesson of Grace in Teaching" AKA "Your accomplishments are NOT what make you a worthy human being!"
As I read your thoughtful writings about your goals and backgrounds, I thought of this recent article a friend shared with me: http://mathyawp.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-lesson-of-grace-in-teaching.html. It's about breaking with the tyranny of perfectionism!
http://media.swarthmore.edu/bulletin/?p=903 with thanks to panelist Harry Smythe for letting us know!