Salvatore Quasimodo, poet (No, not the Hunchback!)

By: Proserpina , 7:18 PM GMT on April 30, 2013

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1901-1968

Ognuno sta solo sul cuor della terra
trafitto da un raggio di sole:
ed è subito sera.


Everyone stands alone at the heart of the world,
pierced by a ray of sunlight,
and suddenly it’s evening.

These three verses constitute a whole poem written by Salvatore Quasimodo, my favorite Sicilian poet.
I identify with the sentiments expressed in this poem and after a life of many challenges I, like Quasimodo, have concluded that life indeed is a brief, painful moment, followed by death.

The poem titled’ Ed è subito sera’ is part of his first collection of poems Acque e Terre (Waters and Lands), published in 1930. During this first phase, Quasimodo’s writings belong to a hermetic poetic movement which reflected on the existential condition of man. Solitude, the pain of living, and death are the three themes expressed in the poem. The author, while living in the hub of life’s activities, tragically feels alone, incapable to communicate with others. His second verse talks about human life and that even though there are rays of happiness at the same time there is pain due to the knowledge that death is to follow. The third verse is the dramatic conclusion which is death. Evening being the metaphor for death.

Another poem from ‘Acque e Terre’ that I treasure in my memory is ‘Vento a Tindari’ (Wind at Tindari). This poem is set in Tindari a town that can be seen from the one of my birth, Librizzi. Tindarys (Tindari) has a long historical background that goes back to the Greek roots of Sicily, here was established the last Greek colony. Later the Romans added their footprints, and it is here where the revered Black Madonna has her beautiful cathedral. The poem ‘Vento a Tindari’ is inscribed on a wall in Tindari and it was here where I discovered Salvatore Quasimodo. In the 1970s my family and I visited Tindari and while walking to the Greek amphitheater we found the poem, and my love for SQ’s poetry had its beginning.

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‘ Tindari, mite ti so’

Tindari, I know you
mild between broad hills, overhanging the waters
of the god’s sweet islands.
Today, you confront me
and penetrate my heart.

I climb airy peaks, precipices,
following the wind in the pines,
and the crowd of them, lightly accompanying me,
fly off into the air,
wave of love and sound,
and you take me to you,
you from whom I wrongly gathered
evil, and fear of shadow, silence
– refuge of sweetness, once certain –
and death of spirit.

It is unknown to you, that country
where each day I go deep
to nourish secret syllables:
a different light bares you, behind the windows
clothed in night,
and another joy than mine
rests on your breast.

Exile is harsh
and the search, for harmony, ending in you,
changes today
to a precocious anxiousness for death,
and every love is a shield against sadness,
a silent stair in the gloom,
where you station me
to break my bitter bread.

Return, serene Tindari,
stir me, sweet friend,
to raise myself to the sky from the rock,
so that I might shape fear, for those who do not know
what deep wind has searched me.

Salvatore Quasimodo was born on August 20, 1901 in Modica, Sicily where his father was a stationmaster with the Italian railroads. After the devastating Messina earthquake of 1908, his father was sent to Messina to help with the reconstruction of Messina. Salvatore was educated in Messina until 1919. From Messina he went to Rome to study engineering but did not complete his studies, instead he held a variety of jobs until 1926 where he became an employee of the Civil Engineering Board. He was transferred several times to other areas of Italy and finally in 1938 he left his job to become the editor of the weekly Tempo. In 1941 he became a professor of Italian Literature at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music.

During WWII, Quasimodo was involved in the anti-fascist movement and was briefly imprisoned. The work that he produced during and after the war he addresses and interprets contemporary history, social conditions, and the persistence of hope. His wokd ‘Giorno dopo giorno’ (Day after Day), 1947, tackles Italy’s hardships and his horror with Italy’s role in the war. This book of poems is considered the best book of poetry to come out of WWII. Below is one of the poems from ‘Giorno dopo giorno’ :

‘Man of My Time’

You are the creature still of stone and sling,
man of my time. Yours was the cockpit
of malignant wings, the gnomons of death,
– I saw you – in the fiery chariot, at the gallows,
at the torturer’s wheel. I saw you: it was you,
your exact science devoted to extermination,
without love, or saviour. Again you kill,
as ever, as your fathers did, as the creatures
that saw you for the first time, killed.
And the blood still smells of that day
when one brother said to the other:
‘Let us go to the field.’ And that echo, chill,
tenacious, reaches down to you, in your day.
Forget, o sons, the clouds born of blood
risen from the earth, forget the fathers:
their tombs sink down deep in the ashes,
dark birds, the wind, cover their hearts.

Quasimodo was also known for his translations of Greek and Latin poets such as Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Virgil. He translated Shakespeare, Moliere, and contemporary poets such as e.e. cummins, Pablo Neruda, and Conrad Aiken.

Quasimodo received many awards and prizes, among them the Premio San Babila (1950), Premio Etna-Taormina, 1953(together with Dylan Thomas) (1953), Premio Viareggio,1958 and, finally, the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1959. In 1960 and 1967 he received honoris causa degrees from the Universities of Messina and Oxford, respectively.


I wrote this blog because some of you have inquired about my verse/poem seen in "About Proserpina" on the control panel.

Kissed by Sunbeams (Proserpina)
It has rained here for two days. This morning the clinging raindrops are pierced by the rays of the sun, creating magical spots in the garden.
Kissed by Sunbeams
Delicate and Full of Grace (Proserpina)
Delicate and Full of Grace
Perfect for a Moment (Proserpina)
'Peonies' ........ with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling, their eagerness to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are nothing, forever? By Mary Oliver
Perfect for a Moment
Spring Poetry (Proserpina)
Spring Poetry

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72. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:52 PM GMT on May 18, 2013
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71. Proserpina
2:49 PM GMT on May 18, 2013
Good story Bug! What seems like a good idea to one neighbor, may not be acceptable to another. And for a good reason in this case.

I put out a third suet feeder but plan to bring it in at night! Hopefully this will solve the problem.

Sandi
, I am looking forward to the photos of your new baby. Mini Max, I like it!
By the way, about two summers ago, I saw a rat on our deck. Well, I went into action and called every agency I could think of. One lady told me, after she asked several questions, that the problem was not the bird food but the shells from the bird food. The rats use the shells to build their nests. I now use only shelled seeds, more expensive but problem solved.

Hi Ylee, caught anything else lately? LOL
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70. palmettobug53
2:42 PM GMT on May 18, 2013
LOL.... We had the same thing happen here, years ago.

There was thig big possum hanging around the neighborhood, getting into the garbage and whatnot. Our then neighbor across the street put out his big 'Catch e'm alive' trap.

A few days later, another neighbor asked me if I'd seen one of their cats. He'd been missing since the day before.

Where did they finally find him? Yep, in the trap and highly indignant about it, too!
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69. sandiquiz
6:46 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
I saw you "laughing" on Ylee's blog and wondered why.. now I know!

Laughter heals everything they say... :)

Going to fetch Mini Max today, the breeder put my visit off by a day, as she had a hospital appointment.
So tonight there should be photos:)
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68. Ylee
3:21 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
Good evening, Pros! I couldn't bear myself to get one of those traps; it's the same as torturing them, IMO.

I did have to show off my great "capture" to the family, lol! She wasn't too happy about it, but she was happier after I let her out and fed her! :' )
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67. Proserpina
2:16 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
Ylee, I am having fits of laughter! Your comment is absolutely funny! My husband says that it is a good thing that it is not the kind of trap that kills. LOL
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66. Ylee
2:08 AM GMT on May 18, 2013
Well the trap works; I caught the neighbors' cat! :' )
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65. sandiquiz
11:03 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
I had a similar problem with rats about four years ago... not as big, nor as destructive as your coons. but they were brought into the garden by the bird food!

The council came to trap the rats, and informed me to stop feeding the birds, as it was summer, for at least four weeks, so that any rats not trapped would move away.

This I did, and luckily I haven't seen any since, although I do not put out much food at once. I put out food on each of the three feeders each day, the birds eat it all, hence there is non on the feeders overnight.

The birds won't suffer if you stop feeding them for a week or two, but it might allow the coon to move away into someone else's garden?
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64. Ylee
9:15 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
I see you have coon issues, too! I couldn't sleep last night, and I looked out the kitchen winsow at 2AM to see a fat coon, helping himself to the sunflower seeds the birds had knocked out of rhe feeder! Well, I can't have this guy hang around and lay waste to the garden whn it gets big enough, so he's got to go! I bought a humane trap and baited it, so if I catch it, I can take it away in the back of the truck to a place where no one lives! It sounds good in theory, lol!

Good luck with your bandit!
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63. Proserpina
12:03 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
Hello Bug, Sandi, Whitewabit, Shore, Mass, GG, Briar, Ylee, Aqua,thank you for stopping by and leaving your nice comments.

Briar, that's one beautiful photo. Thank you for your uplifting words.

I have been around but not posting. All is well, except that there is a thief around who comes in the night. Last week the suet feeder disappeared so Monday we went out and bought a delux one and hung it from our 'latticed roof' over part of our deck (designed to hang flower pots, etc). It is a heavy feeder and hard to be lifted off the hook, so we thought. This morning the feeder was gone! I was ready to say that someone is playing a prank on us when my husband noticed that one of the heavy boards at the top of the structure is hanging on one side! We concluded that a raccoon is visiting us and taking the suet feeders. Too bad, the birds really loved the new feeder in the new location.

I hope that you are all well and enjoying your day/evening.
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62. palmettobug53
4:53 PM GMT on May 16, 2013
Hi, Pros!

Bye, Pros!

My lunchtime went by too fast!
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61. sandiquiz
11:50 AM GMT on May 16, 2013
Morning Pros ....

A very Happy Birthday to your sister, Irene:)

And a great day to you, too:)
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60. Proserpina
11:48 AM GMT on May 16, 2013
Today is my sister's birthday:

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59. Ylee
8:51 PM GMT on May 15, 2013
Hi, Pros! Maybe, maybe, maybe tomorrow I'll get my garden done! Rains and cold weather has set me back a few weeks, already!

My wife picked out a rose tree for Mother's Day; it's high maintenance, I hear, but we're going to give it a whirl!

Hope you and Raindad are out enjoying the sunshine!
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58. sandiquiz
9:26 AM GMT on May 14, 2013
Morning to you :)
Hope all is well this morning.
Waiting on the rain to arrive - forecast is for up to 6 inches of rain due to fall!
Oh, heavens... webbed feet on the horizon!
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57. whitewabit (Mod)
3:12 AM GMT on May 14, 2013
glad things got straightened out ..
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56. palmettobug53
1:47 AM GMT on May 14, 2013
I've had that happen to me before, too, Pros. I panicked and then thought to log out and back on. Problem solved. Whew!
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55. shoreacres
11:31 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
Ah, good. You got it fixed. That happened to me the last time I renewed, too. After I signed out and back in, all was well.

I'm in the middle of supper and a quick browse. I'll be back in a bit to show you a picture of what Godot did this year!
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54. Proserpina
11:29 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
Sandi, I wish I had the energy not to be good! LOL!
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53. sandiquiz
11:25 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
Quoting Proserpina:
Ok, problem solved. I signed out and then signed back in! Miracle! The ads disappeared.

Wonderful. Now I can go to sleep and stop worrying :-)
Be good!
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52. Proserpina
11:22 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
Ok, problem solved. I signed out and then signed back in! Miracle! The ads disappeared.
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51. Proserpina
10:58 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
Sandi, it expired last week and I renewed four days ago!
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50. sandiquiz
9:32 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
Hi Pros,

Click on the word 'settings' at the top right hand side of the top bar, next to the mail.

When the page opens, on the right it will give you your membership. Check to see if it ran out today :-)

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49. Proserpina
9:08 PM GMT on May 13, 2013
HELP!

I am a paid member of Wunderground yet I am getting all sorts of ads. I have sent three emails and have not received an answer.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Any suggestions on how to stop these ads?

WUNDERGROUND, are you monitoring this blog? Why has the problem not been fixed?
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48. sandiquiz
10:57 AM GMT on May 13, 2013
Happy Monday ... hope you had a pleasant day yesterday :)

I have been rushing around this morning, trying to get the grass cut before it rains today. I procrastinated yesterday and by the time I was ready to get out the lawnmower the rain was tumbling down! This morning I brushed the grass first, something my dad always did to help it dry quicker, then pottered with this and that..... and a few minutes ago I put away the grass-cutting equipment. Job done, now it is time for a well deserved lunch!

Many Congratulations to your sister:)
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47. palmettobug53
7:23 PM GMT on May 12, 2013
Pros, that's wonderful! My congratulations to your sister on a great accomplishment.
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46. Proserpina
7:00 PM GMT on May 12, 2013
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Today my 'little' sister (she was born when I was 18) will be receiving the degree of Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. SUMMA CUM LAUDE of course! Congratulations little sister on your perseverance, hard work, and reaching your dream.
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45. palmettobug53
2:35 PM GMT on May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day, Pros.

WOW... had no idea I'd not stopped by all week.

I see congratulations are in order. You had a winning photo!

How lovely and thoughtful Aqua and Rain were to send you not one, but two, arrangements! The flowers are gorgeous. I'm guessing that the fruit arrangement tasted wonderful.

That is a beautiful tablecloth. I agree with Aqua: don't ever get rid of it.
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44. masshysteria
1:51 PM GMT on May 12, 2013
Good Morning and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, (((Pros))) ~

Happy to see pics of one of the lovely Mothers Day gifts you received, along with posted sentiments below, by cherished loved ones! Ah, nothing better than an edible fruit arrangement from Florida! Can't say that I know who sent you the beautiful bouquet of regular flowers but they sure look lovely set atop your gorgeous tablecover!

Glad you're currently having decent weather where you are, as we're dodging a few rainstorms before it finally clears up later this afternoon. Hubby and I shall then be going out to visit his mother (and father) with a Mothers Day cake and card in hand.

MAY YOU HAVE A TERRIFIC MOTHERS DAY!!!

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43. GardenGrrl
9:39 AM GMT on May 12, 2013
Hi Prose, Happy Mothers Days!
You keep bringing beauty into the world with your art and kind words so today celebrate all you have given, don't be shy.
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42. sandiquiz
8:29 AM GMT on May 12, 2013
Dearest Pros.... Briar took the words out of my mouth - I reiterate all she said....
(And she said it much better than I did in my mail - :))

Wishing you a wonderful Mothers' day, a day to reflect on all the positive times:)

Made for you :)

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41. BriarCraft
12:13 AM GMT on May 12, 2013
Quoting Proserpina:
Aqua, you and Rain sent another gift? You are amazing, totally amazing! Thank you so much!
I have to confess that I spent half of the night thinking and crying my heart out because I do not feel that I was a great mother. I tried my best but I did make some mistakes, my heart breaks thinking of how things should have been different.... God heard my pain and there were the flowers this morning to plug a little bit of the hole that is constant in my heart. Bless you both. I love you both for who and what you are.


You are a sweet woman with a heart of gold, but you set unreasonable standards for yourself. Even I can tell that from 3000 miles away. What you are is human. If you had been a "perfect" mother, your children would not be worth knowing. Perfect is not human, not real, not touchable. One must lead by example, making human mistakes and teaching how to overcome them. I have a hunch you did just that, else Aqua wouldn't still be happily married to Rain. Dry the tears and smile, Pros. I just know you've got a warm and beautiful one.
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40. BriarCraft
12:05 AM GMT on May 12, 2013
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39. Proserpina
8:21 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOMS AND ALL MOMS AT HEART!
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38. aquak9
2:07 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
I see some cabbage roses, I see irises.

It's a beautiful tablecloth, mom. Please don't ever get rid of it.
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37. Proserpina
1:38 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
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For Aqua
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36. aquak9
1:36 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
I do not feel that I was a great mother. None of us are "great mothers", no matter what the media says about people in the front of magazines. But you HAD to be good, look at what two great sons you have? and I have NEVER had anyone treat me as good as your son, EVER.

the hole that is constant in my heart.
I wish you could see how your son and I get along. Like ten-year-olds in a playground! It would not be that way if you had not taught him to love life and accept people WITH their flaws.

I know words won't fix it, but I think you know what I am trying to say.

The lilies should continue to open up, they will be really pretty.
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35. Proserpina
1:26 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
Aqua, you and Rain sent another gift? You are amazing, totally amazing! Thank you so much!
I have to confess that I spent half of the night thinking and crying my heart out because I do not feel that I was a great mother. I tried my best but I did make some mistakes, my heart breaks thinking of how things should have been different.... God heard my pain and there were the flowers this morning to plug a little bit of the hole that is constant in my heart. Bless you both. I love you both for who and what you are.
The tablecloth is worn down after years of washing. It is my 'spring' tablecloth, flowery and sunny. Nothing fancy, just a wash and wear fabric but I love it. Yes, I will try to take a photo.
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34. aquak9
1:17 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
we didn't put a name on the flowers, either?

SORRY!! glad they are so pretty, but don't let Raindad eat any of them.

- ps- can you please get a closer-up picture of the tablecloth? I think it's beautiful, I'd like to see it better.
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33. Proserpina
1:01 PM GMT on May 11, 2013
Good morning.

Robin, you are so sweet and I love you! Mom.

SOS

Day before yesterday I received a gorgeous fruit arrangement (half of which has been devoured by me and my husband)but there was no name as to who sent it. After a little ado, I found out who sent it. Yes, my Florida son and his lovely wife.

This morning my husband found a lovely vase of flowers sitting in front of our front door. Yes, you got it, no name as to who sent it! Anyone out there want to let me know? Here are a couple of photos:

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32. aquak9
4:04 PM GMT on May 10, 2013
I didn't even realize that today was a Friday.

If you had been my mother, I could not have married your son. But God decided to fix that- so I married your son, and you ended up being my mother, too!

Thank you, thank you.
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31. masshysteria
3:33 PM GMT on May 10, 2013
Good Mornin' (((Pros))) ~

I'm chagrined to post this, but it's taken me this long to finally read your blogheader about Salvatore Quasimodo and realize that I've never been very familiar with either him or his works. In the past, the only times I've heard his name being mentioned or referenced were when comedians, such as Albert Brooks or Woody Allen, spoke of him in relationship to a very depressed character in one of their movies. Now that I've read his two posted poems, above, do I fully understand what they meant.

Hopefully, Quasimodo's poems give fans the same sort of comfort, solace or uplift, as an old Blues singer does when singing about all the harsh woes or tragedies in his life. In other words, there's strength in numbers (one is not alone), lessons to be learned from one's strife and a resulting uplift from feeling that someone, other than yourself, has felt and/or previously experienced your pain and suffering. Personally, I've found that more positive or comedic tomes have helped to get me through those really rough patches, but everyone's different and should go with whatever gives them the strength to endure and/or overcome.

Hope you, too, soon find the relief and comfort you need, via doctors, loved ones, close friends and may your Mothers Day Weekend bring nothing but pleasant surprises! (((BIG WARM HEALING HUGS!!)))
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30. Proserpina
1:23 PM GMT on May 10, 2013
Dear Ylee, you are a very observant man! And smart. There must be a theme in my mind and heart and sometimes even I do not recognize it at times. I chose this stanza of the poem because I like it, I did think of the fragility of Peony, and certainly of the brief span of time that beauty/life/... exists for one being (flora, fauna, or human). And yet, I did not tie the two poems together! Until now via your keen eye and heart. Kudos to you.

Hi Sandi (also dear to me), our weather system just refuses to understand that it is Spring here and where you are as well! We did have storms yesterday but we did not see them! We were inside and apparently there was just rain where we were. However as we drove home the weather was somewhat rainy and the roads were wet indicating previous heavy rain. In the news they mentioned about the heavy storms and huge hail, but where? I do not know.
The trip was over four hours altogether and when we got home we were both exhausted. I will email you sometime today.

Mass, the Claritin company is doing well by me this Spring. Yes, the pollens are high and concentrated. The recent rain did not alleviate the pollen count, so it seems. But we can live with allergies, uncomfortably but passable.
As to the weather threats, please read the blurb for Sandi above. It is nice to be oblivious so some things at time, right?
I hope you have Mother's Day events planned. Here there are no plans and it will be another day as far as activities. Hubby will give me the yearly card and now and then flowers. However, yesterday I received (found waiting for me when we got home from our excursion)a gorgeous and tempting fruit arrangement with a lovely note. However there was no name on the card, I have no idea who sent it! Although I suspect it was one of my fantastic sons and his equally fantastic wife. I'll find out today for sure. So, yes there is acknowledgement of mothers day but no 'big plans'.

Virtual hugs to everyone. Have a wonderful Friday and gift a stranger with a smile!
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29. Ylee
2:50 AM GMT on May 10, 2013
The Mary Oliver poem you posted with your peonies ties in with Quasimoto's poem at the top, doesn't it? Another nice photo!

My clematis is blooming! Yipee!
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28. sandiquiz
3:10 PM GMT on May 09, 2013
Just checking in to say Hi, and to hope you didn't get too much T&L... we have a wet and windy day.. April showers with October winds! lol
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27. masshysteria
2:18 PM GMT on May 09, 2013
Good Morning, (((Pros))) ~

Sorry that you and Raindad got caught up in yesterday afternoon's heavy rainstorm and are expecting severe t'storms later today! We were a bit luckier, as the rains and thunder didn't reach us until last night. Can't say that I mind today's cooler rainy weather, as yesterday's high pollen count had me hacking and watering my own eyes while I was out and about on errands. It finally made me break down and buy some over the counter allergy meds so to get through the day.

May you and yours remain safe from any of today's potential weather threats! I'm not a fan of t'storms either and was grateful that last night's storm brought mostly rain, no seen lightning and only a few distant rumblings.

Fingers crossed that any planned Mother's Day events don't include weather threats! Mom's deserve at least one honored day filled with sunshine and loved ones!!

Glad that you, too, enjoyed the earlier posted showtune from one of my all time favorite musicals, "Camelot". It conjures up such happy childhood memories for me!
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26. Proserpina
10:39 PM GMT on May 08, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:52:30 PM



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25. Proserpina
2:20 AM GMT on May 08, 2013
It's been raining all day, at times heavily. I am getting ready for bed and a thunderstorm just started its noisy activities! I am not ready for spring-summer thunderstorms!
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24. Proserpina
9:56 PM GMT on May 07, 2013
Hey Ylee, you actually read the poem, thank you. You are right of course.

Yes, we have the rain and it won't go away. It will rain for the next several days according to the weather forecasters. We went out grocery shopping today and both my husband and I got drenched. Yes I had an umbrella but it did not seem to help much.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful evening.
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23. Ylee
8:38 PM GMT on May 07, 2013
Pros, the thing about the evening is that when it is at its' darkest, there always will be the Light.

I see that it's your turn to get the rain! I hope that it's not too much, and your flowers will enjoy it!
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22. Proserpina
4:14 PM GMT on May 06, 2013
Hi guys, I am here and thank you for your concern/posts.
All is well, ...

Thank you Sandi. That photo turned out to be quite an unusual and likable photo. I sure had a serendipitous moment with nature. For those who are wondering which photo, it is the photo here on the header titled "Kissed By Sunbeams".

Shore
, Quasimodo is from the area of Valley of the Temples (Greek Temples), a beautiful and historically rich area of Sicily. He decried the senseless wars that beset mankind (especially WWII, which he and I experienced); he appreciated the beauty and history rich land of Sicily; knowledgeable in languages and classical literature; a translator, a writer, an appreciator of his roots, a modern man with his heart in the past, ...
I did check out the Bonarrigo family of Messina, an interesting family who goes back to centuries ago,... Frankly I had never heard this name until you pointed it out. I will do a little more research when I can just for my own curiosity.
I have not listened to the video yet but I will, I need to catchup with things.
Your yearly china adventures sound interesting. How lucky that you have those beautiful antiques to enjoy, share, sell,...

Hi Bug, I have left a message or two on your blog. I do like your new blog, it is fun.

Hi Mass
, glad that you and hubby are doing ok. Thank you for your lovely Cinco De Mayo graphic. Of course when I worked we celebrated the day as it was culturally relevant to my classes. The students liked any excuse to have a 'party'!
By the way, I still love 'The Lusty Month of May' from Camelot. A memorable song and film.

GG
, thank you, and thank you for the suggestion. I may take you up on it.

Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment. You all have a wonderful day and may life smile on you.
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