Thanks to those who commented on the poem – it’s still a work in progress, but I’m going to submit it.
I’ve also recently decided to write a poem every Sunday (every Sabbath) in the tradition of Wendell Berry, thanks to a suggestion by Denice Bezoplenko (I had been wondering why most of his poems had “Sabbath” in their title…).
I’ve been learning about the more “positive” side of Sabbath-keeping, that is, focusing on it as a day of celebration and rest instead of just a day to stop working.
I think that practicing being creative will be a wonderful Sabbath practice for me, especially if I can combine it with walking and being observant.
I may use some of the ideas I come up with in my Sabbath poems to expand and edit more thoroughly during the week, and submit them as my final project in my Christian Imagination class.
I’ll see how it goes.
Life this week… I haven’t felt very productive.I’ve been sick to my stomach for half of the week, and it’s persisting today.I don’t really know what the issue is.The first day, I thought it had something to do with the previous day’s meals of McDonalds for lunch and double chocolate muffin mix pancakes for supper.However I don’t think the effects of those poor dietary choices would last 4 days.Also, I stayed up all night on Friday, praying for the world.Regent has an annual Pray for the World All-Nighter.It was excellent, but I don’t think it helped my health to disrupt my sleep patterns to that extent.This morning at church I was feeling quite impatient and short-tempered.Not very Christianly of me.
As for the work situation, the typist-for-Jewish-string-theorist thing really didn’t work out…funny story.I called him, and he wanted to meet at The Bay, at Customer Service.Hmm.Assuming his office must be located above the Bay, I met him there.He was an old man wearing a dirty suit and an alligator-skin cowboy hat.I soon discovered that he was not Prof. E. Rabinovici, string theorist, but Prof. M. Rabinovici, former business professor, just how “former” I don’t know.He took me to a seedy internet café so I could show him my skills by using Microsoft Word to try to exactly reproduce text fonts and layouts from cover pages from his books (no clue what this accomplished).He was basically one of the most rude and racist people I’ve met, ordering me around and smirking at me.Needless to say, I declined the job and hoped never to see him again.I have since applied at the coffee shop and a temp agency, and I have yet to hear anything.But it’s good, I see God working through it all.He’s giving me humility and the grace to accept when people want to help me.My landlords heard about my trouble, and very graciously gave me back my damage deposit until I can find a job.And people have been treating me to meals and inviting me over… it’s a good learning experience, being on the receiving end of grace and generosity.
So I’m learning the morse code.Yes, that’s right, the morse code.Why, you ask?To communicate with my roommates, who are also learning it, of course!At any given moment, you can hear beeping dits and dahs coming from our laptops.We’ve become rather obsessed with the TV show Alias, I’m afraid.We have watched two wonderful seasons of it together on DVD.(Oh, you crafty DVD box sets!How you lure us in!How easy it is to watch two, three, four episodes…no commercials…it’s only 40 minutes long…)This inundation of spy and CIA material has led us to believe that the morse code may one day come in handy.For example, if a bunch of spies infiltrate our basement suite, we will simply tap the morse code on the walls of each other’s bedrooms to warn one another.Or if one of us is in jail and the rest of us visit but we’re being videotaped and we can’t say anything that will give our secret jailbreak plans away, we will engage in small talk while tapping our real message in morse code on our arms, like Sydney Bristow.Brilliant.I’m up to 8 letters.(It’s actually really fun, and I think it’s improving my concentration skills!Watch me concentrate now.)
Well, Kate tagged me and now I have to write six weird things about me (man, I wished I’d saved the morse code thing…).
Here are the rules:
Each player of this game starts with the 'six weird things about me' blog post. People who get tagged need to write their own six weird things post and state the rules clearly. At the end of the post, tag six more people and don’t forget to leave a comment on their blog to tell them they have been tagged and tell them to read your blog.
- I really like this picture I took, even though it's of a dead seagull. I'm not sure why. It makes me think existential thoughts and reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, or some other great tragedy. Now that's weird.
Ok.I tag Christine, Rachel, Tall Jordan, Rochelle, Evan and Andrea.Go to it!