Friday, March 21, 2014


Holiest Day of Egoslavia. Happy Birthday, Sweetie.

Also too, a birthday card from the first human not me or Earthgirl or a nurse or a doctor to hold Planet.

Oh, below the song, have three dozen of my favorite three Planet photos of Fleabus:


Richard Wilbur

In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing
From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:
I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,
As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.
A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,
And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor
Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling
Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;
How we stole in, lifted a sash

And retreated, not to affright it;
And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,
We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature
Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove
To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,
For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits
Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window
And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling,
Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish
What I wished you before, but harder.



  2. I love the pic where it looks like Fbus just shat a string of pearls. Because it's totes plausible.

    I said my piece over at my place, but happy birthday here, too, kid. Nice work, dogma-N and Egirl.

  3. As Uncle Weird's sometime sidekick, all I can say is choose your drinks wisely. Happy Birthday Planet!!

  4. i like the cat pictures

    happy birthday and a lucky passage to all born on this day

    and may all potentially sentient creatures be well, happy, and at peace, to the extent practicable

  5. Happy Birthday! Have a great day, Planet.

  6. Sweet shots, Jeff, swell total family that includes us all.

    Among the assembled abandoneds and strays here, we have a pair of all-white blue-eyed siblings who were separated for many years before finding their way in out of the rain and cold to be fed... and reunited. One has been with us eighteen years now, the other, twelve or so.

    Cats are marvelous survivors.

    Humans, I am learning, not so much.

  7. Proudly buy that gal her first legit drink. It's a 21 tradition around the H household.