Sunday, July 15, 2018

the vague, slight unremarkable contents of emptying ashtrays


Elizabeth Bishop

This is a day when truths will out, perhaps;
leak from the dangling telephone earphones
sapping the festooned switchboards’ strength;
fall from the windows, blow from off the sills,
—the vague, slight unremarkable contents
of emptying ash-trays; rub off on our fingers
like ink from the un-proof-read newspapers,
crocking the way the unfocused photographs
of crooked faces do that soil our coats,
our tropical-weight coats, like slapped-at moths.
Today’s a day when those who work
are idling. Those who played must work
and hurry, too, to get it done,
with little dignity or none.
The newspapers are sold; the kiosk shutters
crash down. But anyway, in the night
the headlines wrote themselves, see, on the streets
and sidewalks everywhere; a sediment’s splashed
even to the first floors of apartment houses.
This is a day that’s beautiful as well,
and warm and clear. At seven o’clock I saw
the dogs being walked along the famous beach
as usual, in a shiny gray-green dawn,
leaving their paw prints draining in the wet.
The line of breakers was steady and the pinkish,
segmented rainbow steadily hung above it.
At eight two little boys were flying kites.


  1. Frankenfeinstein is a mass murdering monster dripping in blood money along with her hubby wubby. Having said that from what I've seen is that the system changes people and not the other way around so if Feinstein bites the dust as she truly deserves I wouldn't expect much to change if anything. I hope I'm wrong about that.

  2. “It shows that California Democrats expect our legislators to stand up for progressive values on issues from climate change to immigration to judicial nominees,” said David Atkins, a writer and regional director for Santa Barbara County. “We know that de León will do the right thing and be a leader on the issues that matter to Californians.”

    Typical "progressive" asshole, he presses all the right buttons and holds up all the symbols phony baloney liberals love but no mention of the wars Democrats love so much.

    So call me cynical, which is a terrible thing I know.

  3. How Ocasio-Cortez has suddenly started to sound like a mainstream Democratic candidate on Israel:

    Does not she sound like Bush or Obama or Hillary?

    The system at work!