The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.
Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth
Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”
dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.
Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023
Photo: dievca 6:45 am 12/2022
Photo: dievca – Chelsea NYC 12/2022
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
Photo by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Tribune
Bike to work, bike home.
Bike to PT, bike home.
All while navigating the Rain and the Wind….
Perhaps a little Tenderizing, too!
Aftercare of your Bird will allow it to cook evenly!
Photo by Thomas Buchta
dievca is on the MOVE this morning – are you?
dievca was picking up a few items online from her favorite charity in NYC. They run a yearly “Fashion for Action” fundraiser and various designers donate items for the BIG EVENT and the online sales portion.
One of the local NYC designers (Cartography.nyc) offered t-shirts with photographs on them – dievca picked up the “Hotel Chelsea” version. Mind you she didn’t look at all the photos listed before buying the T-shirt:
The surprise was on the inside collar – dievca just started to laugh:
The Moon was rising over Manhattan when dievca set out to the show and the Gala:
she opted to wear:
dievca doesn’t know if the COVID epidemic caused her to go back to her Generation X roots of being a “loner”, perimenopause is causing her to get tired/irritated or starting work at 6 am put her over the edge by 10:00 pm – after 3 hours she wanted out. So, she left after the meal, before the awards, to hike up her skirt and bike her a** home.
Photo: dievca – Moonrise Chelsea NYC 10/2022, dievca’s bike, foot, dress, coat and bag…10/2022
Cue the U2 Song – “Beautiful Day”
Photos: dievca – NYC Harbor Ferry Terminal 10/2022
The Harvest Moon appears this evening. dievca attempted to get a slice of it this morning on Governor’s Island. She still needs a larger lens – but the process of watching the Moon Set in 46 F (7.77C) wearing down slippers, polar fleece pants and a cashmere turtle neck was worth it. We have an amazing planet.
Please don’t forget to shake your wallet at the moon to come into $ this evening. XO
Photo: dievca, NYC Harbor 10/2022
To appreciate a Masterpiece.
Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River Sunset 09/2022
Not super private (in more ways than one), but the view is fun and the water is warm!
Photo: dievca Hudson River, NYC 09/2022
The tide and ships roll in.
Master always says he would never get anything done working in my apartment –
he would be too busy watching the World roll by.
Photo: dievca – Hudson River NYC 08/2022
Is there such a thing as a Weed FroYo Milkshake?
(Photo: dievca – Times Square NYC)
Photos: dievca NYC 08/2022
dievca is off of work, again, on a Saturday.
Maybe she’ll wear lipstick for her workouts.
dievca is off of the electric scooter (borrowed from a friend),
back on to her bike (hills are tough),
walking upstairs (not down),
and moving more freely.
Not quite – unless its in her water aerobics class.
How are you doing?
Photo: dievca, Sunset in NYC 07/2022
― L. Frank Baum, The Emerald City of Oz
Is that OZ in the distance?
No. New Jersey.
When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day …
Shakespeare (or Robert Armin) from Twelfth Night
(Photos: dievca NYC 07/2022)
It Wednesday – Life is hectic, dievca is offering a moment of Peace with a photo from the Portuguese EcoFarm. she was focusing on the waterlily and ended up with three adorable frogs.
Photo: dievca Portugal 06/2022
As dievca made her way to the composting area along the Hudson River there was a double blossom rosebush that gave off the most delightful of smells:
The composting guy has a passion for what he does and he explained the various plants grown by the volunteers to the Hudson Riverway Park. In return, dievca was able to share the breakdown of corn starch packing materials via composting –> Carbon Dioxide and Water…
Photo: dievca – Hudson River Greenway 06/2022
Getting to Times Square is a trick when you can’t ride your bike because of the thunderstorms.
Getting a cab is a trick when it’s raining and your PT session is at 7 pm in Times Square.
dievca was opting for a canoe.
Photo: Myrna Loy rows a canoe down a flooded street, circa 1925 Hulton Archive -Getty Images
Photo: dievca, Hudson River sunset 05/2015
Sometimes it is a reach to collect yourself for the day,
dievca was having a little bit of trouble today.
“We roamed the fields and river sides,
When we are young and gay;
We chased the bees and plucked the flowers,
In the merry, merry month of May.”
Photo: dievca - Crabapple Blossoms NYC 05/2019
dievca spent 1.5 hours in the James A. Farley Main Post Office NYC standing in line for customs forms, filling them out, and paying for the shipments. At least the scenery was lovely – the renovations are complete:
Photos: dievca – James A. Farley Post Office NYC 04/2022
Full Moon rising over NYC 02/15/2022 – it will hit its peak at 11:57 EST.
Shake your wallet.
Photo: dievca - Full Moon Chelsea NYC 02/2022