Posted by: gdevi | February 17, 2010

Snowy murk-white, hoary

Apparently now you can watch the entire trans-Siberian train ride on the web. Click on that link. Beautiful scenes. Remember that scene in Doctor Zhivago when Yuri wakes up in the refugee train, looks out from his berth and sees the Urals? Such a beautiful scene! You know Lock Haven has a sister campus in Siberia–I would like to teach there sometime. Here is a good poem by Boris Pasternak–when I was a kid I used to love, I mean love, this poem. I used to read it and look at it for hours. I still like it.

Winter Night

It snowed and snowed ,the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

As during summer midges swarm
To beat their wings against a flame
Out in the yard the snowflakes swarmed
To beat against the window pane

The blizzard sculptured on the glass
Designs of arrows and of whorls.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

Distorted shadows fell
Upon the lighted ceiling:
Shadows of crossed arms,of crossed legs-
Of crossed destiny.

Two tiny shoes fell to the floor
And thudded.
A candle on a nightstand shed wax tears
Upon a dress.

All things vanished within
The snowy murk-white,hoary.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

A corner draft fluttered the flame
And the white fever of temptation
Upswept its angel wings that cast
A cruciform shadow

It snowed hard throughout the month
Of February, and almost constantly
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

And here is a beautiful slide-show of dolphins, Daya’s favorites!

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