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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Funambulist

 As a tightrope walker I have valued balance
As a dancer regards glissade, or cellist choosing
Unfretted notes as mountains range in parade. 
Equilibrium is all we ever had, balance in grace.
A song of freedom keeps us from going mad.
In this place, a bell of liberty tolls inside us,
In balance, seasons, summer to autumn sussurus,
The whole beautiful orbit and year around yet,
Beyond our balancing souls, makes no sound.

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    1. Kind Victor, blessing appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the performance.

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  2. Wonderful performance of the cellist!
    Equilibrium and balance are great gifts for both the body and soul, and we value and cherish them.

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    1. Dear Duta, my father was a self-taught cellist. My eldest sister, an accomplished violinist. When they played their instruments together, I was transported far beyond our little house into the heart of the universe.

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  3. A gentle (but nonetheless powerful) truth. Thank you.

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    1. Most kind, EC. Sometimes a cello solo has that effect.

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    1. Dear Emma, I too have always admired this song, but hearing this fellow render its tune among mountains truly moved me.

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  5. Had a spontaneous dance yesterday, sending happy sparks out into the world to do good, like your words do xx

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    1. Dear Cat, my respects and appreciation.

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    2. A lot to ponder. I need to add sussurus to my vocabulary. I find peace in the sussurus of grass swaying in the wind...

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    3. Dear Jeff, Glad you like "sussurus". I do too. It's one of the minority of onomatopoeia words that are neither exclamatory nor boneless enough to leave a mucous trail.

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    1. Thanks Bruce. I'm trying to climb back into myself after some months of feeling lousy all the time. Beautiful is what I'm after.

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  8. Thank you, Geo., for your kind and wise words! I wish you and Norma a good and balanced 2021 - which includes of course that the world has to become balanced too...
    And thank you for giving me an utterly new word as a New Year's present: I never had seen the beautiful word "susurrus" - l looked it up, took it in, ponder on its beauty. Thank you!

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    1. Dear Britta, most kind. We too hope for balance to return here in the U.S. and good health to all the world.
      As to "susurrus:" When I was little, I lived on a small Portuguese farming settlement along the Sacramento River. The word, sussurro --which doubtless shares roots with "susurrus"-- meant whisper.  The German word, flüstern, I learned later in high school German classes and also liked very much. Whispering has always suggested closeness and intimacy to me, and to have that expand onto the sound of wind on grass and fallen leaves is a gift of nature.

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  9. Thank you Geo for a calming moment in what, so far, has been a turbulent New Year. We can all hope for equilibrium and balance in future months.

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    1. Dear Beatrice, yes we can all hope --and hopefully act in politeness and courtesy to those who lack hope. It takes a heap of social energy to conserve the sanity of others. Let's do that, gently.

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  10. Happy New Year, my friend! Perhaps I should say, "Happier New Year, from this point on!" Thank you for the lovely, soothing music. It was just what my tired brain needs after these past tumultuous couple of months. I'm glad that you and Norma are getting through all this safely. You wrote in your last post, "I don't know what to do with this post; don't know what to title it." I understand the feeling. Last week I published a post called "Something," as in "I promised myself that I would post something today, anything." I'm trying to pull the pieces of my life together, and yet I'm safely, comfortably home just fine, and I shouldn't feel unraveled. LOL! I knew "susurrus," but not "funambulist." Seriously, have you done tightrope walking? You've fooled me a few times in the past, Professor! Wishing you and Norma equilibrium and balance as we all move forward ~ and may you both get vaccinated very soon! OMG - stay safe!

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    1. Thanks Louise! I fear your reference to my previous post sent my time machine back to one of yours, "On Reading and Rehab", where I left a comment. It's late and I got confused. As to your question,"Seriously, have you done tightrope walking?"; yes and at 71 yrs.old, am ALL done with it. I depend on Norma's shudders to go get vaccinations but we're still waiting here. You stay safe too. You're important to me.

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