Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our Spring to Sponsored Funeral 
A young couple celebrate their spring 
Family and friends meet to mourn a loss in winter 

Our Spring (Shakespearean sonnet) 

So few can boast they lived amid a dream
To touch a hope or drift in heaven’s stars
Enjoy forever is a promised theme
There truly is no spring as rich as ours
Could flowers dance to greet the morning sun
Could moon-glow spark the magic of the night
The scent of music heartbeats have begun
Our spring has moved these secrets to our sight
Though troubles may flow in the winds of chance
And teardrops may visit our face in swarms
As brightness begins to rescind we’ll dance
The promises our spring retrace these arms
Among the few amid a dream I sing
For you my life my love are source of spring 

Spring is the source of glow in this Shakespearean sonnet. One has to turn up the lover within to grasp what the speaker is talking about. Like "... lived amid a dream". Not a ''dream" as in hope, bit "dream" as in fantasy. Notice that "spring" appears in every last line. This was done to tie the sonnet together and to build up to the conclusion. The first line of the rhyming couplet may be a bit confusing unless we go back to the first line of the sonnet. 

This sonnet refers heavily on that young couple who moved in together, in that palace in the sky. Arlene and I were 19 and 20 when we moved in together. Our palace in the sky was a small, one bedroom apartment on upper Market Street in San Francisco. It was located directly bellow one of the peaks of Twin Peaks, splitting the fog and giving us a spectacular view of eastern San Francisco. Our bedroom opened to a giant balcony, on which Arlene and I could take in the unbelievable.  Imagine, all the things a young couple has to learn when they first move in together: like house keeping, bills, fixing food, getting to know the real other person, adjusting and the myriad things like that. Our palace in the sky and Arlene's and my mad teenage love for each other was the honey that coated all of the tribulations. It was truly magic. It was a dream. I really did sing. Remember, I was a singer at the time. But that's another story. 

We all have grand memories. Don't believe me? Take the best thing that happened to you. Without leaving the world of facts, downplay the negatives and up-play the positives.  The same moment becomes better. I learned at an oil company to turn negatives into positives. That oil company made lots of money doing this. We can all live a better life adopting this practice. Look what happened when we downplayed negatives and strengthened positives in a memory. Memories are the stairways to the future. By making strong, positive memories, imagine our future. We are all wonders. And as we explore the positives about us, let us enjoy. 

Are we ready for a great song and for some great dancing to go with that sonnet: 
Sergei Rachmaninov "Spring Waters" 

From a beginning to an end 

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  1. Sometimes we need to acknowledge the negatives - to confirm just how lucky we really are.

    1. But be careful not to let it suck us in. Safer to stay positive
      Thank you for the sunshine you bring

  2. Turning negatives into positives isn't always easy. As EC says negatives have their uses too. Loved the video clip, thanks for sharing.

    1. Your right. It took me almost a year. But it is really fun when someone wants to argue with you.
      Thank you. So nice to hear from you

  3. Accepting and acknowledging those places is what helps one to heal and grow. Great post!

    1. Thank you for your compliment. So glad you enjoyed

  4. I do believe that turning a negative into a positive, while often hard, is one of the keys to happiness in life. I think it is a skill that can be honed and acquired...

    1. Chevron Corporation makes lots of profit by turning turning everything into positives. There are no negatives. Only opportunities.
      Thank you for your comments