Tuesday, June 24, 2014

you are marvelous

" matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in the same basic principles."

- Sylvia Plath, at 19, from her journals

Well. That it's possible to be swept up in the muddled ideas and less than perfect conduct of others......and the only proper reaction to that is to seek out those who believe in the same basic principles. To remember the beauty that is life, the sun, the wind, the flowers.

Today is our daughter Chloe's birthday. I suppose a better poet mother would have written her a poem. But I've been looking at birthday themed poems.

I like the line in the poem by Craig Morgan Teicher about the birth of his daughter in which he says, "She reminds me of now / and now and now."

She has certainly taught me many things, especially 'now.' And especially joy.

A poem I'd like her to read:

The Laughing Heart 

by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

You are marvelous. This is what I'll tell her when she wakes up this morning.

And to save you from counting the number of candles - 16. Hard to believe. There will be another cake later today for her and her friends.


  1. Beautiful girl, beautiful cake.....and sweet sixteen. Just lovely.

  2. Happy (belated) birthday to your Chloe! May it be a year of even greater discovery and joy:)

  3. Dear Shawna. This post for your daughter's Birthday is so beautiful. xx

  4. Thank you everyone! She had a lovely day which made me very happy. xo


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