She calls and calls each vagabond by name

October 5, 2007

There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

– “A Vagabond Song,” by Bliss Carman, courtesy of Bartleby.com

“Resume activities as tolerated” is the verdict from the orthopedist. Unfortunately, I still can’t tolerate a whole lot. He did mention that bones take upwards of 6 weeks to heal, so it should come as no real surprise that I still can’t do a push-up without collapsing to my right and howling like a twit. Nevertheless, I’m going to pick up a replacement helmet today, make a test ride to check the bike and then attempt 25 miles a brief ride tomorrow. We’ll see.

Ezmerelda has been diving into her baking book and friends, there is a cornucopia of baked goods planned for the next few days. Look upon our cooling racks, ye mighty, and despair. If the weather holds up this weekend, we’ll head out to a local festival and maybe the local botanical garden/arboretum, which is having a ‘free admission’ weekend.

Books in progress: Mansfield Park (me), The Most of P.G. Wodehouse (her), HP5 (bluebell), Journey to the Center of the Earth (everyone), Uncle Wiggly Stories (daisy and tulip).

Movies on tap: Emma (the BBC miniseries) and The Protector (Tony Jaa! woot!). I don’t expect much in the way of a plot from The Protector, but any excuse to see Tony Jaa clear a room is a good one. How much of a plot do you need, anyway? A gang of thieves from __________, come to a rural village and steal the sacred _________. Jaa must travel to the city of __________ and reclaim the treasure. Muay Thai, retribution to follow.

I would write more but apparently the managers are cooking lunch for the employees and I’ve been drafted into grill duty.

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One Response to “She calls and calls each vagabond by name”

  1. josephmcbee Says:

    Love the poem, especially since I am a vagabond at heart.


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