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Re: A viking funeral

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judy prince <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc provides a venue for a dialogue relating to poetry and poetics <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 30 Sep 2005 13:04:34 -0400

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G'afternoon, Roger,

How are your studies coming, by the way?

I can't remember many films, and that includes Beau Geste, tho I know I've seen it.  My tendency is to take in all the beauties of landscape, faces, forms and costumes . . . and entirely miss a film's story and conversations (odd for a playwright, no?)  Also, Gary Cooper, despite his real-life dapper dressing, never caught my attention.  But since you see some relevance in the film, I'll Netflix it.

You sailed Norfolk sound?!!!  (tell me what "sound" means, Roger; I've Zero Knowledge of ship, sailing, or sea jargon).  In what capacity did you sail, for whom, and on what kind of ship?

You've brought forward for me quite a love-fear topic.  The most beautiful day of my life (aside from giving birth to my son) was in Norfolk in a small craft, in Chesapeake Bay.  I was fortunate to have a retired merchant mariner first mate as an explainer-companion who told me everything about what I was seeing.  I was continuously thrilled with the sights of the ships so varied and stunning.  We hailed a water taxi alongside our craft, and the taxier told us that he ferries folks from downtown Norfolk, usually, to Portsmouth.  

After that trip, I became obsessed with having a boat---and very nearly bought one, until I forced m'sel' to listen to every single expert I could find----all of whom said DO NOT BUY THAT BOAT!  The most telling of them was my insurer who asked what year the boat had been built.  I said 1960, and he referred me to the yellow pages (phone book) for another insurer.  

Next, I determined that to get on the water I would take sailing lessons, but my fear of being that vulnerable to the ocean overtook me, so I didn't follow thru with the lessons.  But I STILL wanna get on the water (no, not swimming in it).  Any suggestions?  Advice?  Do other people have such a strange caught feeling about oceans and sailing vessels?

And now to my Rhinemaiden persona:  I have none.  I always do what Patrick McManus wants me to do, and he wants me to mermaidly send him off on his Viking ship.  I have suggested that I will accompany him and VB on his voyage, but will await his wishes about it.  So it's mermaid attire, not pigtails and breastplates I'll be wearing.

Cheers,

Judy







----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Day" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: A viking funeral


I always liked Gary Cooper's Beau Geste.

I've sailed the Norfolk sound in fog and those carriers gave me the
heebie-jeebies. Big bastards the lot of them. Not too careful where
they plough either.

Maybe you could go down with Patrick and VB (which I tend to translate
as Visual Basic, no insult intended, although it should be called Vile
Basic) as a Rhinemaiden...do you have golden locks? pigtails? A large
shield? Big lungs?

Roger
On 9/29/05, judy prince <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My dearest sweet P Viking P---and of course B caulking B (would that be VB
> or someone you've not told us about?):
>
> How O how did you know that my hometown of Norfolk VA US of A sports
> artistically decorous mermaid sculptures at Important Crossroads throughout
> the fair city.  Hence and evermore, I am Way Aware of how to dress m'sel' as
> a mermaid-in-waiting at Viking (and caulking as well) sailings.
>
> Thus, please know that if your last snapshot is of me in my mermaid attire,
> then it will be a most worthy, memorable memorial.  Will we pose together
> for the snapshot, then?  You can be inscribing your loving words with a
> stylus upon clay, and I will be . . . . . well, let's save that surprise for
> much later, shall we?
>
> Further, we have ships in Norfolk (the largest military naval base in the
> world) that rival small cities.  One cannot look upon one of these carriers
> without feeling that it has emerged all of a moment from one's otherworldly
> dreams.  Its immensity, in short, would rival yours (in talent and loving
> compassion, of course).  I will put in a good word with the Admiral of the
> fleet, if you just say the word, O Maximum P.
>
> Omni-not-so-Po,
>
> Judy
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Patrick McManus" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 1:43 PM
> Subject: Re: A viking funeral
>
>
> > Look you clinker man--I and Boris are not going in our last great trip
> > going
> > to sail in a Viking boat across a desert the shipping lanes will have to
> > take their chances or we might take an oil tanker two with us -it is our
> > funeral after all!
> > Omnimermaid might wave us off for a bit??
> > Would be my last snapshot though:-(
> > P Viking P
> > B caulking B
> >
>


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