Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Blitzen, Cupid, Donner, Vixen and somebody else.
Ask me anything
My second grade teacher liked to ask us,
“How do you feel today, on a scale of one to ten?”
Ten always meant I’m super, thank you
and one was always not today, Mrs. MacAuley, not today.
But I never liked numbers, they would always
twist and rebel against my mind so I chose
to speak in colors instead.
January third - I am the color
of mint chocolate chip ice cream
but I’ve eaten all the chocolate chips.
I am calm.
February seventh - I am a bruise of
blues and violets today. I think it would
be best if I sat by the window.
These are unhappy colors.
April eleventh - I am turquoise, I am magenta,
I am every color in the rainbow.
April thirtieth - I am gray, I am silent.
May first - I am orange, the color of melting
creamsicles on a beach in July.
June twelfth - I am as yellow as the school bus
that will bring me home to summer. I am free.
Twelve years later, I still use colors.
The winter makes me feel cobalt blue, the ocean
turns me a seafoam green. Violets and purples
leave me uneasy and scarlet is a fever of fury.
Some nights I drown in shades of navy, denim,
and cornflower but other nights I meditate in forests of
harlequin and shamrock.
you leave me a blinding white followed by a soft yellow:
the color of sunlight after a period of darkness.
Especially in rain my faith
is with women talking on the other side
of the wall, sometimes low and in sorrow,
sometimes laughing without reason,
a music almost becoming words.
Of course, I’d rather believe
like you in the long green trill
of a bird, or the root mystery
of a dead tree that can blossom
a man, or simply in the facts.
But rain persuades me that nothing
will last but the low voices of women
reciting sorrow inside, hymning
unreasonable joy while they wait for me
to enter and join their secret devotions.
- Leonard Nathan, from Holding Patterns (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982)
- Neil Gaiman, Stardust (via larmoyante)
- Ayn Rand (via writingquotes)
Has anyone else noticed that at the end of episode 1 in season 1, when Mac tries to show Will it was her at North Western but the elevator is already gone, the same music is playing that plays in the background when Will and Mac kiss at the end of episode 9 in season 2?