Monday, January 01, 2007

Thoreau on Being 'Unschooled"

These balloonists didn't crash land, but we held our breath as they struggled to stay aloft just off my kid-sis's deck in Colorado Springs. Amateurs I guessed , but they managed to gain altitude and floated gracefully away.

Patrice and I had a brief blog exchange about our attempts at poetry and shared that we are both rather unschooled in the art of poetry writing. Minutes later I checked in on The Blog of Henry David Thoreau and found this which made me smile:

Thoreau's Journal: 02-Jan-1859

Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb’s bleat. The grammarian is often one who can neither cry nor laugh, yet thinks that he can express human emotions. So the posture-masters tell you how you shall walk,—turning your toes out, perhaps, excessively,—but so the beautiful walkers are not made.


Laurie said...

That is an amazing picture. I've always been fascinated by hot air balloons. Thanks for sharing!

Bonita said...

Hmmmmmmm. Imagine, had someone been having a cuppa'tea right by that window. Then, company dropped .... down. I do see a bit of a chuckle there.

bev said...

For a few years, there were a lot of hot air balloons around here, but we see them less frequently now. We've seen more than a couple hit the treetops as they struggle to get back up into the air after dropping too low. A few years ago, one of the balloons tried to launch in our neighbour's field on a very windy day. They ended up setting part of the balloon on fire -- it just went whoosh and disappeared in a flame (it was that section they use to contain the heat from the flame while filling the balloon). After seeing how instantaneously that happened, I now have absolutely no desire to go up in a balloon. (-:

Cathy said...

Laurie - Yep, pretty amazing what people will do for kicks - read Bev's comment above.

Bonita - Yes, by all means drop 'in' for tea, 'down' - don't bother. Subtle directional shift - huge effect:0)

Bev - I have a few great failings - one of them is to 'try' to maintain a sense of control. 'Control' doesn't seem to be a huge concern for balloonists as in the phrase "wherever the wind blows me". Add a big hot flame - No thanks :0)