Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Time may pass, but some things do not change

Here's a song from 1917:

There are smiles that make us happy
There are smiles that make us blue
There are smiles that steal away the tear drops
As the sunbeams steal away the dew

There are smiles that have a tender meaning
That the eyes of love alone may see
And the smiles that fill my heart with sunshine
Are the smiles that you give to me

(from "Smiles" (1917), lyrics by J. Will Callahan, music by Lee S. Roberts)

Here is a 2017 demonstration of the above by some people I know:

From top to bottom, these photographs were made at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida; and at Orange Beach, Alabama.

Sumer (with apologies to Robert Burns) is no longer icumen in; in fact, it is a-goin' out. Nevertheless, even though Mrs. RWP and I have stayed close to home, we are also smiling.


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    1. I thought you did, but I wasn't sure. At first I read it as snail....

  2. Some excellent smiles to light up your world.

  3. Beautiful smiles, each and every one of them!

    1. Michelle, I think so too! (but I am prejudiced.)

  4. You have much to smile about Bob. You have a happy and healthy extended family. When you have gone I am sure that they will remember you with huge affection. By the way, thanks for your advice about my recent poem. I have now slightly reworked it:-

    A Summer Lament

    She slipped away like an ocean tide
    - Only flotsam remains.
    We feel her passing in our bones
    Recall acrobatic swallows
    And those bleating lambs
    Growing fat upon the sward.
    Green she was in those golden days
    When dusk and dawn conspired
    And gaudy hollyhocks greeted bees
    As swans steered cygnets in flotillas
    And cauliflower clouds lumbered
    Cross the cobalt blue.
    Yes. She has gone.
    Another season slips in
    Like an ocean tide
    Quietly concealing all
    - Till only remembrance remains.

  5. Neil, thank you! I like the reworked version. Cauliflower clouds are much more interesting than the cumulus kind, regardless of the direction they are heading.