Sunday, January 27, 2008

Introducing Darcy

Allow me to introduce the new dragon in my life:

His name is Darcy (yes, after Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice) and I fell in love with him after we met at Hobby Lobby. Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted a pet dragon. Particularly a blue one. Ah, a dream realized!

Darcy will be journeying about with me while I'm still in Kalamazoo, and then will be going carry-on to Gyeongju. So get used to seeing his cute sparkly blue face; he'll be posing for quite a few pictures in the future.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"