Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Another Snow Picture

I snapped this picture as I was walking past one of the tombs on my way to school yesterday. That white hill is actually the tomb. Normally the tomb is grass-covered, but the snow made a very pretty change, I thought.

We got a bit more snow in the afternoon yesterday. I was right in the middle of listening to a student read aloud from the spell-binding ESL classic "Big Pig's Hip", when my other students began shouting "Teacher, Teacher, look!" I looked up, and saw ginormous snowflakes whizzing down to the ground. It looked almost like a blizzard for a few minutes! By the time I went home (around 8:00 PM), most of the snow had melted, and there is very little of it remaining today. It's so sunny out now that I figure what's left of the snow will be gone by noon or so.

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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"