Monday, July 25, 2011

by W. S. Merwin

with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow for the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water looking out
in different directions.

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
looking up from tables we are saying thank you
in a culture up to its chin in shame
living in the stench it has chosen we are saying thank you
over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the back door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks that use us we are saying thank you
with the crooks in office with the rich and fashionable
unchanged we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us like the earth
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

I loved the use of this in Anne Lamott's Travelling Mercies

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crack The Surface - Episode I from SilentUK on Vimeo.

claire posted this on my fbook wall. soooo interesting! makes me look at london in a whole new way.

Here's some guys in St. Louis doing the same thing: St. Louis Urban Exploration Society

Personal thoughts: I think that people like feeling a sense of control over their environment by knowing the secret nooks and crannies and being where they are "not supposed to be." There's an interesting explanation at the 5-minute mark in the video where a guy talks about how he read adventure novels when he was younger and grew up and found that he didn't have a way to be adventurous in his daily life. Urban exploration answered this for him.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


giggle. taken from biz's pintrest. it's actually from (here). jono and i just bought it for our london flat from her etsy (here).

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes

This is the floor at the Standard Hotel restaurant in New York. Wow! I really really like the look of this! It also kind of reminds me of the story that I heard once that the rouble was once so inflated in Russia that it was actually cheaper to wallpaper your bathroom in currency notes than to buy wallpaper. I can't find that story on the internet anywhere, though. Sometimes I feel like there needs to be classes on how to google search. There are so many synonyms out there!

just pretty.