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May 8, 2005
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It's of course the old life-death theme; for you should have seen the dog-fight of a Merlin chasing a small Western Sandpiper Friday. Even at telescopic distance, it was like no aerial ballet I had seen. Much like the mother-birders on our boardwalk, I was rooting, myself, for the sandpiper.
But then Saturday night, hearing the often-paired productions of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, I knew that death's cold knife can pierce human life forms, too. Those sopranos, I mean, knew what they're doing, but, oh, what glorious singing!
Then today, in celebrating Mother's Day — happily the Seventh Sunday of Easter this year — to be having, along with Stylish, a breakfast courtesy of a loving son, well, it doesn't get much better than that, does it?
Best of all, both of us shared blue cheese and champagne at lunch before heading to a nearby nursery for our pick of summer plants. Indeed, we're going to have ourselves a pleasant, colorful place this year.
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Styles, you have cut us short! Each of these themes deserves more stylish treatment from you! Start with the birds, please. We city dwellers don't know a merlin from a marlin.
The treatment is stylish but brief. More would be interesting. Besides, what's motherly about murder?
You might note, that's Nature with a capital "N" (whose personified "moods" — fully and philosophically "sensed" — I've marked here as an old "Problem of Evil"). I do admit I've addressed it maybe too aesthetically.
At least Sunday's cheese and champagne aided me, if provisionally, in planting an apt conclusion meant to mark a larger life-death theme quite indifferently.
That's mostly what I had in mind.
By the way, Merlins are raptors and Sandpipers grubbers — and both predators. The mother-birders on our local boardwalk were not exactly rooting Friday for the grubbier, timely war-like forms so inconspicuously presented to their otherwise sharp eyes.
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