Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Maya's Granny tagged me with this rather simple yet interesting meme -

So here are the rules of the Meme:
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Nearest book - Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver. Oh dear, not enough pages, so on to the next nearest book, The Leaf and the Cloud also by Mary Oliver. Drat, it is too short too. OK, the next one it is, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Yep, that's the ticket.

"That Tabby Wheelwright has some nerve to wear white, I'm sure some of these old crones from my grandmother's bridge club were thinking. But this sense of the richness of gossip that permeated Gravesend society is, on my part, largely hindsight. At the time, I chiefly thought it was a splendid turnout."

Well, there it is. Nothing very inspiring huh? Oh, I know what to do. I will add the first two books together, seeing as they are by the same author, and see if I can come up with 123 pages. Oh good, that works much better. Here is what I found on page 123, sentences 6,7 & 8.

  • "Think of me when you see the wren
  • the flowing root of the creek beneath him,
  • dark silver and cold

  • Remember me I am the one who told you
  • he sings for happiness.
  • I am the one who told you
  • that the grass is also alive, and listening.

  • alleluiah alleluiah
  • sighs the pale green moth
  • on the screen door,

  • alleluiah alleluiah
  • the red tongues of the white swans
  • shine out of their black beaks
  • as they shout
  • as their wings rise and fall
  • rise and fall

  • oh rise and fall
  • through the raging flowers of the snow."

Oh yes, that is much better.

I will leave it up to you to pick up the tag if you want to. Have fun.


Maya's Granny said...

I like your second choice. What a clever way to solve the problem.

Cathy said...

Oh, Cuppa - I'm so glad you posted that poem. . . no one writes like Mary Oliver.

I love your Smudge photos. AC is right - she's the cutest little button - ever :0)