By Charles Simic
Juggler of hats and live hand grenades.
Tumbler, contortionist, impersonator,
Living statue, wire walker, escape artist,
Amateur ventriloquist and mind reader,
Doing all that without being detected
While leisurely strolling down the street,
Buying a newspaper on some corner,
Bending down to pat a blind man’s dog,
Or sitting across from your wife at dinner,
While she prattles about the weather,
Concentrating instead on a trapeze in your head,
The tigers pacing angrily in their cage.
December 12, 2011, The New Yorker
Filed under Bagatelle, Poems
I’m not a big reblogger, but since she says it best… here it is.
Notes on the public life of Clarence Hamilton Gifford. Native son of Sardis, in Mason County, Kentucky. Not Turkey. Taught and was principal at schools in Ewing, Hanson and Guthrie, Kentucky (1906). Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University as a member of the school’s first graduating class (1909). At some point attended the University of Chicago and joined the Moody Bible Institute. Assumed the superintendent position for Elizabethtown schools in Kentucky before entering business in the field of mortgages and loans. Professional positions included sales manager and vice president of Empire Bond & Mortgage Corporation and president and director of the Buffalo Stratford Corporation. Formed C.H. Gifford & Co. in Katonah, New York, his new hometown, which focused on real estate and finance (1934). Served on the board of various corporations and trade and civic organizations including Vice President of the Bethlehem Association, Executive Secretary of the Drama League of America, and promoter of the annual Caramoor Music Festival in Katonah. Devoted alum of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Received the Outstanding Alumnus Award at 50 year reunion (1959) and an honorary doctorate (1971). Led fundraising for the EKU Century Fund Drive which financed the Chapel of Meditation (1971). Founded three EKU scholarships. Admitted to the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni and honored with the naming of the Clarence H. Gifford Theatre, located in the EKU Campbell Building (1974). Died on August 12, 1977 (age 88) from cancer.
My memory recently lost this so I am relearning. It’s not as easy as it seems. Corrections welcome.
Lay is a transitive verb–something is being done to something else. I lay the child down to sleep. Lie is an intransitive verb–nothing or no one is being acted on. Now I lie down to sleep. The past tense of lay is laid. Last night I laid the child down right after dinner. The past tense of lie is lay. Last night I lay down to sleep soon after midnight. The past participle of lay is laid (same as the past tense). I have laid the child to sleep three times now. The past participle of lie is lain. I could have lain in bed until lunch. Layed is not a word; use laid.