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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Life in Catfish Forms

Your Catfish Friend
by Richard Brautigan

If I were to live my life
in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
     one evening 
when the moon was shining 
down into my dark home 
and stand there at the edge
     of my affection
and think, "It's beautiful here
by this pond. I wish
     somebody loved me,"
I'd love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely 
thoughts from your mind 
and suddenly you would be 
     at peace, 
and ask yourself, "I wonder 
if there are any catfish 
in this pond? It seems like
a perfect place for them."

In case you have ever wondered, this is my favorite poem.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Fairest of Them All

Snow White is totally having a moment.
(Thanks to Once Upon a Time,  Mirror Mirror, and Snow White and the Huntsman, that is.)

And I might feel a bit triumphant about her recent popularity. After all, I'm sporting the same dark hair + fair skin combo that earned Snow White her name and makes her beauty so unique.

I've blogged before about finally learning to love my oh-so-white skin despite the fact that fair skin is often treated as an ill to be remedied. I mean, there's an entire ($2.6 billion) industry devoted to preventing it — or at least alleviating it. (I, for one, will never understand the pre-tanning-bed thought process that goes, "Hey, you know what's worse than getting cancer? BEING PALE.")

In the story of Snow White, her paleness is her draw. She is lovely not in spite of her skin but because of it.

And, of course, we all remember what happens at the end of her story: She wins over the prince with her luminous beauty. (Or if I'm following the Huntsman trailer correctly, she wins over Chris Hemsworth — pretty doggone close.)
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