Montag, 21. September 2009

Funeral Blues by W.H.Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Samstag, 28. März 2009

Bear walks the High Society

Bear had the possibility to join some kind of high society event on Friday, 13th of March in the monastery of Und in the lovely area of Wachau. A friend of Bear's best friend Eva, who is winemaker, invited us to that event.
The monastery did some renovation work and celebrated the finishing with music, a fashion show, some lovely cooking, whiskey tasting, wine tasting, ...

That's what the (german) invitation said: Am Freitag, dem 13. März 2009, präsentiert sich das historische Kloster UND nach behutsamen Umbauarbeiten als frische, moderne Eventlocation. Genuss, Life-Style, Kunst, Kultur sowie Räumlichkeiten mit außergewöhnlicher Atmosphäre und höchster technischer Ausstattung, werden an diesem geschichtsträchtigen Ort vereint. Mit einem ausgewählten Programm und beeindruckenden Inszenierungen – von 16 Uhr bis spät in die Nacht hinein – zeigt das Kloster UND seine vielfältige Wandelbarkeit.

Bear picked Eva up at the railway station in Stockerau and off they drove to Krems. For once in Bear's life they were perfectly on time. When they arrived one could already see that this was going to be a good event. Lots of photographers around and a few TV cameras also. They waited for Eva's friend who arrived a bit later. In the meantime Bear noticed a friend's ex-boyfriend - someone Bear had hated all those years. As Bear realised that he carried a camera and was obviously there to make pictures, Bear called him over just to point out that Bear was invited to that event and he wasn't. :-) Bear was satisfied. Mission one accomplished: make sure to point out that Bear was there.

Eva's friend arrived and they went inside. He knew everyone. Of course. UND is a monastery famous for its wine and wine tasting and this was his area. They went to some wine tasting. Everyone was dead serious and quietly standing around, listening to the explanations and gurgling and spitting wine. Eva drank it. So did Bear. But not much, as Bear wanted to drive home later that night. After about five minutes Bear managed to lighten up the whole situation as she was loudly chatting and laughing with the ones sharing their table. Mission two accomplished: make sure Bear gets noticed.

They then went around a bit, having a look here and there and went to get some food. First thing they found was scallops. Bear never tried those before, but they were really good. And then they found oyster. And champagne. Bear thought: nice! Bear always wanted to try oysters. Bear did. Tastes like.... sea. Fishy. Salty. Nothing exciting. It is a bit of a challenge to actually swallow something glibbery. Wibbling and wobbling around. But... well... Bear was disappointed. Mission three accomplished: try something new.

They went to have a cigarette and talk to some people. Well, actually it was Eva's friend who talked to people as Eva and Bear knew no-one. Not yet. They got introduced. Nice wine makers around there. Friendly, talkative, fun. Bear then asked Eva's friend if he would find it very embarrassing if Bear asked to get a picture later together with Toni Mörwald (who cooked there) and/or some other celebrity. He was not. Not at all. He went off immediately to the kitchen to get Toni to tell him that a friend wanted a picture taken. Bear was a bit astonished that it was so easy and no-one was giving her a look. Bear was satisfied. Mission four accomplished: get pictures taken with celebrities.

Eva wanted to taste some whiskey. So they went to look for the room where the whiskey was tasted. They stumbled into a foto shooting of some of the models for the following fashion show and finally found the room. Good Lord, when opening the door one was immediately drunk just by the smell of the whiskey! The room was far too small for far too many people with far too many open bottles. Bear felt a bit sick. Eva tried some whiskey and then someone came up and told her to try the one he just had in his hands. It was supposed to be very smokey. Eva had a bit of it and nearly wanted to spit it out again. She called out: "UUaaaaahhh! Disgusting!!" Bear agreed. The man who offered the whiskey explained it tasted like when standing in front of a chimney and inhaling the smoke. It really did. That was a good description of that whiskey. It was Austrian made whiskey btw. All of it. Bear doesn't like whiskey. No matter what nationality... Mission five accomplished: get sick just by the smell of something.

It was time for food again. So they went back to the inner court yard which had a roof and was also heated because the food was there, grabbed a table and Eva and Bear looked around for food. A waitress came up with something like goose pastete and some other things, Bear was not keen on trying. Eva and her friend did, Bear skipped that part.
But since Bear was hungry, Eva and she went to the buffet to see what was there to get and Bear got some lovely things to eat. Bear does not really remember all of it, but it was nice. Time for dessert. Off they went again to get some dessert. They stood at the buffet when the waiter asked what Bear wanted and Bear replied: "A bit of everything, please." Eva interrupted and said she wanted to know first, what the things were. So the waiter explained, Eva listened and Bear waited. When he finished he looked at Eva and Eva said she had to figure out first what she wanted, so he then asked Bear again and Bear replied once more: "A bit of everything, please", and handed her small dessert plate over. He grinned and said: "Let's have a bigger plate then, shall we?!" and put a bit of everything onto a big plate for Bear. Eva got a small plate and a little bit of a few things and they went back to their table where a lot of other winemakers stood around and talked and said something like: "So did you get your dessert then?" when Eva smiled and Bear came up with her huge plate. Mission six accomplished: show you're not embarassed by eating too much.

Well, it's been ages, since Bear started this post and doesn't remember quite all of it. Anyway it was a good night, Bear got pictures taken with Toni Mörwald and Florian Scheuba and got to know the PowerPipes.
Interesting night it was.