Saturday, November 01, 2014

Poring over old images of a vanished town

After poring over old pictures of my home town in the windows of some boarded-over Main Street stores, I walk -all the way along the old drag, up the hill across Davis drive, to arrive at the old cemetery there. Boot Hill appears a city all to itself, a Newmarket old (and younger with recent arrivals), but they are dead nevertheless, their gravestones and mauseleums sometimes still flashing famous name, like Banting. I get a slight shiver, thinking of old novels, old plays, like Thornton Wilders "Our Town." The moving finger that affects us all, the wise old townies, the fools and knaves, the old Irish navvies who's worked in the now vanished pencil factory and tannery, the fourth-generation of UEL Tories from America who would lookdown on them.No lunks, drunks or punks! I think of my author friend, E.A. Monroe, from Norman, Oklahoma who writes about flashbacks to a vanished childhood... Perhaps like Emily, allowed to levitate from her grave talking to mother, sister and father out of her youth, but they can hear her not. The moving finger, the Egypian tombs, pictographs. Ibises. What will we need for the afterlife? Perhaps it's the Halloween just passed, or the Mexican Day of The Dead whose parades I'd often frequented in the San Miguel sun. Enough to spook you.

14 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm planning to pack light for the afterlife. Hope it won't be too cold or hot.

PhilipH said...

As long as you've got a penny on each eye, to pay the Ferryman on crossing the river of no return, you'll need nothing more.

Trouble is, in England, we've gone decimal coinage since 1972 and the 'new' penny pieces are only the size of the old farthing, (a quarter of the OLD duodecimal penny). These 'new' penny pieces are far too small for placing on one's eye-lids and the Ferryman might possibly think he was being under-paid. I don't really know, do you?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Charles,

I guess PhilipH's new UK penny pieces might just be light enough--but I think they might just slide to one side, and what would be the point? :)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

PhilipH,

Our dollar coin, the "Looney," bigger even than a Mexican peso,
should be good enough to give the dearly departed a nice "Lil' Orphan Annie" visage.
...Might spook the Ferryman. :)

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Note:
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TonyL.Cheung, Dip.HCA.MSW. R&W

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I have been advised, by letter. from the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly to provide a statement of my current income, to be supplied by Ms. Kirahuzi, my trustee. I have made this request and have enlisted the aid of Sandra Martin, Outreach Worket, York Region, Newmarket Ontario, since my trustee seems not quite forthcoming to provide me with my currrent income statement. Sandra's email address is:
sandra.martin@york.ca.
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly says a copy of this statement is important should I seek a capacity assessor in my area, but I feel now, with Christmas coming on, it would be nice to get some of my OAS money. So it seems that speed is of the essence, and as soon as I get that current income statemet from my trustee.

Enclosed, please find my letter to my trustee, Esperance Kirahuzi, Toronto, requesting requesting my termination of involvement.
I hope we can be successful in my hope of termination of my involvement with OPG&T.

I suppose my strongest suit is that I am a purlished author fallen on hard times...and had to seek the assistance of the OPG&T.
I feel now, that more or less out of debt, I can go on writing for, I suppose, art for art's sake...but with little financial return.

Yours Sincerely
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B.A.A. M.A

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

* Using basic chord naming makes it easier to read. Enjoy !


Intro : A#m - G# - D#m |x2



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A#m G# D#m
Song instead of a touch,
A#m G# D#m
darlin' this is a song instead of a touch
A#m G# Fm
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C# G# D#m
It is for those who like to cling,
F# G# A#m
it is to those, to those I sing
C# G# D#m F# G#
Here is a song instead of a clutch, instead of a moon
A#m F# G# A#m
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