Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Walking

Walking became an increasingly popular pastime in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Romantic poets and American transcendentalists sung its praises. Hikers argued for the “right to roam” on private land. Walking then began to emerge as a spectacle sport. Pedestrianism, or endurance walking, reigned as America’s most popular spectator sport in the 1870s and 80s. Competitors would march for days, often on special indoor tracks.

This illustration depicts one of pedestrianism’s first celebrities, Foster Powell, who once walked 100 miles in 24 hours along the Bath road in England, in 1787.

 

 

 

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Ghost Hibiscus

there is a ghost hibiscus
(proud and tall)
who teases always its little sister.

Itching the ears of the earth
with its talk
and
dreaming, as they say,
the birth of fire
and the death of man
it reluctantly tells us
about ambitious fears.
 
In color and fortitude
this beast
is inquisitive to the brink.

All the while wind slowly rolls up hill
against the odds of coin.

 

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Mockingbirds

This morning
two mockingbirds
in the green field
were spinning and tossing

the white ribbons
of their songs
into the air.
I had nothing

better to do
than listen.

 

– Mary Oliver