Friday, December 12, 2008

A Website and a Poem

Check out this website called Marissa's Bunny. Scroll down and read about the bunny's visit to Los Angeles. The picture is of the bunny at the top of our Christmas tree. Learn a little about Infantile Spasms, the devastating seizure disorder that Sophie was diagnosed with when she was three months old, almost fourteen years ago, the disorder that this little baby girl, Marissa, is battling. And pass on the knowledge when you get the chance.

Here's a real beauty from today's Writer's Almanac:

Christmas 1963
by Joseph Enzweiler

Because we wanted much that year
and had little. Because the winter phone
for days stayed silent that would call
our father back to work, and he
kept silent too with our mother,
fearfully proud before us.

Because I was young that morning
in gray light untouched on the rug
and our gifts were so few, propped
along the furniture, for a second
my heart fell, then saw how large
they made the spaces between them

to take the place of less. Because
the curtained sun rose brightly
on our discarded paper and the things
themselves, these forty years,
have grown too small to see, the emptiness
measured out remains the gift,

fills the whole room now, that whole year
out across the snowy lawn. Because
a drop of shame burned quietly
in the province of love. Because
we had little that year
and were given much.


  1. The poem is a real beauty. I couldn't get through on the link to Marissa's Bunny--it's probably a temporary glitch

  2. Steve, try the website Not sure why it didn't work for you.

  3. I heard Garrison Keillor read this poem on Writer's Almanac last week (Friday?) .... I must say, the poem haunted me .... and to read it here .... beyond words.

  4. Elizabeth--no problem with your link--the dial-up that I use in Davenport was the problem. Now that I'm in Elkhart with DSL, the word verification says it all, though in German: "besser."



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