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bigz posted 12-01-2001 05:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for bigz  
The long sobs of the violins in the autumn wound my heart with a monotone languor.

Think it is close enough I hope ---

JimH, you miss your beloved Revenge! She is now all snuggled down for her winter time snooze --- is this why the melancholy verse??

jimh posted 12-01-2001 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The long sobbings
Of the violins of Autumn
Wound my heart
With a montonous languor.

Yeah, when there are no leaves on the trees,
it gets dark at 4 p.m., and it gets so cold the water turns get a little sad and miss your Whaler.


dfmcintyre posted 12-01-2001 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I always end up listening to Indigo Girl's "Mystery" during the last night of my vacation at Northernaire, in the North Channel area in August:

"I could go crazy on a night like tonight,
summers beginning to give up her fight"

And every thoughts a possibility,and the voices are heard, but nothing is seen.

Why do you spend this time with me,
may be an equal mystery"


Peter posted 12-01-2001 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Well it was near torture today looking at the Whaler all bundled up for the winter when the temperature hit 70 F. Seems like its been warm out ever since I pitched the winter cover. I share your pain!

sport15er posted 12-01-2001 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
A nice evening to put on Leonard Cohen; perhaps his cd; 'Songs Of Love & Hate' or for the non-connoisseur's; 'The Best Of'
Was a nice listen while out in the shop today......
dscew posted 12-01-2001 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
Winter has finally arrived in Minnesota, too, and our Whaler is tarped and winterized in the back yard. I did plow a path around her with the snowblower so I have access if I get the urge to board in January!
jimh posted 12-02-2001 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
By the way, there is a bit of trivia that goes with these lines. Anyone familiar with it? They actually are rather famous in a historical sense, besides being well-known French poetry.
Dr T posted 12-02-2001 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Nope. However, there is a bio at .

My initial (an I believe wrong) guess was that it would be about Napoleans retreat. But, it looks like Verlaine may have been a bit too obsessed with self for that.

However, the lines fit the season as the days grow cold and dark.


Kelly posted 12-02-2001 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
Being from Atlanta, I have always felt that something is gained, but something is also lost by not having a dependable real winter. We had a hay ride today at a friends farm, the hay filled trailer behind the tractor along the dirt road and through the cow fields variety. Warm and sunny, nice for the children, but a little nip in the air would have been nice. I guess it is the Nebraska in my blood from my parents. Kelly
Curtis Johnson posted 12-02-2001 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Curtis Johnson  Send Email to Curtis Johnson     
Also in Atlanta, I took out my 1978 Newport for the first time today on L. Oconee. Low water due to drought, but what a ride! Absolutely gorgeous. Now I understand better.PS I teach at the school where the Indigo girls met.(Shamrock)
jimh posted 12-02-2001 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In case you are reading this thread and wondering what the hell we are talking about, I had the fragment from Verlaine's poem in French for several days as the "headline" of the FORUM top page. That gave rise to this thread, although I have since changed the FORUM headline to an English translation.

The historical interest in these lines: They were read in June of 1945 on the BBC in London as a signal to the French resistance forces that the D-Day invasion was about to begin and they should take appropriate action.

Actually, that is how I first happened to come to hear them, not as poetry but as spy-craft. However, they are darn good poetry, too.

hardensheetmetal posted 12-02-2001 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Is there a poem about procrastination? Everyday I walk back to 13 and scoop out a handfull of leaves. Its been 60 - 70 for the last week and a half a good 20 -30 above normal. One would think this would be the perfect time to cover her, but I just keep putting it off.

Along the same story, I sold the 17 Montauk I had a couple weekends ago. The fellow came down from Boston to go for a sea-trial. There was enough room left so I could launch within my marina, just very odd with no docks, just a lot of pilings. I may not be the person in my marina who uses their boat the most, but I sure as heck was the last! The air was about 62 and the river was very calm. The smoke from the fireplaces of homes along the river settled near the water, it was really beautiful.


LarrySherman posted 12-03-2001 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I took the 25 over to Port Jeff yesterday, best boating weather since September!
sakojim posted 12-03-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for sakojim  Send Email to sakojim     
I don't know - This was a great day in Michigan. I was able to clean the hull outside and dream about a beautiful restored Sakonnet ready for a promising Spring. (After a crushing amount of hours in the garage this winter) Sakojim
JFM posted 12-04-2001 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Had the Montauk out yesterday in Cincinnati, it was so nice about 55-60 and sunny. Today 65 tomorrow 70. Is this December? I ain't gonna winterize until it gets cold again. I wonder if we will all play hell for this nice weather a little later on. Regards, Jay
JAC posted 12-04-2001 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for JAC  Send Email to JAC     
Ah winter... the red fish are stacked up three deep on every shore, trout slash everything floating while thousands of waterfowl buzz, past at eye level.
Another day in paradise....Texas style.
Happy Holidays, Jim

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