Sunday, December 14, 2008

Noah's Poem

Just before I left China, a dear friend of mine sent me a poem he had written for me months back. I think it’s really special and wonderful, so I thought I’d put it up. Also, I have a reason for this being up now, all to be further expounded in my next post.

Title: I spell my name funny and different she said

Another cancelled meeting pas'd the sail,
All the long winter she had endured grounded.
Truth and stars mix'd, to no avail,
And then the thunderclap resounded, not unfounded,
On this crowded third electric rail.
Thoughts are lost and found, both up and down,
Circumstances ail, as their times all come rebounded, for the world to see.
Yet we will not break away from memory, time spent sitting in the sun,
Reading empty pages, trading all those deeds undone.
And the days become as rain ephemeral and cold,
Endless dripping from the heavens, wishing neither hot nor bold.
Kerin dreams of music and song and wishes for a world where nothing is wrong.
And from this dream of mirrors and smoke,
Eyes fluttering, full of starlight, she slowly awoke.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Clean Slate in SF

The past three weeks were a much-needed rest stop in Virginia. My whole family lives there, and it's where I grew up. I never believed I would stay there for the rest of my life, but in being away from it, I always feel Virginia's gravity ... the smell of burning leaves in the winter and daffodils in the spring, muddy riverside walks, the beautiful seasons, the red earth, the neat, brick homes ...

But here I am in San Francisco with a whole new start. I moved into a new house with a bunch of awesome people who I've never met, I bought a car from a young couple just on their way out of SF to London, and I start my new job on Monday where my job description is still under review. Many of my close friends are still here, but the people I miss the most have moved away ... New York, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Virginia, Los Angeles.

There is something both excitingly liberating and painfully sad about a truly clean slate. Wish me luck, this is going to be another adventure.