My Own "Hotel du Lac"

'Homesick,' said Edith finally. 'Yes.' But she thought of her little house as if it had existed in another life, another dimension. She thought of it as something to which she might never return. The seasons had changed since she last saw it; she was no longer the person who could sit up in bed…

Ice Cream a là Berlin

 If it is your nature to be happyyou will swim away along the soft trailsfor hours, your imagination alighting everywhere. And if you spiritcarries within itthe thorn that is heavier than lead-if it's all you can do to keep on trudging...-Mary Oliver ("Morning Poem")Spring break came and went like the blink of an eye. I had all of these…

Oysters by the Bay

In the garden strains of music, Full of inexpressible sadness.Scent of the sea, pungent, fresh, On an ice bed, a dish of oysters...-Anna Akhmatova ("Evening")For me, there was no music, there was certainly no sadness and, instead of an elegant dish of oysters on an ice bed, we had a big old paper bag full of oysters.…

A Half Moon Spring Break

But why should it be that sometimes one sees things clearly--I mean like when the camera is properly adjusted-- -George Seferis (A Levant Journal) George Seferis never completed that thought; in fact, it seems just to be a passing impression from his diplomatic travels throughout the Middle East in the mid-1950s. But yesterday, for some…