Do you ever have so many things to do that you become overwhelmed and end up doing nothing at all? A. A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh) captures this perfectly in his poem about a shipwrecked sailor. Although I must say, after all the snow we’ve had in New England this winter, the sailor’s basking on the beach doesn’t sound too dreadful to me; and I would be praying not to be saved!

The Old Sailor

There was once an old sailor my grandfather knew
Who had so many things which he wanted to do
That, whenever he thought it was time to begin,
He couldn’t because of the state he was in.

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The stark beauty of a decaying gull’s wing found on the beach in Narragansett, RI…

I love the exposed bones, the different perspective supplied by the shadow, and how it makes me think of brutal angels and Da Vinci’s sketches for flying machines.