The Last Rose of Summer
“‘Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh.
I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter,
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.
So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
From Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit,
This bleak world alone?”
The Kansas City Municipal Auditorium facade is decorated with three bas relief carved medallions depicting classic themes. The medallions were created by Albert Stewart in 1934 as part of the PWA construction project. When the building opened in 1935, it was called by the Architectural Record “one of the 10 best buildings of the world that year.” In 2000, the Princeton Architectural Press called it one of the 500 most important architectural works in the United States. (wikipedia)
Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance
“Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. – Guillaume Apollinaire
“What makes the flag on the mast to wave? What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? — Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz”
“Your heart is free… have the courage to follow it.” –Braveheart
Listen to the Lion — Van Morrison
“Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.” — Paul Dirac
“Be curious about life. There’s something worth photographing
just about everywhere you go – you just have to look for it.” – Joel Sartore
Color or monochrome, cuddles are cuddles. Check out the gathering of monochrome photos cuddled together this week for Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness posted later on today on Leanne’s blog. Thanks to Leanne and Laura along with all the talented monochrome contributors.
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Monochrome Madness – Week XXIX
What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?
It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.
Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.
And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.
Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)