SKETCHBOOK 48 – THE FIRE THIS TIME

I don’t remember a lot of poems, but this one has stuck with me for many years. It’s short. It rhymes. And right now, it means more than it used to mean.

Fire and Ice – Robert Frost

Last night we watched “Cabaret.” When it first came out, I went to the movies every afternoon after school and saw it again. I think I saw it a dozen times the first month it was showing. It’s a favorite of Garry’s, too and possibly one of the great musicals of the last century.

We found ourselves relating to the depicted events, mainly the rise of the Nazis in Germany. Talk about how the worm has turned! When you find yourself relating to pre-Nazi Germany and you live in the U.S., it should give one pause to think.

I sometimes fear that too many of our “freedom loving citizens” feel the Nazis didn’t do a good enough job and plan on using their First Amendment rights to kill off even more people.

Way to go America.



Categories: Arts, Drawings, Poetry, Sketchbook, U.S. Constitution, Writing

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  1. Would be the WOKE element of the US you are talking about?
    The book burners and re-drafters of your history to suit some minority sub culture.
    I loved “Cabaret”. Only I’m waiting for that to be ‘cancelled out’ by the woke for ‘glorifying war and the sexualization of women’.

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  2. I hope this doesn’t show up twice, I’d swear I hit “send”, but the comment didn’t show. Here’s the 2nd try:

    The author is Robert Frost
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_Ice_(poem)
    It’s one of my favorites of his too. 🙂

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    • Usually I find multiple repetitive comments in “spam.” Sometimes MANY of them from someone who got spammed and kept trying.

      I didn’t know that background information. Thank you! Garry’s first major interview when he came up to Boston from Hartford (Connecticut) was interviewing Robert Frost. We have a portrait of him done by Alfred Eisenstadt hanging downstairs. I wanted to bring it up here, but Owen objected. He really likes that portrait too.

      I know a lot of people thing Frost’s poems are “trite,” but I think that’s because they are so frequently quoted — especially here in New England. He was really OUR poet. Our neighbor. He understood New England and how we think and often, how we behave — including irrationally. When Garry is repeating stories about celebrities he interviewed and talked to, he tends to talk about the movie people. Actors, directors, athletes, etc. But for me, his encounters with writers and poets and artists are even more interesting — especially Norman Rockwell who lived just about an hour from here in the foothills of the Berkshires.

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      • Oh my gosh!! Garry got to interview both Robert Frost AND Norman Rockwell? Wow!! Perhaps you or Owen could take a photograph of that painting and then share it with us here. I’d love to see it, it sounds fabulous! There were quality people (interesting) to interview then. I’ve watched some current day ‘celebrities” (mostly acting people) who have gone on various ‘reality’ talk shows such as the one Jerry Seinfeld did for a while (perhaps is still doing) called something like “Coffee with The Stars” or something. He’d take a vintage car (amazing variety of classics including a 50s Thunderbird and a Corvette from the 50s, but others anyway…and then go pick up the guest for his show (I saw interviews of people like Sarah Jessica Parker and Jim Carrey to name two) and it came to me that those people aren’t all that interesting IRL. Well in my opinion anyway. Steve Martin was interesting, but clearly bored with the whole thing. There’s just not the quality of interviewee these days and of course I’m not a journalist, so what do I know?

        Segue: I was watching some Hallmark movie last night which featured a woman who was one of those Entertainment Tonight type hosts. She did puff/fluff on air and she looked exactly like Barbie would if the doll were real, save for the unrealistic proportions. Anyway. She had gone to college to study journalism and she said (I quote): News is dead. All they want these days are fluff/puff pieces and they can put anyone at all in front of that camera to tell the world about the latest ‘news’ which is dressed up gossip about boring people we’ve chosen to idolize.” I almost dropped my teeth. And I know it was a movie and fictional, but wowza. Someone out there wrote that script and echoed the same sentiments I’ve bored you and Garry with for years. The fact that there is no substantial reports (IMO) or news worth being called news these days is a crying shame. Some of us miss the good old days when an interview with someone famous was worth tuning in to see!

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        • Arrg. Substantial reportERs is what I meant to type.

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          • I asked Garry about this and he said he will try to remember more about them. These were done very early after he came to Boston, so that would be 1970, maybe 1971. I remember parts of them because he told me so at least I can remind him of some of it. I think he will IF he can remember enough to make a story.

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        • I can do that, though probably it is online and no doubt for sale too. We bought this from a gallery more than 20 years ago. We sold the other Eisenstadt photos we’d bought — we were poor and they had been a good investment — but we saved this one. I’ll take a picture. If I don’t soon, remind me. I forget and I have to dry my hair now before it dries itself!

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    • It did show up twice — once in spam, once as a comment. Told ya 😀

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  3. This drawing and poem are so apt for each other.

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