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Monday, October 12, 2009

I'm currently on my way home from a long weekend out of town and taking advantage of free wireless on the bus. Pretty cool! But, on to business.This entry probably should be saved for February, but I couldn't find the one I was looking for and I am too tired to keep looking, having boarded the bus at 7:30am. I really do wonder what it is with all the bad poetry. What a waste of money! This ad reads:

Los Vigos - Are you happy, you sweet unknown?
My heart is sad and I pine alone,
Tell me, sweet bird, are you free as air?
If so, fly to me, for I'm in despair.
Tired of life, death would be sweet
To a soul that cannot find relief.
Do you ever think of me?
I have but one thought, 'tis of thee.
Adieu, My Valentine

I'm certainly no expert, but seems to me the use of "sweet" three times in such a short poem is a little overkill. Can't you think of any other adjective? Also, I don't know what Los Vigos refers to. No translation that I can find. Anyone?

I'd like to find something nice to say about this, but being tired and therefore cranky, all I can think of is how unbelievably cliched it is. I can't find a single original or interesting line here. Still, I guess if the "sweet unknown" is reading this, she or he ought to be flattered that this person must have shelled out quite a large sum of money to pay for this ad. That's a compliment, I suppose. I also wonder who this "unknown" is. Is that poetic license, or is he or she truly a stranger? Somehow I doubt it.

Oy, I'm too exhausted to think clearly or write anything particularly interesting, so I'll leave it at that. I send out job applications this week, as well as trying to bust through a chapter, but I'll try to at least give you ads worth reading!

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