Friday, October 8, 2010

Sorrowful Song of the American Road

The Largest Stand of Ponderosa Pine Forest in America - near Flagstaff, Arizona

Feb 19th 60 -- Dear Emile, Will write just a card.  We have had a snow storm today and some sleet.  had a 4 car wreck east of town.  killed 1 little girl and hurt some of the rest.  hope you are well.  and write  we are very well.  Love - Mrs Agnew


Near the exact spot where Lincoln delivered his immortal address is erected the National Monument, located in the National Cemetery.  More than thirty-six hundred Union Soldiers are buried in this sacred spot of seventeen acres.

Greetings from Wash D.C.  There's so much to see, no end to the museums & zoo etc.  Going to Mt. Vernon this week.  Saw a soldiers funeral train the other day.  Quite impressive!  Doc & Anna


The St. Johns Bridge spans the Willamette river at the lower entrance to Portland's harbor.  The bridge, which was completed in June 1931 at a cost of $4,250,000, is 3,833 feet in length.  The span is 205 feet about the Willamette, sufficient to allow any existing or potential type of vessel to pass freely under it.

Dear mother, I have been across this bridge.  I am kind of lonesome tonite.  I have been going so much.  I went to the show last nite.  It seems rather good to stay home and rest.  I was so tired tonite.  I have a boquet of peonies in my room.  One of the Drs. gave them to me. Be in Missoula Sat May 31, Laura

794 -- The Totem Pole, Monument Valley

Dear Folks, Hope you are all well. Haven't heard from you. My husband died July 18th. I sure miss him, never knew it could be so lonesome. He died sudden, 1/2 hour in the hospital. The shock about kill me. Write me, I would like to hear from you. Love, Marie.

The Totem Pole, Monument Valley appeared previously on the L&TM5K on January 8, 2008.


Jennifer said...

Dang, dude. Wish I'd braced a little more for L&T before I started reading this morning.

Michael5000 said...

It can't all be laughs and frolics, Jennifer. The American Road isn't like that.

Libby said...

What is your mechanism for determining which postcards are boring and which are interesting? Gut reaction?

Rebel said...

Dude... these are the saddest songs of the American road. Although that bouquet of peonies suggests a story I'd love to hear!

Michael5000 said...

Ah, Libby, to ask what makes a postcard boring is as to ask what makes a saying wise. It is not in mechanisms that we discover such things, but in the process of living, in the experience of things as they are.

Meditate, if you will, on this ancient story: a woman once complained to Michael5000 that he had called a postcard with an airplane on it boring. "No postcard with an airplane," said the woman, "is boring."

"That is true," said Michael5000. "Indeed, no boring postcard is boring."

Now do you understand?

Rebel: From our perspective, as voyeurs from the future, the peonies are a wonderful detail. By implication, they are the most exciting thing in the room, which is part of the pathos. And is it a hospital room, and is Laura a patient? If so, why is she in Portland, not Missoula? Or is she a nurse? Does she just happen to live near a hospital? Is the bouquet a flirtation, a friendly gesture, an act of pity? The peonies suggest so much, and tell us nothing, and that is lovely.