Re: A new extropian greeting from the distinguished J.R. Molloy...

Spike Jones (
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 14:04:44 -0800

> Spike Jones wrote:...> ER fan? What poem was that please? spike
> Robert Owen wrote:
> So: hum a few bars and I'll fake it. A line, phrase, something.

It was a most moving poem. Alda's character is a senior doctor who is still very competent but has alzheimers and is starting to become absent minded. He cannot deal with the latest surgical techniques, yet can use the old ones better than any young doctor.

In one particularly poignant interlude, the doctor recites flawlessly a Blake poem he had memorized 3 decades before, yet cannot recall where he parked that morning.

The poem: it is about a bird in the meadow, who does not realize the end of her days is at hand, so she merrily goes about her business, singing and flying about, whereas the man who watches from a distance is burdened with the grief of knowing of his own mortality. It is a powerful piece. spike