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

Michael Wiik (
Mon, 22 Nov 1999 10:50:23 -0500

Spike Jones wrote:

> 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

I'm not a fan of ER, didn't see the show, and don't get into poetry much, but I think the answer is here:

and it's another W.B. but not Blake


Michael Wiik
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