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171 books · 108 voters · list created January 30th, 2011 by Bettie (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads How about "all of them"?


message 2: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "How about "all of them"?"

I was thinking more of a themed thing Susanna. On going reads of course but it is nice to fit in a topical read isn't it


message 4: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "Yep."

I am looking for some inspiration; jiggling up my 'to be read' will only add to the appeal

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message 5: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Man, I'm going to have to think about this one for a while. I'm not coming up with much at all...

Secret Garden maybe?


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura I just added a few books, take a look. A theme? What about strong women?


message 7: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Brava T-A! You put in Middlemarch. I haven't read it or I would have.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) It was just too good a one to leave out ... ;)


message 9: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Basia - Waters Of March

Waters of March by Jobim

A stick, a stone,
It's the end of the road,
It's the rest of a stump,
It's a little alone

It's a sliver of glass,
It is life, it's the sun,
It is night, it is death,
It's a trap, it's a gun

The oak when it blooms,
A fox in the brush,
A knot in the wood,
The song of a thrush

The wood of the wind,
A cliff, a fall,
A scratch, a lump,
It is nothing at all

It's the wind blowing free,
It's the end of the slope,
It's a beam, it's a void,
It's a hunch, it's a hope

And the river bank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the end of the strain,
The joy in your heart

The foot, the ground,
The flesh and the bone,
The beat of the road,
A slingshot's stone

A fish, a flash,
A silvery glow,
A fight, a bet,
The range of a bow

The bed of the well,
The end of the line,
The dismay in the face,
It's a loss, it's a find

A spear, a spike,
A point, a nail,
A drip, a drop,
The end of the tale

A truckload of bricks
in the soft morning light,
The shot of a gun
in the dead of the night

A mile, a must,
A thrust, a bump,
It's a girl, it's a rhyme,
It's a cold, it's the mumps

The plan of the house,
The body in bed,
And the car that got stuck,
It's the mud, it's the mud

Afloat, adrift,
A flight, a wing,
A hawk, a quail,
The promise of spring

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the promise of life
It's the joy in your heart

A stick, a stone,
It's the end of the road
It's the rest of a stump,
It's a little alone

A snake, a stick,
It is John, it is Joe,
It's a thorn in your hand
and a cut in your toe

A point, a grain,
A bee, a bite,
A blink, a buzzard,
A sudden stroke of night

A pin, a needle,
A sting, a pain,
A snail, a riddle,
A wasp, a stain

A pass in the mountains,
A horse and a mule,
In the distance the shelves
rode three shadows of blue

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the promise of life
in your heart, in your heart

A stick, a stone,
The end of the road,
The rest of a stump,
A lonesome road

A sliver of glass,
A life, the sun,
A knife, a death,
The end of the run

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the end of all strain,
It's the joy in your heart.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Beautiful!!

(Note to self: Must not miss fields, bunches and beds of daffodils this spring ...)


message 11: by Laura (new)

Laura where have you found this song by the Brazilian poet Jobim?


message 12: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Art Garfunkel did a not-so-hot version of this eons ago. I like the Basia version much better. Thank you Bettie.


message 13: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Of course (apologies Laura) this is a totally Brazilliant root, so here is Jobim in action

From wiki - "Waters of March" (Portuguese: "Águas de Março") is a Brazilian song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim wrote both the English and Portuguese lyrics.[1] When writing the English lyrics, Jobim endeavoured to avoid words with Latin roots, which resulted in the English version having more verses than the Portuguese. Nevertheless, the English version still contains some words from Latin origin, such as rhyme, promise, dismay, line, plan, rest, pain, mountain, distance and mule. Another way in which the English lyrics differ from the Portuguese is that the English version treats March from the perspective of an observer in the northern hemisphere. In this context, the waters are the "waters of defrost" in contrast to the rains referred to in the original Portuguese, marking the end of summer and the beginning of the colder season in the southern hemisphere.

Águas de Março

É pau, é pedra,
é o fim do caminho
É um resto de toco,
é um pouco sozinho

É um caco de vidro,
é a vida, é o sol
É a noite, é a morte,
é um laço, é o anzol

É peroba do campo,
é o nó da madeira
Caingá, candeia,
é o Matita Pereira

É madeira de vento,
tombo da ribanceira
É o mistério profundo,
é o queira ou não queira

É o vento ventando,
é o fim da ladeira
É a viga, é o vão,
festa da cumeeira

É a chuva chovendo,
é conversa ribeira
Das águas de março,
é o fim da canseira

É o pé, é o chão,
é a marcha estradeira
Passarinho na mão,
pedra de atiradeira

É uma ave no céu,
é uma ave no chão
É um regato, é uma fonte,
é um pedaço de pão

É o fundo do poço,
é o fim do caminho
No rosto o desgosto,
é um pouco sozinho

É um estrepe, é um prego,
é uma conta, é um conto
É uma ponta, é um ponto,
é um pingo pingando

É um peixe, é um gesto,
é uma prata brilhando
É a luz da manhã,
é o tijolo chegando

É a lenha, é o dia,
é o fim da picada
É a garrafa de cana,
o estilhaço na estrada

É o projeto da casa,
é o corpo na cama
É o carro enguiçado,
é a lama, é a lama

É um passo, é uma ponte,
é um sapo, é uma rã
É um resto de mato,
na luz da manhã

São as águas de março
fechando o verão
É a promessa de vida
no teu coração

É uma cobra, é um pau,
é João, é José
É um espinho na mão,
é um corte no pé

É um passo, é uma ponte,
é um sapo, é uma rã
É um belo horizonte,
é uma febre terçã

São as águas de março
fechando o verão
É a promessa de vida
no teu coração


message 14: by Laura (new)

Laura I love this song!!!


message 15: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Mar 15, 2011 12:57PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large)

"... a host of golden daffodils..."

(Yippee -- they're finally in bloom!)


message 16: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Beautiful! Thanks TA, they warm the ol' cockles. Happy springtime vibes to you and yours
xx


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) And the same to you!


message 18: by Laura (new)

Laura I am glad the spring is coming already to both of you.


message 19: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 16, 2011 10:23AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I swear we're going to have a tulip out tomorrow. (This is very early, even for us.) Our daffodils are blooming now.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) My mom brought home the first bouquet of tulips the other day ... I won't rule out they're hot house flowers, though.


message 21: by LauraT (new)

LauraT I love Anne of green Gables serie for spring ...


message 22: by BookLovingLady (last edited May 27, 2019 03:50PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) wrote: "(Note to self: Must not miss fields, ...)"

Where I live there are plenty of fields with flower bulbs. As they are grown for the bulbs, they are 'beheaded' by now, unfortunately, but the flower bulbs are truly gorgeous when the flowers are in full bloom.


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