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Maclin Horton
Fairhope, Alabama [email: my first name followed by a period followed by my last name at]
Victor Hugo said "50 is the youth of old age." Now it's 60, I think.
Interests: music, literature, film, politics., catholic spirituality and doctrine
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Thrice toss these oaken ashes in the air, Thrice sit thou mute in this enchanted chair, Then thrice three times tie up this true love's knot, And murmur soft "She will, or she will not." Go burn these pois'nous weeds in yon blue fire, These screech-owl's feathers and this prickling... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Light On Dark Water
Some years ago, probably quite a few though I'm not sure, I read a review of one of Joan Didion's books which said something to the effect that the chief or most engaging characteristic of her work is her sensibility. I may have that wrong, but whether or not it's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light On Dark Water
NON SUM QUALIS ERAM BONAE SUB REGNO CYNARAE Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine; And I was desolate and sick of an old passion, Yea, I was desolate and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
This is about language and literacy, and may come across as grumpy old man stuff. I really don't feel grumpy about it, though. Well, all right, I admit I do find it annoying, just a little. But mainly find it amusing, and interesting. Language develops, and frequently the developments are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
IN THE TIME OF THE TUMULT OF NATIONS We thought that the worst was behind us in the time of the tumult of nations. We planned and we saved for the future in the time of the tumult of nations. The crowds in the streets were uneasy in the time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I once had the ambition of being well-read. I mean really well-read--having read all the major books of the Western tradition, and the more important ones more than once, and being fairly intimate with the most important. Even after I got too far along in a life occupied with other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THE HORSES Barely a twelvemonth after The seven days war that put the world to sleep, Late in the evening the strange horses came. By then we had made our covenant with silence, But in the first few days it was so still We listened to our breathing and were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
There's a remark from Chesterton that I see quoted from time to time, something to the effect that the doctrine of original sin, i.e. the intrinsically defective nature of man, is the only one of the Church's teachings that is provable by observation...I think that's the idea. I've been thinking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
NAMING OF PARTS Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday, We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning, We shall have what to do after firing. But today, Today we have naming of parts. Japonica Glistens like coral in all the neighboring gardens, And today we have naming of parts. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
(This post is mostly photos and may be slow to load. I hope it's worth it.) I mentioned last week that I was traveling. Where I was traveling to was Belfast. Why I was there is a longish story. It was a family get-together, and I have this odd reticence... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning: I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larking And now he’s dead It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I'm going to be traveling this weekend, so am scheduling this post ahead of time. I don't have time to write anything much so have invited Dorothy L. Sayers to provide a guest post. This is from her little book Creed or Chaos? It's a collection of essays on faith-related... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
My LPs are in a closet with two sets of shelves, each six feet or so tall.. The closet has folding doors in a frame about four feet wide, and one set of shelves is against the back wall there. When you open the doors, you're looking at those shelves,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
ADLESTROP Yes. I remember Adlestrop— The name, because one afternoon Of heat the express-train drew up there Unwontedly. It was late June. The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat. No one left and no one came On the bare platform. What I saw Was Adlestrop—only the name And willows, willow-herb,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
First it was "the personal is the political." Now it's "the political is the personal." The politicization of everything, as this National Review writer describes it, is bad. But it's not mysterious. Consider these items from that piece: I fear that we shall go the way of The Nation’s Liza... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Speaking of (visual) art: I mentioned that there are some painters whose work I like. At the risk of marking myself as a clod, I will say that Andrew Wyeth is one of them. I can certainly understand that the contemporary art establishment would disparage him. That's all right; I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
AN OLD MAN'S WINTER NIGHT All out-of-doors looked darkly in at him Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars, That gathers on the pane in empty rooms. What kept his eyes from giving back the gaze Was the lamp tilted near them in his hand. What kept him from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I had a very strange experience last Friday night. Does everyone have the problem I have with "last" and "next" in this context? Today is Sunday. Does "last Friday" mean the day before yesterday, or a week before the day before yesterday? Similarly for "next." Anyway, I mean June 1,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THE PROPHET (translated by Maurice Baring) With fainting soul athirst for Grace, I wandered in a desert place, And at the crossing of the ways I saw the sixfold Seraph blaze: He touched mine eyes with fingers light As sleep that cometh in the night: And like a frighted eagle’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Impelled by conversations with a local friend and by Craig Burell's review, I decided to read Ross Douthat's To Change the Church, his assessment of the controversies surrounding Pope Francis. I hadn't wanted to; I explained why in this post a few weeks ago, so I won't repeat myself. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near your slightest look easily will unclose me though i have closed myself as fingers, you open... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Having been immersed in the world of medieval Scandinavia for a couple of weeks while reading The Master of Hestviken, I wanted to get more acquainted with its mythology. I knew the main figures and one or two stories, but had never read anything very systematic or complete. So I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Now, when you've read this poem, before you say or think "Why did he post this miserable depressing little poem?!?" read my comments following it. * HOME IS SO SAD Home is so sad. It stays as it was left, Shaped to the comfort of the last to go As... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Light On Dark Water