The Lovers’ Almanac 13 November – Once Found – Keep Breathin’ – Robert Louis Stevenson & Fanny Osbourne

Dear Zazie,  Here is today’s Lovers’ Almanac from Mac Tag dedicated to his muse.  Whatever comes your way, keep breathin’, keep dreamin’.  Rhett

The Lovers’ Almanac

Dear Muse,

alternate reality stream…
trust your cape
enter the rhapsody

remember when,
from mornin’ break,
beyond the light,
never a day too long
to take time
to make it right

ardent thoughts
often cross the mind,
a time not to forget,
what was once found

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Cowboy poet from mornin’ break
Wrote ’til the close of light,
Never a day too long to make
One word or sentence right

 

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Today is the birthday of Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (Edinburgh 13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894 Vailima, Samoan Islands); Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.  Perhaps best know for his novels; Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the most translated authors in the world.  His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Emilio Salgari, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.”

fannystevensonFanny_Osbourne_1Stevenson was a sickly, moderately successful poet, essayist and travel writer, livin’ in France, when he fell in love with a woman after one look at her.  (Sounds like a friend of Jett!)  He was passin’ by the window of a house one night when he looked inside and fell instantly in love with a woman he saw eatin’ dinner with a group of her friends.  Stevenson stood there starin’ at her, and then opened the window and leapt inside.  The guests were shocked, but Stevenson just bowed and introduced himself.  The woman was an American named Fanny Osbourne, and she was unhappily married (another friend of Jett!).  After a few months in Europe, she returned to California, and Stevenson decided to drop everything and go persuade her to divorce her husband and marry him.  He collapsed on her doorstep.  She divorced her husband, and they were married and moved back to Scotland.  Stevenson wrote a poem that served as inspiration for the Lyrics of the Day and that inspired the Song of the Day.  First Stevenson’s poem then the lyrics, then the song.  To Stevenson, love at first sight and you.

To the Muse

Resign the rhapsody, the dream,
To men of larger reach;
Be ours the quest of a plain theme,
The piety of speech.

As monkish scribes from morning break
Toiled till the close of light,
Nor thought a day too long to make
One line or letter bright:

We also with an ardent mind,
Time, wealth, and fame forgot,
Our glory in our patience find
And skim, and skim the pot:

Till last, when round the house we hear
The evensong of birds,
One corner of blue heaven appear
In our clear well of words.

Leave, leave it then, muse of my heart!
Sans finish and sans frame,
Leave unadorned by needless art
The picture as it came.

Keep Breathin’

Alternate reality stream:
Trust your cape, take a breath
Enter the rhapsody, the dream
Breathin’ beyond love’s death

Remember when, from mornin’ break,
Lovin’ beyond the light,
Never a day too long to take
Time to make lovin’ right

Ardent thoughts often cross the mind,
A time not to forget,
What was once found then left behind
Now time full of regret

So, within the vision to hear
Breathin’, faster, urgent
To be to that passion so near
Is to know contentment

Leave, leave it then, muse of my heart
Keep breathin’, keep dreamin’,
Leave, take your totem and depart
Enter my dream streamin’

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The Song of the Day is “Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson

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  1. [...] Kidnapped (1886), and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886).  Stevenson married once, Frances (Fanny) Matilda Van de…

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