Monday Recommends and Nail Art: Trees

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One of my favorite poets is Robert Francis. He was a contemporary of Robert Frost, who sucked all the oxygen out of the room for most other poets of his time. A writing teacher went outside the anthologies to introduce us to Francis, and I’ll be forever grateful. Here’s one of my favorites of his:

by Robert Francis

At noon they talk of evening and at evening
Of night, but what they say at night
Is a dark secret.

Somebody long ago called them the Trees
Of Death and they have never forgotten.
The name enchants them.

Always an attitude of solitude
To point the paradox of standing
Alone together.

How many years they have been teaching birds
In little schools, by little skills,
How to be shadows.

So, in honor of that poem, here are my nails for this week:

The base color is a metallic green. The leaves in the background are orange. The trees are a very dark brown called Acorn.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Monday Recommends and Nail Art: Trees

  1. Dan Antion

    November 27, 2023 at 7:09am

    I can’t Like this post (never loads) but I do. I also like that poem and those nails. I don’t remember that poet, but maybe I’ll look around.

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      Marian Allen

      November 28, 2023 at 9:41am

      I changed a setting, so I’m hoping the Like button loads now. Please let me know. Robert Francis is often called the best little-known poet of his generation. I’ll share another of his sometime.

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  2. Darlene

    November 27, 2023 at 7:12am

    The poem is wonderful. And your nails are fabulous. A work of art. Can’t like either but it seems to be a WordPress glitch.

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      Marian Allen

      November 28, 2023 at 9:41am

      Thanks, Darlene! Nails are so easy to do with Maniology stamping.

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