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I can't keep falling forever

what will you leave us this time?

Douglas Turner Ward wrote a satirical play in 1965 called "Day of Absence", which shows what happens when all the blacks in a southern town suddenly disappear (lots of chaos occurs, the whites realize they just cannot get anything done without the town's black residents helping them, side by side.) It was a hit back then, and has continued through a half-century; a recent revival in NYC was staged only four months ago.

At Evergreen, there's been a co-celebration of Day of Absence and Day of Presence, expanded here to include multicultural and multisexual points of view; the 2017 ones were held last week in front of the libe and the writing center... the pics are from Saturday 14th. Lots of singing and dancing. LOUD singing and dancing:

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The Senior Citizen student went out there and busted some whirlyDervish moves in step with dancers 50 years younger, and he did solos... so it is a multigenerational party too!IMG_4832 (2) songbird oh very young.JPG

And there's a backstory echoing with the young multi-heritage lady (who's Ki's height.) She not only sat on the table but danced off it, a really powerful and engaging voice and presence. The title of this post is from a Cat Stevens song of 1974 (mostly the last stanza:)

"...Oh very young,
What will you leave us this time?
There'll never be a better chance to change your mind,
And if you want this world to see a better day,
Will you carry the words of a love with you?
Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?
And though you want to last forever
You know you never will,
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still.
You're only dancing on this earth for a short while,
And though your dreams may toss and turn you now...
What will you leave us this time?"


The song also has lyrics about faded jeans and vanishing away.

As though I needed any closer echoes of Ki, here was a photo maven clicking away, recording shot after shot... with a Canon EOS-70D... Ki creates each of her Evergreen photos with Canon EOS equipment as well. As I do:

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Wearing a couple cams, she's showing her neighbor, who's been singing too --- there were eight mikes --- showing her a preview of a new pic. She's also showing a baby bump, another creation of love.

Soyeah, April 14, yesterday, was all about energy, life, love, and creativity. April 14, nine years ago, was too.

Don't know about this not-lasting-forever stuff. Especially here, this day, and all days.

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