April 16th, 2008

April 15

All year long the money disappears from your check,
but it's cash you never had, so you don't feel the pain.

But then you have to file, and it finally hits your brain,
and you think long and hard, and you ask what the heck,
how did all those dollars go swirling down the drain?

Out of Africa

We read Out of Africa, by Isak Dineson, for book club.

Isak Dineson was the pen name of Karen Blixen.

Out of Africa
is her memoir about her days in colonial Kenya, trying to make a living by running a coffee farm, while having a lot of fun with a certain big game hunter. Eventually the coffee venture goes belly up, and she has to leave.

It's not in the book, but she came back to Europe and became a famous writer. Writing sentences like this:
There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne - bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.
Some of the book club members didn't like her imperious attitude, and perhaps distrusted her wild ways. But all agreed she wrote like a dream.

Karen Blixen,
arrogant vixen,
lost her land
but turned her hand
to cultivating prose
that flows
like song.