"The Winter Waltz"
Stories of Hearts thawed Cold
"A Child's Disregard"
Based on the poem "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
The Equation For A Broken Heart
Based on the poem "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke
"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he'd call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,
Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?
"My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.
We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.
The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.
You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.
"Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt."
A line from "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke
Our Crest- fallen Pasts Remembered
"What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?"
A line from "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden