Favorite Books and Good Reads
I have to admit, I'm not much of a short story reader. I so often feel that I've just begun to sink my teeth into the story or characters when someone snatches the sandwich out of my suddenly bereft maw. And exception to this frustration is a collection of short stories by Los Angeles writer Evgenia Citkowitz. In her collection of short stories entitled, Ether, Mme Citkowitz is able to both whet my appetite and satisfy my craving. Each story is so crazy but true that the book cannot help but make you laugh and nod with understanding. And best of all, the writing is so expertly crafted that it is a sheer delight to read.
The Things We Dare Not Tell
The fields are fair in autumn yet, and the sun's still shining there,
But we bow our heads and we brood and fret, because of the masks we wear;
Or we nod and smile the social while, and we say we're doing well,
But we break our hearts, oh, we break our hearts! for the things we must not tell.
There's the old love wronged ere the new was won, there's the light of long ago;
There's the cruel lie that we suffer for, and the public must not know.
So we go through life with a ghastly mask, and we're doing fairly well,
While they break our hearts, oh, they kill our hearts! do the things we must not tell.
We see but pride in a selfish breast, while a heart is breaking there;
Oh, the world would be such a kindly world if all men's hearts lay bare!
We live and share the living lie, we are doing very well,
While they eat our hearts as the years go by, do the things we dare not tell.
We bow us down to a dusty shrine, or a temple in the East,
Or we stand and drink to the world-old creed, with the coffins at the feast;
We fight it down, and we live it down, or we bear it bravely well,
But the best men die of a broken heart for the things they cannot tell.
By: Henry Lawson
(Beautiful poem, but it does kind of make you wonder what Mr. Lawson was hiding!)