what charley talks about when he talks about life


With apologies to Whitman:

Starting from sack-shape Saudi Arabia, where I was born, Well-begotten, and raised by a perfect mother and father; After roaming many lands — lover of populous pavements; Dweller in Louisville, city of horses, my city, — or on southern savannas; Or a trekker camped, or carrying my backpack and compass — or an hourly worker for the SF Giants; Or rude in my home in Western Kentucky’s woods, my diet catfish, my drink from the bourbon spring; Or withdrawn to muse and meditate in some deep recess, Far from the clank of crowds, intervals passing, rapt and happy; Aware of the fresh free giver, the flowing Tennessee — aware of mighty Alaska, Aware of the bison herds, grazing the plains — the hirsute and strong-breasted bull; Of earths, rocks, fifth-month flowers, experienced — stars, rain, snow, my amaze; Having studied the mocking-bird’s tones, and the mountain hawk’s, And heard at dusk the unrivaled one, the hermit thrush, from the swamp-cedars, Solitary, singing in the West, I strike up for a New World.

The superfecta is a type of wager in parimutuel betting in which the bettor, in order to win, must pick the first four finishers of a race in the correct sequence. Every year, a few college buddies and myself chase the superfecta on the Kentucky Derby and every year we come close, nauseatingly close. And every year, I lose my voice encouraging this dream to come true. This blog is dedicated to dreams — both sharred and personal, important and frivolous, attainable or not — as we all strike up for a better world. My name is Charley and thanks for reading.


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