May 5th, 2007

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Holiday greetings

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Just in case you were wondering, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
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Poet's Corner: Sonnet

Sonnet

Philip worships me and I abhor him;
Leonard hates me; and for him I yearn;
for him who would desire me not, I'm weeping,
and him who weeps for me I always spurn.

To him who'd shame me most, my soul I offer;
him who'd sacrifice for me, I shame;
I scorn him who'd exalt my reputation,
of him who'd scorn it, I exalt the name.

If I complain that one of them offends me,
the other censures me for some offense;
in either case I suffer in my task,

for each of them wreaks torture on my feelings:
the latter asking for what I don't have;
the former by not having what I ask.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (c. 1648 – 1695)
Translated and © 1995 by Alix Ingber

This poem can be read in its original language here.