Wednesday, February 9, 2011

when you wish upon a star

Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

Alice Walker (b. 9 february 1944) writer, poet, novelist
from Revolutionary Petunias & Other Poems (1973)

wall wednesday continues!

today's wall is of a mural on the side of lynn's deli in cleveland. I met lynn and one of her customers on friday when dixie and I were off on our wander.

the man in the mural is "king george," lynn's father, who established the deli. when he passed away lynn took over. as to the identity of the girl there seems to be a bit of dispute - lynn's customer claims that the painting is none other than lynn herself when she was a young girl. however, lynn denies that the girl is her - she said it is a portrait of a nigerian girl from the neighborhood. well, regardless all four faces make me smile!!

along with specializing and providing customers with homemade ribs, bbq and wings, lynn's deli also serves as a corner store and sells a variety of goods.

lynn's deli is located at 8215 hough avenue, a tad bit west of the thurgood marshall rec center which is the future home of anna arnold's mural the storyteller . I actually thought anna's mural was up which is why dixie and I were in the neighborhood, however, I was far from disappointed in not finding it, if I wasn't there, I wouldn't have met lynn nor would I have run across today's featured wall. now I get to go back once anna installs her mural and hopefully get a chance to sample some of lynn's wings or ribs!

when you wish upon a star, vid by louisa, using a louis armstrong version of the song,accompanied by scenes from the disney classic pinocchio. coincidentally, the film was released nationwide on february 9th, 1940 and was the 2nd film in the walt disney animated classics series (which continues to this day)


Tom said...

mmm.ribs sounds good on this cold cold day. i like the fish in pinnochio, and the bigggg fish as well

Meri said...

Love the mural and even more that you found entertainment when the mural you thought you were going to see was still unveiled.

Betsy Brock said...

Love the by surprise. What a very delightful outlook! Lynn's deli sounds like a fun place...neat to hear about her dad and the mural!

karen said... I really feel old. I remember Pinocchio like it was yesterday. Thanks for you well wishes for Jake...he has improved some.
Nice mural and history to go with it.

Betty Carlson said...

I just love that song -- it always makes me feel like crying though, even though the message is optimistic. I guess at some point we realize that wishing on stars doesn't work, though.

Alan Burnett said...

This is a great series. Such mural walls are rare in this country where a dislike of the spontaneous and the unofficial still rules supreme.

Tess Kincaid said...

Now, I must go read more Alice Walker...

(fabulous photo)