Monday, May 19, 2008

Geezer fun.

The jigsaw puzzle.

It's hard to me for imagine an activity better suited for the Retirement Home.

Other than stooping to retrieve the occasional fallen piece from the floor, there's no physical activity involved, and therefore, no real reason to have to ratchet up the oxygen feed. As a matter of fact, it is entirely acceptable to just sit and stare at an unassembled puzzle for hours on end.

Any activity that includes sitting and staring must have been invented just for me. As far as I'm concerned, economy of movement is key when choosing a new leisurely pursuit.

And, unlike a crossword puzzle, which might increase my vocabulary, or a Suduku designed to improve logical thinking, there don't seem to be any particular intellectual benefits to jigsaw puzzle solving.

Which is also fine by me.

So that's where I've been lately--ignoring all forms of self-improvement, neglecting my writing and eschewing physical exercise--parked in front of a partially completed picture of black and white milk cows making their way back to the barn by way of a rustic covered bridge.

Completely lost in spots and udders.

For the text of James Merrill's Lost in Translation, a puzzle hidden in a poem about a puzzle, click here.

Photo by Arvydas.

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