The Green and Slender Willow
Shostakovich, Six Romances on words by Japanese
poets, op. 21 for tenor and orchestra. The
current poem is called An immodest glance and reads (in English):
The green and slender willow
had her swaying trunk laid bare,
when the wind blew, and drew
the branches aside.
And today, my beloved,
I glimpsed your legs,
when the wind blew
and played with your light dress.
Racy stuff, classical music, you know!
The makers of the computer games Thief (and its sequel,
memorably called Thief II) have gone
out of business.
I would have liked to have written yesterday, in order to help clear
the entry deficit but my computer was down and out
all morning and receiving the ministrations of a qualified
professional (i.e., not me!).