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Offline Brintte

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« Reply #30 on: 05/26/15, 02:41:58 PM »
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It's part song/part poem, but it's beautiful and an inspiration I use.

Goodbye may seem forever
From "The Fox and the Hound"
Composed by Richard Rich and Jeffrey C. Patch

We met, it seems, such a short time ago
You looked at me - needing me so
Yet from your sadness
Our happiness grew
And I found out I needed you too

I remember how we used to play
I recall those rainy days
The fire's glow
That kept us warm
And now I find - we're both alone

Goodbye may seem forever
Farewell is like the end
But in my heart's a memory
And there you'll always be

Goodbye may seem forever
Farewell is like the end
But in my heart's a memory
And there you'll always be

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« Reply #31 on: 05/27/15, 04:12:04 AM »
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Bluebird



there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.


there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?




--Charles Bukowski

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« Reply #32 on: 07/23/15, 08:00:42 AM »
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((Been under a lot of stress lately for various reasons. This poem has been helpful for me this morning to walk into the unknown and into vulnerability with a view of what's beyond me.))

A Reward
by Denise Levertov

Tired and hungry, late in the day, impelled
to leave the house and search for what
might lift me back to what I had fallen away from,
I stood by the shore waiting.
I had walked in the silent woods:
the trees withdrew into their secrets.
Dusk was smoothing breadths of silk
over the lake, watery amethyst fading to gray.
Ducks were clustered in sleeping companies
afloat on their element as I was not
on mine. I turned homeward, unsatisfied.
But after a few steps, I paused, impelled again
to linger, to look North before nightfall—the expanse
of calm, of calming water, last wafts
of rose in the few high clouds.
And was rewarded:
the heron, unseen for weeks, came flying
widewinged toward me, settled
just offshore on his post,
took up his vigil.
                               If you ask
why this cleared a fog from my spirit,
I have no answer.

“A Reward” by Denise Levertov from Evening Train. © New Directions, 1992.

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« Reply #33 on: 07/24/15, 04:05:45 AM »
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O for a voice like thunder, and a tongue
To drown the throat of war!
When the senses
Are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness,
Who can stand?
When the souls of the oppressed
Fight in the troubled air that rages, who can stand?
When the whirlwind of fury comes from the
Throne of God, when the frowns of his countenance
Drive the nations together, who can stand?
When Sin claps his broad wings over the battle,
And sails rejoicing in the flood of Death;
When souls are torn to everlasting fire,
And friends of Hell rejoice upon the slain,
O who can stand? O who hath caused this?
O who can answer at the throne of God?
The Kings and Nobles of the Land have done it!
Hear it not, Heaven, thy Ministers have done it!
--William Blake

(Listen to it being spoken, with music accompanied by Lorenna McKennit, here: https://youtu.be/X0zyYbsLJ1M)

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« Reply #34 on: 08/13/15, 02:47:39 PM »
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((Slightly different from my usual nature-themed ones, but powerful nonetheless:))

Who Said It Was Simple
BY AUDRE LORDE

There are so many roots to the tree of anger   
that sometimes the branches shatter   
before they bear.

Sitting in Nedicks
the women rally before they march   
discussing the problematic girls   
they hire to make them free.
An almost white counterman passes   
a waiting brother to serve them first   
and the ladies neither notice nor reject   
the slighter pleasures of their slavery.   
But I who am bound by my mirror   
as well as my bed
see causes in colour
as well as sex

and sit here wondering   
which me will survive   
all these liberations.


“Who Said It Was Simple” from From a Land Where Other People Live. Copyright © 1973 by Audre Lorde.

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« Reply #35 on: 08/15/15, 08:09:42 AM »
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Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963


 Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

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« Reply #36 on: 08/20/15, 11:48:23 PM »
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A Ritual To Read To Each Other
by William Stafford

If you don’t know the kind of person I am
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
storming out to play through the broken dyke.

And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail,
but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe—
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

“A Ritual To Read To Each Other” by William Stafford from Stories That Could Be True. © Harper & Row, 1982.

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« Reply #37 on: 08/21/15, 08:35:19 PM »
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    "I will not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    I will face my fear.
    I will let it pass through me.
    Where the fear has gone,
    there shall be nothing.
    Only I will remain."

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« Reply #38 on: 08/24/15, 08:26:28 AM »
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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
By T. S. Eliot




Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question ...
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.


In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.
[...]

Read the full poem here!

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« Reply #39 on: 08/24/15, 12:07:05 PM »
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Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.



A poem I read in high school that I always enjoyed.  It is by Robert Frost.

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« Reply #40 on: 08/26/15, 05:29:48 AM »
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He hath bethought him of bitter cold immoderate,
and yet hath not destroyed the beauty of thy fountains,
nor of thy clear pools.

Behold the snow, and the cunning work of Frost!

[He] hath devised heats and fire without restraint,
and hath not dried up thy desire
nor utterly quelled the music of the sea.

Behold rather the height and glory of the clouds,
and the everchanging mists;
and listen to the fall of rain upon the Earth!

And in these clouds thou art drawn nearer to [...]
thy friend, whom thou lovest.

(With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien; brackets mine.)
« Last Edit: 08/26/15, 05:33:32 AM by Semah »

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School Prayer
by Diane Ackerman

In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

I will honor all life
—wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell—on Earth my home,
and in the mansions of the stars.

“School Prayer” by Diane Ackerman from I Praise My Destroyer. © Vintage Books, 2000.

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« Reply #42 on: 10/28/15, 06:20:47 AM »
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You moved to turn off the light.

I remember nothing more of that moment.
Only awakening in the middle of the night
                                     do I remember well

and finding my head in the small arc of your back
and feeling the warmness of you swell upon my forehead.
Lying very still and warm
praying that morning might be late
just this once...late.

Suddenly I cannot remember
the color of your eyes or the things we said
       as we stood together for the last time.

Suddenly my mind is blurred
trees are not important anymore
                                    they are only trees.

- Rod McKuen "In Search of Eros"
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« Reply #43 on: 10/28/15, 08:27:43 AM »
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They say a man should never cry
and poetry's best seen as woman's art;

that Frost or Whitman's crimes of verse
could somehow cause our modern Rome to fall.

But I recall my father's eyes
I saw how blue they were, before he died.

  -- Anonymous

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From a Country Overlooked
by Tom Hennen

There are no creatures you cannot love.
A frog calling at God
From the moon-filled ditch
As you stand on the country road in the June night.
The sound is enough to make the stars weep
With happiness.
In the morning the landscape green
Is lifted off the ground by the scent of grass.
The day is carried across its hours
Without any effort by the shining insects
That are living their secret lives.
The space between the prairie horizons
Makes us ache with its beauty.
Cottonwood leaves click in an ancient tongue
To the farthest cold dark in the universe.
The cottonwood also talks to you
Of breeze and speckled sunlight.
You are at home in these
great empty places
along with red-wing blackbirds and sloughs.
You are comfortable in this spot
so full of grace and being
that it sparkles like jewels
spilled on water.

“From a Country Overlooked” by Tom Hennen from Darkness Sticks to Everything. © Copper Canyon Press, 2013.

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