Thursday, January 10, 2008

some quotes, and a poem

"Old age equalizes--we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world."
-Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition

Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from.
-Honore De Balzac

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

-Alexander Pope

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.
-Carlos Castenada

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The stars are
Although I do not sing
About them--
The sky and the trees
Are indifferent
To whom they please
The rose is unmoved
By my nose
And the garland in your hair
Although your eyes be lakes, dies

Why sigh for a star
Better bay at the moon
Better bay at the moon
Oh moon, moon, moon

Samuel Menashe, "The Stars Are"

Unsolicited criticism of the foregoing poem: AFAIC, the poem was going great, and then ground to a halt with a great crashing of gears. Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

5 Comments:

At Thu Jan 10, 11:15:00 PM PST, Blogger jay are said...

it's funny you say that about the poem because I was kind of thinking along the same lines. It was all going along so nicely and then suddenly I was in a different lane and reading a different poem. Oh well.... :)

Thanks for sharing. Those were great.

 
At Fri Jan 11, 12:16:00 AM PST, Blogger si said...

agree about the poem -- seemed like 2 different poems (or maybe 2 different poets).

 
At Fri Jan 11, 01:49:00 PM PST, Blogger bryan torre said...

i've read the poem several times now. i'm speculating that maybe the sudden tone-change was, like, the point or something.
i mean, he's all philosophical and think-y and then all of a sudden he realizes it doesn't matter because we're powerless and ephemeral and so he just gives up and gets all baying and kind of language-retarded and everything.

 
At Fri Jan 11, 01:54:00 PM PST, Blogger unca said...

Ditto to all these comments.

 
At Sat Jan 12, 10:14:00 PM PST, Blogger jay aitch said...

definitely crashes there at the end....

 

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