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Old 05-15-2008, 09:04 AM   #16
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W.C. Williams? I'd rather read Skysidhe here:
http://cellar.org/showthread.php?t=14833&page=25
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:04 AM   #17
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There are so many emotions at the end of the season. And nobody likes to talk about it. But one of them is fear. Fear that you've come this far and it could lal end. The dream could die. But me, I like the fear. It means I'm close. It means, I'm ready.
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:44 AM   #18
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thanks spud

"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking."

Sir Walter Scott


All countries serving in Iraq
http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita..._coalition.htm
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:53 AM   #19
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Reminded me of todays media

A Legend of Truth

Once on a time, the ancient legends tell,
Truth, rising from the bottom of her well,
Looked on the world, but, hearing how it lied,
Returned to her seclusion horrified.
There she abode, so conscious of her worth,
Not even Pilate's Question called her forth,
Nor Galileo, kneeling to deny
The Laws that hold our Planet 'neath the sky.
Meantime, her kindlier sister, whom men call
Fiction, did all her work and more than all,
With so much zeal, devotion, tact, and care,
That no one noticed Truth was otherwhere.

Then came a War when, bombed and gassed and mined,
Truth rose once more, perforce, to meet mankind,
And through the dust and glare and wreck of things,
Beheld a phantom on unbalanced wings,
Reeling and groping, dazed, dishevelled, dumb,
But semaphoring direr deeds to come.

Truth hailed and bade her stand; the quavering shade
Clung to her knees and babbled, "Sister, aid!
I am--I was--thy Deputy, and men
Besought me for my useful tongue or pen
To gloss their gentle deeds, and I complied,
And they, and thy demands, were satisfied.
But this--" she pointed o'er the blistered plain,
Where men as Gods and devils wrought amain--
"This is beyond me! Take thy work again."

Tablets and pen transferred, she fled afar,
And Truth assumed the record of the War...
She saw, she heard, she read, she tried to tell
Facts beyond precedent and parallel--
Unfit to hint or breathe, much less to write,
But happening every minute, day and night.
She called for proof. It came. The dossiers grew.
She marked them, first, "Return. This can't be true."
Then, underneath the cold official word:
"This is not really half of what occurred."

She faced herself at last, the story runs,
And telegraphed her sister: "Come at once.
Facts out of hand. Unable overtake
Without your aid. Come back for Truth's own sake!
Co-equal rank and powers if you agree.
They need us both, but you far more than me!"
Rudyard Kipling
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:31 AM   #20
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I've been looking for a poem I read at school for years.
I don't know the title, the first line or the poet - so anthology indexes don't help.

The scattered phrases I remember don't come up on Google.
I'm a bit lost, and anyone offering help will have my undying gratitude.

The subject is Winter. It's set in England (specific geography is mentioned) so it's likely an English poet. It's quite bleak in a beautiful way - whic is perfect for the subject.

Snippets:
"From Salisbury Plain to [something] Tor, the hills are islands in a sea of fog"
"The moon, impassive as a fish's eye"
"The stars have got their flick-knives out"

I know it's not much. But if anyone knows of a great poetry finder...?
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:53 AM   #21
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This was originally published as you see it here, with my son's picture, far away in another galaxy......(From memory)


My eyes are like rockets
They catch each fleeting flick,
Nothing can escape me
I'm cunning, I'm slick

I can outrun a wildcat
match it bound for bound,
It would take forty wranglers
just to tie me down

I fear no being
I'm brave and I'm bold,
I'm king of the mountain
I'm three years old.

[Clell West]
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:15 AM   #22
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great photo Juanco



Luxuriant days of hope
Obsessed nights of lustful energy
Virgin minds sown together
Exasperated Humanity

by Gary Hess
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:59 AM   #23
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"The Lanyard"
by Billy Collins

The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
off the pale blue walls of this room,
bouncing from typrewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.

No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one more suddenly into the past --
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.

I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that's what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sickroom,
lifted teaspoons of medicine to my lips,
set cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light

and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
adn two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift -- not the archaic truth

that you can never repay your mother,
but the ruefl admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hands,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:13 AM   #24
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Dover Beach

The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Agaean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.


Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.


--Matthew Arnold

Emphasized the part I love.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:07 PM   #25
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Choco, thank you for posting that. I have expressed my extreme dislike of all poetry before... but I really liked that one.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:07 PM   #26
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The Lanyard is one of those poems that I figured every Cellar parent would be able to relate to.

Billy Collins is by far my favorite poet -- I highly recommend his stuff even if you don't usually like poetry.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:40 PM   #27
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End of Summer
by James Richardson


Just an uncommon lull in the traffic
so you hear some guy in an apron, sleeves rolled up,
with his brusque sweep brusque sweep of the sidewalk,
and the slap shut of a too thin rental van,
and I told him no a gust has snatched from a conversation
and brought to you, loud.

It would be so different
if any of these were missing is the feeling
you always have on the first day of autumn,
no, the first day you think of autumn, when somehow

the sun singling out high windows,
a waiter settling a billow of white cloth
with glasses and silver, and the sparrows
shattering to nowhere are the Summer
waving that here is where it turns
and will no longer be walking with you,

traveller, who now leave all of this behind,
carrying only what it has made of you.
Already the crowds seem darker and more hurried
and the slang grows stranger and stranger,
and you do not understand what you love,
yet here, rounding a corner in mild sunset,
is the world again, wide-eyed as a child
holding up a toy even you can fix.

How light your step
down the narrowing avenue to the cross streets,
October, small November, barely legible December.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:42 PM   #28
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Help me choose -- whose poetry would you choose for a paper:
Mary Oliver
Galway Kinnell
Seamus Heaney
or Rita Dove?
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:11 PM   #29
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Help me choose -- whose poetry would you choose for a paper:
Mary Oliver
Galway Kinnell
Seymore Heiny
or Rita Dove?

Fixed it for ya'.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:19 PM   #30
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Id rather be thin than famous,
I dont wanta be fat,
And a woman throws me outta bed
Callin me Gordo, & everytime
I bend
to pickup
my suspenders
from the davenport
floor I explode
loud huge grunt-o
and disgust
every one
in the familio

Id rather be thin than famous
But Im fat

Paste that in yr. Broadway Show

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