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Posts from the ‘Poetry’ Category

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” ―John F. Kennedy


Without candlepower, night is colorless. Only in the light of a flame, flaring within from near or far, are colors striking.

“The whole point is to live life and be – to use all the colors in the crayon box.”

RuPaul

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“Being able to breathe underwater would be sweet.” ―Cameron Bright


Even without the Japanese sound effects, a 17th-century haiku named for an amphibian, makes a big splash.

Old pond! / a frog jumps in / water’s sound

Frog haiku by Matsuo Bashō; English translation by Robert Aitken

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“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.” ―Arthur C. Clarke


Today’s lesson: The intellect is a classroom and wisdom a playroom.

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”

Joseph Chilton Pearce

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“If there is one place in the world people will want to come back to when they can travel again I honestly believe it will be Venice.” ―Mauro Tochi, Gondolier


Unlocking the sea gate, we slide into the lagoon of a hundred islands.

“…to slip beneath the surface and soar along the silent bottom of the sea agile and shining in water honeycombed with light.”

Ellen Meloy

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“Sometimes I find I’m wearing a divided, split brain in terms of drama and humor.” ―Ridley Scott


A good laugh splits your sides and face. So your guts and brains fall out.

“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.”

Edward de Bono

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Science Detectives Find Eden Where Adam and Eve Left It


 Ages before scientists traced the biblical Garden to the dark continent, Michelangelo painted “The Creation of Adam,” as if the first anatomically modern person were as pale as Pope Julius II, who paid for the job.

“The old master painter from the faraway hills
Painted the violets and the daffodills”

Haven Gillespie

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A poem with puns in praise of a lucky lamb in a pastoral picture, and words a good shepherd lives by


 A Lamb in Chic Clothing

Branded on a range not on a grill / Cooler in a pen than a pan

“It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.” Tiberius

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“Stand a little less between me and the sun.” ―Diogenes


From the ceiling beneath our feet, the skies seem frayed as faith at the end of days.

“If you’re looking down at Earth, you’re looking through an atmosphere that has a bit of haze in many places and not just occasional clouds.”

Buzz Aldrin

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“In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.” ―Phil Ochs


When a Peacemaker was a lawman’s six-shooter, trigger fingers made peace signs.

“And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun.”

Josephine Baker

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“We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?” ―John Kenneth Galbraith


Amazing science stories let us explore worlds far, far away, and discover strange life forms.

“Science fiction frees you to go anyplace and examine anything.”

Octavia E. Butler

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