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“At the typewriter you find out who you are.”—Tom Robbins

My Blue Pencil 1

When Underwood dings
I stop typing till
I’m done sharpening
My B
lue Pencil

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

—Mark Twain

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“My life is a mosaic, and there’s no room in between pieces at all.”—Marcia Clark

Mosaic Mile 1

They meet by serendipity,
in a surreal mirage of tile;
paired and spared for eternity,
to stand on the mosaic mile.

What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.

—Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” —Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Bard's Honest Truth 1

Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark tells his scholarly pal, Horatio, of encountering a talking ghost wearing his late father’s armor and crown: an absurdity undreamt in Horatio’s philosophy, with which he is endowed by the enlightened rational faculty of the Bard of Avon.

Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.

—Ambrose Bierce

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“The mind is like an umbrella. It’s most useful when open.” —Walter Gropius

Stoic Umbrella 1

Won’t flip inside-out in a gust
Nor flap like a gull in a gale
Impassively as iron rusts
The stoic umbrella prevails

Let a smile be your umbrella, and you’ll end up with a face full of rain.

—George Carlin

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“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

Miraculous Way 1


Miraculous is the way
To view the mystery displayed
Upon the screen of all we survey

Let us make our hearts as big as an ocean, to go beyond all the trifles of the world and see it only as a picture.

—Swami Vivekenanda

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“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” —Charles M. Schulz

Round the bipedal ring
A slotted loop of links
Clacks tandem wheels in sync
Reels the scenery screen

It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.

—Heinz Stucke

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“Who tells a finer tale than any of us. Silence does.” —Isak Dinesen

The tone of gloaming fog
A horn croaks like a frog
A long low silent moan
A windblown hollow log

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech as shallow as time.

—Thomas Carlyle

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“A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment.” –Indian proverb

Human Invention 1

In the preface of history
Humans are made with invention
By the grace of their deities
The sublime in their perfection

The contented man can be happy with what appears to be useless.

—Hung Ko

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“To become a philosopher, start by walking very slowly.” —Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Curling a toe
At the pace of the light
Creeping up the face of the night
As owls hoot and cocks crow
Commences the first step
In the art of the flaneur

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presence may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.

—James Douglas

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“I never saw a painting that would not be improved by the addition of tropical fish.” —John Cooper Clarke

One need not be golden to be pretty, but if not being pretty, one is being seafood.

Sometimes, when the water is quiet, you can almost hear the fish laughing at you.


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