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Posts tagged ‘Poetry’

“We live on the leash of our senses.” ―Diane Ackerman

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Strain the leash or let the dogs out?

“It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.”

John Ruskin

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“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.” ―Hermann Hesse

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Is there gold in the tongue that I hold?

“Be silent, or say something better than silence.”

Pythagoras

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“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.” ―Jerome K. Jerome

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Idling settles the fluttering of the mind, inviting enlightenment.
Here is a koanic assist for beginners:

Three student idlers and their teacher are observing a flag in a breeze.
Each student is asked to describe his or her observation. “…And please
do not observe like a nincompoop,” the teacher warns, giving each
student a rap on the head with a stout rod as their cue to speak.

Student 1 goes, “Ow! I observe the breeze fluttering the flag.
Only a nincompoop would observe otherwise.”

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

Deepak Chopra

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“There’s something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images.” ―Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Silent talkies speak the language of black-and-white piano keys striking chords of recognition.

“She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.”

―Raymond Chandler, Goodbye, My Lovely

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“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” ―Werner Herzog

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How thin the ice we skate on
Like sails of plundered ships
How sheer the veil once frozen
Pale as a nun’s handkerchief

“In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Are you sure / That we are awake? / It seems to me / That yet we sleep, we dream.” —William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream


Midsummer Day, I dreamed I was late to meet a play date in a scene, and afraid to face my fate.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.

―William Shakespeare

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“Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.” ―Raymond Chandler

The frail was small, but she charged from the side and hit me with the mace. The way I bent and sprawled must have charmed her, for she opined: “You’re cute for a brute.” I bought it that day. Dents and all. But it never failed. So I give it pride of place and keep it shined. My armor suit from Dick’s Large & Tall.

“An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.

Raymond Chandler.

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“Social media is the new tribal fire, but human biology hasn’t changed in 50,000 years, unlike human technology.” ―Billi Gordon Ph.D., in Psychology Today

Neurochemically, the squirts of slavering juice triggered by approbations in social media, act like dinner bells in the part of our nervous system that works like Pavlov’s pup’s, and are as addictive as juicy bones scattered round the tribal fire.

“The Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) of the brain monitors social needs by releasing dopamine when we achieve social success and inspiring neurochemical deficits when we don’t. Tragically, social media is not the VTA’s friend.

Billi Gordon Ph.D.

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“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ―Friedrich Nietzsche

After the stork dropped us off, it took a walk. We followed in its footsteps.

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.

―Gwyn Thomas

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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” —Herodotus, translated by Professor George Herbert Palmer

Since Colonial days in America, ages before the Pony Express saddled up or the Spirit of St. Louis took off, Postal Service workers have been heroes of the people.

“The Postal Inspection Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the country, created in 1772—before the Declaration of Independence. Its mission is to protect and defend the nation’s mail system, and that includes elections.

Politico.com, Labor Day 2020

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