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September 19th, 2005


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09:42 am - Add a poem or quote in the comments
Here's a project for you guys. fpb linked me to a post of his where he quoted a couple more Kipling poems, one of which I love but had forgotten about. I'm going to quote it here, and I'd love it if you guys could find a quote or poem you love and stick it in the comments.

Why? I'm just in a poetry/quotation mood, I guess. :-)

L'ENVOI

When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it -- lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew!

And those that were good shall be happy: they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets' hair;
They shall find real saints to draw from -- Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!

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From:jd3000
Date:September 19th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
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"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." ~ Mohandas Gandhi
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh, excellent.
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From:fpb
Date:September 19th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)

Even by Chesterton's standards, this is sublime

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A Prayer in Darkness

G.K.Chesterton

This much, O heaven--if I should brood or rave,
Pity me not; but let the world be fed,
Yea, in my madness if I strike me dead,
Heed you the grass that grows upon my grave.

If I dare snarl between this sun and sod,
Whimper and clamour, give me grace to own,
In sun and rain and fruit in season shown,
The shining silence of the scorn of God.

Thank God the stars are set beyond my power,
If I must travail in a night of wrath,
Thank God my tears will never vex a moth,
Nor any curse of mine cut down a flower.

Men say the sun was darkened: yet I had
Thought it beat brightly, even on--Calvary:
And He that hung upon the Torturing Tree
Heard all the crickets singing, and was glad.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 20th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Even by Chesterton's standards, this is sublime

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I wonder how I've never read GKC's poetry before. He almost sounds like Gerard Manly Hopkins, in his phrasing ("the shining silence of the scorn of God").

Thanks.
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From:fpb
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Even by Chesterton's standards, this is sublime

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It is very variable, both in form and in quality. But the best is the most underrated, not excluding Kipling, in the English poetic canon.
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From:fpb
Date:September 19th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)

And another - dammit, this is too good to leave out

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Eternities

by G.K. Chesterton


I cannot count the pebbles in the brook.
Well hath He spoken: "Swear not by thy head.
Thou knowest not the hairs," though He, we read,
Writes that wild number in His own strange book.

I cannot count the sands or search the seas,
Death cometh, and I leave so much untrod.
Grant my immortal aureole, O my God,
And I will name the leaves upon the trees,

In heaven I shall stand on gold and glass,
Still brooding earth's arithmetic to spell;
Or see the fading of the fires of hell
Ere I have thanked my God for all the grass.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 19th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
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History Lesson

History repeats itself.
Has to.
No-one listens.

-- Steve Turner
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 20th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Heh. So true.
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From:lizamanynames
Date:September 19th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)

Story for a rainy day

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maybe I should tell you
&
your freind
what happened to a young man gone astray

maybe I should tell you
&
your friend
so that perhaps you will not ever run away

maybe I should tell you
&
your freind
something else and save my story for a rainy day

-S. Allan Mann (obscure Manitoban poet of the 1970's)
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From:scorptilicus
Date:September 20th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates other." -Nelson Mandela
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From:whitemartyr
Date:September 20th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
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I LOVE this quote. I have it on my wall. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 20th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not darkness that frightens us."

Translation: We fear failing the light we see within us.
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From:whitemartyr
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)

Alright, I'm afraid! But it's an irrational fear!

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Wow, huh. I've never thought of it that way. So true...SOOO true.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 21st, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Alright, I'm afraid! But it's an irrational fear!

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*grin*

Hey, you added an additional quote! Cool.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:September 20th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
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When asked for a poem, I usually respond with my childhood favorite:


ELETELEPHONY

by Laura E. Richards

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant...
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone...
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)

Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee...
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!!!!!)
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 20th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Awww! I haven't heard that in a long time. *cue childhood nostalgia*

Thank you!
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From:whitemartyr
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)

Some quotes from me (and one poem)

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"However long the night, the dawn will break." - African Proverb

"My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then." - Lord Byron

"Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire -- in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?" - Lord Byron

"Adversity is the first path to truth." - Lord Byron

"One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them." - Virginia Woolf

"These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism." - Virginia Woolf

And finally because I haven't read this poem in a while and just did and remembered now dearly I love it:

And Death Shall Have No Dominion
by Dylan Thomas

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead mean naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Through they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.
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From:jd3000
Date:September 20th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Some quotes from me (and one poem)

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"My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then." - Lord Byron

Ha! I like this. I resemble this remark.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 21st, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Some quotes from me (and one poem)

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Oh my word. Seriously, I completely forgot that "though lovers be lost, love shall not, and death shall have no dominion" was from a Dylan Thomas piece. Even when I sent you that journal entry/letter, I didn't remember.

The little God-things....

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