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    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
    Yes!!!!!Love WBY

    Here's my favorite, posted the whole poem

    When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
    And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
    Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,
    And loved your beauty with love false or true,
    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

    And bending down beside the glowing bars,
    Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
    And paced upon the mountains overhead
    And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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    Here's a great one for a sun kissed day like today

    maggie and millie and molly and may
    went down to the beach (to play one day)

    and maggie discovered a shell that sang
    so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

    millie befriended a stranded star
    who's rays five languid fingers were;

    and molly was chased by a horrible thing
    which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

    may came home with a smooth round stone
    as small as a world and as large as alone.

    for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
    it's always ourselves we find in the sea.

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    this one is on a grave near my home,
    pause now stranger as you pass by
    for as you are now so once was i
    and as i am now so you will be
    so prepare for death and follow me
    eddyville

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    Of all the things that I have seen,
    It seems to me most strange that men should fear death -
    A necessary end - should come when it should come.
    The coward dies a thousand deaths,
    The valiant tastes of death but once.

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    There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend. john 15:13

    I dont know if you consider it poetry but it is poetic.

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    My favorite poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

    A PSALM OF LIFE

    TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream ! ?
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem.

    Life is real ! Life is earnest!
    And the grave is not its goal ;
    Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
    Was not spoken of the soul.

    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
    Is our destined end or way ;
    But to act, that each to-morrow
    Find us farther than to-day.

    Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
    And our hearts, though stout and brave,
    Still, like muffled drums, are beating
    Funeral marches to the grave.

    In the world's broad field of battle,
    In the bivouac of Life,
    Be not like dumb, driven cattle !
    Be a hero in the strife !

    Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant !
    Let the dead Past bury its dead !
    Act,? act in the living Present !
    Heart within, and God o'erhead !

    Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
    Footprints on the sands of time ;

    Footprints, that perhaps another,
    Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
    A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
    Seeing, shall take heart again.

    Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate ;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait.

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    Great thread Brother PM,
    One of my very favorite poems is Samuel Taylor Coleridge's - Kublai Khan or Fragment of a Dream. The last stanza always makes my heart pound and unites (finally!) the warrior and the artist in my soul:

    Could I revive within me
    Her symphony and song,
    To such a deep delight 'twould win me,

    That with music loud and long,
    I would build that dome in air,
    That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
    And all who heard should see them there,
    And all should cry, Beware ! Beware !
    His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
    Weave a circle round him thrice,
    And close your eyes with holy dread,
    For he on honey-dew hath fed,
    And drunk the milk of Paradise.


    Ahhh, man, man, man!

    btw Brother PM, any good news from China?

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    Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
    William Butler Yeats

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    WHEN I was one-and-twenty
    I heard a wise man say,
    ?Give crowns and pounds and guineas
    But not your heart away;

    Give pearls away and rubies
    But keep your fancy free.?
    But I was one-and-twenty,
    No use to talk to me.

    When I was one-and-twenty
    I heard him say again,
    ?The heart out of the bosom
    Was never given in vain;
    ?Tis paid with sighs a plenty
    And sold for endless rue.?
    And I am two-and-twenty,
    And oh, ?tis true, ?tis true.

    A.E Housman
    Last edited by ODH; 06-11-2007 at 12:26 PM.

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