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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardust View Post
    Robert Frost "for I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep"
    Great one Stardust.
    The other classic Frost is:

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I?
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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    Maybe not strictly poetry, but a worthy sentiment.

    "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

    John Donne - Meditation XVII
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    Who would have thought one of the most popular topics on a wrestling forum would be a discussion of poetry? Can you see, before a national championship match, a wrestler waxing poetic to himself: "is this to be or not to be?"

    Great topic, Poetry Mom.

    Yes, the quotes from Donne and the Bible are poetry. I'd say so anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    Great one Stardust.
    The other classic Frost is:

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I?
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
    Some people write off Robt. Frost as too "Saturday Evening Post" for their "cool" sensibilities. I love his works though, both the ones quoted here and some of his less well known ones. There is a great poem about an Asian princess and her lover, I can't recall the name, but you wouldn't think of it as a Frost-like poem. Another has an almost extra-terrestial feeling to it. The last stanza of that poem (Desert Spaces) goes something like this:

    They cannot scare me with their far away places
    On worlds, between worlds, where no human race is
    I have it in me, much closer to home
    To scare myself with my own desert spaces.

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    well since we're veering into the "not exactly poetry" category, this has always been a favorite quotation of mine from Shakespeare. Extremely touching, especially when you see footage of Robert Kennedy quoting it in tribute to JFK:

    when he shall die
    take him and cut him out in little stars
    and he will make the face of heaven so fine
    that all the world will be in love with night
    and pay no worship to the garish sun
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    Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note

    (for Kellie Jones, born 16 May 1959)

    Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
    The ground opens up and envelopes me
    Each time I go out to walk the dog.
    Or the broad edged silly music the wind
    Makes when I run for a bus . . .

    Things have come to that.

    And now, each night I count the stars,
    And each night I get the same number.
    And when they will not come to be counted,
    I count the holes they leave.

    Nobody sings anymore.

    And then last night, I tiptoed up
    To my daughter's room and heard her
    Talking to someone, and when I opened
    The door, there was no one there . . .
    Only she on her knees, peeking into

    Her own clasped hands.

    Amiri Baraka

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    Thanks for adding to the thread everyone. I enjoy reading your postings.

    Brother Morris, no significant improvement. She's still feverish and unable to speak and seemed weaker yesterday. She's back at the hospital last night. I'm taking it day-by-day. It's a curious up and down situation; a tough position to judge. When I prepare to go get her she improves only to regress again. If I can't get her home in a couple days I will go there to bring her home.

    Thanks very much for your message from a day ago. It meant a lot hearing from you. I have nothing but time on my hands so I'll check back later on.


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    I was reading Emily Dickinson last night and jumped over to some Billy Collins. If you are a bit familiar with Dickinson and her biography, this Collins' poem will make you chuckle. It contains some laugh-out-loud "inside" references to good ole Emily.

    Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes
    by Billy Collins

    First, her tippet made of tulle,
    easily lifted off her shoulders and laid
    on the back of a wooden chair.

    And her bonnet,
    the bow undone with a light forward pull.

    Then the long white dress, a more
    complicated matter with mother-of-pearl
    buttons down the back,
    so tiny and numerous that it takes forever
    before my hands can part the fabric,
    like a swimmer's dividing water,
    and slip inside.

    You will want to know
    that she was standing
    by an open window in an upstairs bedroom,
    motionless, a little wide-eyed,
    looking out at the orchard below,
    the white dress puddled at her feet
    on the wide-board, hardwood floor.

    The complexity of women's undergarments
    in nineteenth-century America
    is not to be waved off,
    and I proceeded like a polar explorer
    through clips, clasps, and moorings,
    catches, straps, and whalebone stays,
    sailing toward the iceberg of her nakedness.

    Later, I wrote in a notebook
    it was like riding a swan into the night,
    but, of course, I cannot tell you everything -
    the way she closed her eyes to the orchard,
    how her hair tumbled free of its pins,
    how there were sudden dashes
    whenever we spoke.

    What I can tell you is
    it was terribly quiet in Amherst
    that Sabbath afternoon,
    nothing but a carriage passing the house,
    a fly buzzing in a windowpane.

    So I could plainly hear her inhale
    when I undid the very top
    hook-and-eye fastener of her corset

    and I could hear her sigh when finally it was unloosed,
    the way some readers sigh when they realize
    that Hope has feathers,
    that reason is a plank,
    that life is a loaded gun
    that looks right at you with a yellow eye.

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    I'm off topic but here is a racy, wild one by Dickinson. Wouldn't a man be so lucky to have a Wild Night with a woman who feels this way?

    "Wild Nights! Wild Nights"
    by Emily Dickinson

    Wild Nights! Wild Nights!
    Were I with thee,
    Wild Nights should be
    Our luxury!

    Futile the winds
    To a heart in port, --
    Done with the compass,
    Done with the chart!

    Rowing in Eden!
    Ah! the sea!
    Might I but moor
    To-night in Thee!

    And back on topic to memorable, meaningful lines, I submit the oft quoted Lord Byron:

    She Walks in Beauty
    By George Gordon Byron

    She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that's best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes:

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