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    Sylvia Plath

    Mirror

    I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
    Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.
    Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike
    I am not cruel, only truthful
    The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
    Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
    It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
    I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
    Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

    Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me.
    Searching my reaches for what she really is.
    Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
    I see her back, and reflect it faithfully
    She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
    I am important to her. She comes and goes.
    Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
    In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
    Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
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    Gosh, the world looks so small from up here on my high horse of menstruation.

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    RE Sylvia Plath

    She communicates pain too well - I find these really uncomfortable to read
    I went to see her grave last year - it could not be in a more beautiful but more desperately sad place - its at Heptonstall in Yorkshire uk - this is her own poem about that graveyard

    November Graveyard
    By Sylvia Plath

    The scene stands stubborn: skinflint trees
    Hoard last year's leaves, won't mourn, wear sackcloth, or turn
    To elegiac dryads, and dour grass
    Guards the hard-hearted emerald of its grassiness
    However the grandiloquent mind may scorn
    Such poverty. No dead men's cries

    Flower forget-me-nots between the stones
    Paving this grave ground. Here's honest rot
    To unpick the heart, pare bone
    Free of the fictive vein. When one stark skeleton
    Bulks real, all saints' tongues fall quiet:
    Flies watch no resurrections in the sun.

    At the essential landscape stare, stare
    Till your eyes foist a vision dazzling on the wind:
    Whatever lost ghosts flare,
    Damned, howling in their shrouds across the moor
    Rave on the leash of the starving mind
    Which peoples the bare room, the blank, untenanted air.
    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    Maya Angelou

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    I recently bought a lovely collection heaven on earth 101 happy poems - they move you in a happy way! This is one of my favourites

    A CHILD'S SLEEP

    I stood at the edge of my child's sleep
    hearing her breathe;
    although I could not enter there.
    I could not leave.

    Her sleep was a small wood.
    perfumed with flowers;
    dark, peaceful, sacred.
    acred in hours.

    And she was the spirit that lives
    in the heart of such woods;
    without time, without history.
    wordlessly good.

    I spoke her name, a pebble dropped
    in the still night.
    and saw her stir, both open palms
    cupping their soft light;
    then went to the window. the greater
    dark outside the room
    gazed back, maternal, wise.
    with its face of moon.

    Carol Ann Duffy
    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    Maya Angelou

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    Carl Sandburg


    Fog

    The fog comes
    on little cat feet.

    It sits looking
    over harbor and city
    on silent haunches
    and then moves on.
    Ti (43); Ne (41.8); Te (33.7); Fi (30.5); Ni (27.5); Se (24.7); Si (21.5); Fe (17.3)
    The More You Know the Less You Need. - Aboriginal Saying

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    Anne Sexton

    Her Kind

    I have gone out, a possessed witch,
    haunting the black air, braver at night;
    dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
    over the plain houses, light by light:
    lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
    A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
    I have been her kind.

    I have found the warm caves in the woods,
    filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
    closets, silks, innumerable goods;
    fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
    whining, rearranging the disaligned.
    A woman like that is misunderstood.
    I have been her kind.

    I have ridden in your cart, driver,
    waved my nude arms at villages going by,
    learning the last bright routes, survivor
    where your flames still bite my thigh
    and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
    A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
    I have been her kind.
    Ti (43); Ne (41.8); Te (33.7); Fi (30.5); Ni (27.5); Se (24.7); Si (21.5); Fe (17.3)
    The More You Know the Less You Need. - Aboriginal Saying

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    I've never understood poetry. It usually consists of far more words to convey a statement that should be said succinctly.

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    Limericks are perhaps more your speed:

    There once was a lady named Cager,
    Who as the result of a wager,
    Consented to fart
    The entire oboe part
    Of Mozart's quartet in F-major.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    I've never understood poetry. It usually consists of far more words to convey a statement that should be said succinctly.
    It's an Fi Te view. We like things to be core and in their simplest form. I think similarly a lot of the time. But I probably include more in the spectrum of things to convey, so poetry is a tool to convey the things a statement cannot. ie. emotion, feel, pace of reading, etc. It is also art, so can just be to create something beautiful or interesting.
    Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Deine Zauber binden wieder Was die Mode streng geteilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    I've never understood poetry. It usually consists of far more words to convey a statement that should be said succinctly.
    Scientists explain things that have never been known before in terms that can be understood by everyone. Poets do the exact opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    I've never understood poetry. It usually consists of far more words to convey a statement that should be said succinctly.
    Really? I think exactly the opposite is true.
    Coleridge describes it as 'The best words in the best order'.
    That is how I feel about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ed111 View Post
    Scientists explain things that have never been known before in terms that can be understood by everyone. Poets do the exact opposite.
    The best poets make familiar things seem new.

    There are a lot of lousy poets too of course.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Gosh, the world looks so small from up here on my high horse of menstruation.

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