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    You and Me / and the Cottage of Lost Play was the original title for a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was then changed to Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva, The Cottage of Lost Play and then finally changed to The Little House of Lost Play: Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva. It was written in 1915 and is published within The Book of Lost Tales Part 1.

    You and Me / and the Cottage of Lost Play

    You and me - we know this land
    And often have been there
    In the long old days, old nursery days,
    A dark child and a fair.
    Was it down the paths of firelight dreams
    In winter cold and white,
    Or in the blue-spun twilit hours
    Of little early tucked-up beds
    In drowsy summer night,
    That You and I got lost in Sleep
    And met each other there -
    Your dark hair on your white nightgown,
    And mine was tangled fair?

    We wandered shyly hand in hand,
    Or rollicked in the fairy sand
    And gathered pearls and shells in pails,
    White all about the nightingales
    Were singing in the trees.
    We dug for silver with our spades
    By little inland sparkling seas,
    Then ran ashore through sleepy glades
    And down a warm and winding lane
    We never never found again
    Between high whispering trees.

    The air was neither night or day,
    But faintly dark with softest light,
    When first there glimmered into sight
    The Cottage of Lost Play.
    'Twas builded very very old
    White, and thatched with straws of gold,
    And pierced with peeping lattices
    That looked toward the sea;
    And our own children's garden-plots
    Were there - our own forgetmenots,
    Red daisies, cress and mustard,
    And blue nemophile.
    O! all the borders trimmed with box
    Were full of favorite flowers - of phlox,
    Of larkspur, pinks, and hollyhocks
    Beneath a red may-tree:
    And all the paths were full of shapes,

    Of tumbling happy white-clad shapes,
    And with them You and Me.
    And some had silver watering-cans
    And watered all their gowns,
    Or sprayed each other; some laid plans
    To build them houses, fairy towns,
    Or dwellings in the trees;
    And some were clambering on the roof;
    Some crooning lonely and aloof;
    And some were dancing fairy-rings
    And weaving pearly daisy-strings,
    Or chasing golden bees;
    But here and there a little pair
    With rosy cheeks and tangled hair
    Debated quaint old childish things -
    And we were one of these.

    And why it was Tomorrow came
    And with his grey hand led us back;
    And why we never found the same
    Old cottage, or the magic track
    That leads between a silver sea
    And those old shores and gardens fair
    Where all things are, that ever were -
    We know not, You and Me.
    The Little House of Lost Play: Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva

    We knew that land once, You and I,
    and once we wandered there
    in the long days now long gone by,
    a dark child and a fair.
    Was it on the paths of firelight thought
    in winter cold and white,
    or in the blue-spun twilit hours
    of little early tucked-up beds
    in drowsy summer night,
    that you and I in Sleep went down
    to meet each other there,
    your dark hair on your white nightgown
    and mine was tangled fair?

    We wandered shyly hand in hand,
    small footprints in the golden sand,
    and gathered pearls and shells in pails,
    while all about the nightengales
    were singing in the trees.
    We dug for silver with our spades,
    and caught the sparkle of the seas,
    then ran ashore to greenlit glades,
    and found the warm and winding lane
    that now we cannot find again,
    between tall whispering trees.

    The air was neither night nor day,
    an ever-eve of gloaming light,
    when first there glimmered into sight
    the Little House of Play.
    New-built it was, yet very old,
    white, and thatched with straws of gold,
    and pierced with peeping lattices
    that looked toward the sea;
    and our own children's garden-plots
    were there: our own forgetmenots,
    red daisies, cress and mustard,
    and radishes for tea.
    There all the borders, trimmed with box,
    were filled with favourite flowers, with phlox,
    with lupins, pinks, and hollyhocks,
    beneath a red may-tree;
    and all the gardens full of folk
    that their own little language spoke,
    but not to You and Me.

    For some had silver watering-cans
    and watered all their gowns,
    or sprayed each other; some laid plans
    to build their houses, little towns
    and dwellings in the trees.
    And some were clambering on the roof;
    some crooning lonely and aloof;
    some dancing round the fairy-rings
    all garlanded in daisy-strings,
    while some upon their knees
    before a little white-robed king
    crowned with marigold would sing
    their rhymes of long ago.
    But side by side a little pair
    with heads together, mingled hair,
    went walking to and fro
    still hand in hand; and what they said,
    ere Waking far apart them led,
    that only we now know.
    FINIS

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    The Panther by Rilke. Such a powerful use of imagery - it crushes me every time I read it.

    Also, I'm a big fan of Robert Browning. Women and Roses is sensational.

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    Bereavement

    Whose was that gentle voice, that, whispering sweet,
    Promised methought long days of bliss sincere!
    Soothing it stole on my deluded ear,
    Most like soft music, that might sometimes cheat
    Thoughts dark and drooping! 'Twas the voice of Hope.
    Of love and social scenes, it seemed to speak,
    Of truth, of friendship, of affection meek;
    That, oh! poor friend, might to life's downward slope
    Lead us in peace, and bless our latest hours.
    Ah me! the prospect saddened as she sung;
    Loud on my startled ear the death-bell rung;
    Chill darkness wrapt the pleasurable bowers,
    Whilst Horror, pointing to yon breathless clay,
    "No peace be thine," exclaimed, "away, away!"

    William Lisle Bowles

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    So many to choose from.

    Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mask of Anarchy

    ...too long to type...
    'And the bold, true warriors
    Who have hugged Danger in wars
    Will turn to those who would be free,
    Ashamed of such base company.

    'And that slaughter to the Nation
    Shall steam up like inspiration,
    Eloquent, oracular;
    A volcano heard afar.

    'And these words shall then become
    Like Oppression's thundered doom
    Ringing through each heart and brain,
    Heard again - again - again -

    'Rise like Lions after slumber
    In unvanquishable number -
    Shake your chains to earth like dew
    Which in sleep had fallen on you -
    Ye are many - they are few.'
    The Sheepdogs by Russ Vaughn

    Most humans truly are like sheep
    Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
    To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
    Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
    Their lives serene upon Life's farm,
    They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
    On verdant meadows, they forage free
    With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
    They pay their sheepdogs little heed
    For there is no threat; there is no need.
    To the flock, sheepdog's are mysteries,
    Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
    These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
    With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
    Too like the wolf of legends told,
    To be amongst our docile fold.
    Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?"
    They have no use, not in this day.
    Lock them away, out of our sight
    We have no need of their fierce might.
    But sudden in their midst a beast
    Has come to kill, has come to feast
    T! he wolves attack; they give no warning
    Upon that calm September morning
    They slash and kill with frenzied glee
    Their passive helpless enemy
    Who had no clue the wolves were there
    Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
    Then from the carnage, from the rout,
    Comes the cry, "Turn the sheepdogs out!"
    Thus is our nature but too our plight
    To keep our dogs on leashes tight
    And live a life of illusive bliss
    Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
    Until he has us by the throat,
    We pay no heed; we take no note.
    Not until he strikes us at our core
    Will we unleash the Dogs of War
    Only having felt the wolf pack' wrath
    Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.
    And the wolves will learn what we've shown before;
    We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.
    Invictus - William Henley

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.
    "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

    Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office
    than to serve and obey them. - David Hume

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    e.e. cummings -

    somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
    any experience,your eyes have their silence:
    in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
    or which i cannot touch because they are too near

    your slightest look will easily unclose me
    though i have closed myself as fingers,
    you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
    (touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

    or if your wish be to close me, i and
    my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
    as when the heart of this flower imagines
    the snow carefully everywhere descending;
    nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
    the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
    compels me with the color of its countries,
    rendering death and forever with each breathing

    (i do not know what it is about you that closes
    and opens;only something in me understands
    the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
    nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
    There's reason to be afraid, and reason to open your heart. ~ Seal

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    love this poem a lot.

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    "Here I Love You"
    By Pablo Neruda

    Here I love you.
    In the dark pines the wind disentangles itself.
    The moon glows like phosphorous on the vagrant waters.
    Days, all one kind, go chasing each other.

    The snow unfurls in dancing figures.
    A silver gull slips down from the west.
    Sometimes a sail. High, high stars.

    Oh the black cross of a ship.
    Alone.
    Sometimes I get up early and even my soul is wet.
    Far away the sea sounds and resounds.
    This is a port.
    Here I love you.

    Here I love you and the horizon hides you in vain.
    I love you still among these cold things.
    Sometimes my kisses go on those heavy vessels
    that cross the sea towards no arrival.
    I see myself forgotten like those old anchors.
    The piers sadden when the afternoon moors there.
    My life grows tired, hungry to no purpose.
    I love what I do not have. You are so far.
    My loathing wrestles with the slow twilights.
    But night comes and starts to sing to me.

    The moon turns its clockwork dream.
    The biggest stars look at me with your eyes.
    And as I love you, the pines in the wind
    want to sing your name with their leaves of wire.
    You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
    They called me the hyacinth girl.
    Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
    Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
    Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
    Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
    Looking into the heart of light, the silence.

    --T.S Eliot, The Wasteland

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    The older , the more I like this one:


    I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
    And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
    Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
    And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

    And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, 5
    Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
    There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
    And evening full of the linnet's wings.

    I will arise and go now, for always night and day
    I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; 10
    While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
    I hear it in the deep heart's core.


    (Yeats)
    Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

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    Another from Pablo Neruda:

    Love Sonnet LXXIX
    by Pablo Neruda

    By night, Love, tie your heart to mine, and the two
    together in their sleep will defeat the darkness
    like a double drum in the forest, pounding
    against the thick wall of wet leaves.

    Night travel: black flame of sleep
    that snips the threads of the earth's grapes,
    punctual as a headlong train that would haul
    shadows and cold rocks, endlessly.

    Because of this, Love, tie me to a purer motion,
    to the constancy that beats in your chest
    with the wings of a swan underwater,

    so that our sleep might answer all the sky's
    starry questions with a single key,
    with a single door the shadows had closed.
    "We don't see things as they are,
    we see things as we are."
    ...Anais Nin

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    If

    By Rudyard Kipling

    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

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    We entreat thee from violence refrain,
    for nothing more do we disdain,
    for in so doing that which we might gain,
    would be forever lost in tears like rain.
    Elowen, Starflight
    I'm the Councilor, I'll be watching you.

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