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    In an alternate timeline I would have studied John Donne in grad school. I may still!
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    Wild Geese
    by Mary Oliver

    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcasticus View Post
    Wild Geese
    by Mary Oliver

    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting

    I was a part of a Lutheran/Methodist campus ministry in college, and we had this great [essentially Unitarian] campus minister. Every year we took a retreat to the mountains, and every year, we climbed up this terribly steep hill to have our Sunday worship experience. One year, he read us that (among other things).
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    "I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Cool thread.

    I just posted this one at INTPc.

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    Here's one that I come back to occasionally:

    Is/Not - Margaret Atwood

    i.
    Love is not a profession
    genteel or otherwise

    sex is not dentistry
    the slick filling of aches and cavities

    you are not my doctor
    you are not my cure,

    nobody has that
    power, you are merely a fellow/traveller

    Give up this medical concern,
    buttoned, attentive,

    permit yourself anger
    and permit me mine

    which needs neither
    your approval nor your suprise

    which does not need to be made legal
    which is not against a disease

    but agaist you,
    which does not need to be understood

    or washed or cauterized,
    which needs instead

    to be said and said.
    Permit me the present tense.

    ii

    I am not a saint or a cripple,
    I am not a wound; now I will see
    whether I am a coward.


    I dispose of my good manners,
    you don't have to kiss my wrists.

    This is a journey, not a war,
    there is no outcome,
    I renounce predictions


    and aspirins, I resign the future
    as I would resign an expired passport:
    picture and signature gone
    along with holidays and safe returns.


    We're stuck here
    on this side of the border
    in this country of thumbed streets and stale buildings


    where there is nothing spectacular
    to see and the weather is ordinary

    where love occurs in its pure form only
    on the cheaper of the souvenirs


    where we must walk slowly,
    where we may not get anywhere


    or anything, where we keep going,
    fighting our ways, our way
    not out but through.
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    "I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Default Theodore Roethke

    ELEGY FOR JANE
    My Student, Thrown by a Horse

    I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
    And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
    And how, once startled into talk, the light syllables leaped for her,
    And she balanced in the delight of her thought,
    A wren, happy, tail into the wind,
    Her song trembling the twigs and small branches.
    The shade sang with her;
    The leaves, their whispers turned to kissing;
    And the mold sang in the bleached valleys under the rose.
    Oh, when she was sad, she cast herself down into such a pure depth,
    Even a father could not find her:
    My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
    Scraping her cheek against straw;
    Stirring the clearest water.

    My sparrow, you are not here,
    Waiting like a fern, making a spiny shadow.
    The sides of wet stones cannot console me,
    Nor the moss, wound with the last light.

    If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
    My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
    Over this damp grave I speak the words of my love:
    I, with no rights in this matter,
    Neither father nor lover.

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    "Nothing Gold Can Stay" - Robert Frost
    Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf's a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.


    The rad song "nothing gold," apparently inspired by the poem:
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    How can you understand that poem, Sensor?

    I've always loved that one.
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartacuss View Post
    ELEGY FOR JANE
    My Student, Thrown by a Horse
    I enjoyed that. Very tender and chaste.
    The one who buggers a fire burns his penis
    -anonymous graffiti in the basilica at Pompeii

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    How can you understand that poem, Sensor?

    I've always loved that one.
    I sensed harder.

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