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    Default Favorite poets?

    I'm in a poetry mood. Does anyone want to recommend some of their favorite poets or post some favorite poems?

    I'd appreciate it, thanks.
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    Poetry never interested me that much. But I was always the first guy to raise his hand when the teacher would ask the class to interpret a poem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erinavery View Post
    I'm in a poetry mood. Does anyone want to recommend some of their favorite poets or post some favorite poems?

    I'd appreciate it, thanks.
    Lots here, babe.

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    oh thank you! i did a search and couldn't find anything!
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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    And let's not forget good ol' Peguy



    FREEDOM
    by Charles Peguy

    GOD SPEAKS:

    When you love someone, you love him as he is.
    I alone am perfect.
    It is probably for that reason
    That I know what perfection is
    And that I demand less perfection of those poor people.
    I know how difficult it is.
    And how often, when they are struggling in their trials,
    How often do I wish and am I tempted to put my hand under their stomachs
    In order to hold them up with my big hand
    Just like a father teaching his son how to swim
    In the current of the river
    And who is divided between two ways of thinking.
    For on the one hand, if he holds him up all the time and if he holds him up too much,
    The child will depend on this and will never learn how to swim.
    But if he doesn't hold him up just at the right moment
    That child is bound to swallow more water than is healthy for him.
    In the same way, when I teach them how to swim amid their trials
    I too am divided by two ways of thinking.
    Because if I am always holding them up, if I hold them up too often,
    They will never learn how to swim by themselves.
    But if I don't hold them up just at the right moment,
    Perhaps those poor children will swallow more water than is healthy for them.
    Such is the difficulty, and it is a great one.
    And such is the doubleness itself, the two faces of the problem.
    On the one hand, they must work out their salvation for themselves. That is the rule.
    It allows of no exception. Otherwise it would not be interesting. They would not be men.
    Now I want them to be manly, to be men, and to win by themselves
    Their spurs of knighthood.
    On the other hand, they must not swallow more water than is healthy for them,
    Having made a dive into the ingratitude of sin.
    Such is the mystery of man's freedom, says God,
    And the mystery of my government towards him and towards his freedom.
    If I hold him up too much, he is no longer free
    And if I don't hold him up sufficiently, I am endangering his salvation.
    Two goods in a sense almost equally precious.
    For salvation is of infinite price.
    But what kind of salvation would a salvation be that was not free?
    What would you call it?
    We want that salvation to be acquired by himself,
    Himself, man. To be procured by himself.
    To come, in a sense, from himself. Such is the secret,
    Such is the mystery of man's freedom.
    Such is the price we set on man's freedom.
    Because I myself am free, says God, and I have created man in my own image and likeness.
    Such is the mystery, such the secret, such the price
    Of all freedom.
    That freedom of that creature is the most beautiful reflection in this world
    Of the Creator's freedom. That is why we are so attached to it,
    And set a proper price on it.
    A salvation that was not free, that was not, that did not come from a free man could in no wise be attractive to us. What would it amount to?
    What would it mean?
    What interest would such a salvation have to offer?
    A beatitude of slaves, a salvation of slaves, a slavish beatitude, how do you expect me to be interested in that kind of thing? Does one care to be loved by slaves?
    If it were only a matter of proving my might, my might has no need of those slaves, my might is well enough known, it is sufficiently known that I am the Almighty.
    My might is manifest enough in all matter and in all events.
    My might is manifest enough in the sands of the sea and in the stars of heaven.
    It is not questioned, it is known, it is manifest enough in inanimate creation.
    It is manifest enough in the government,
    In the very event that is man.
    But in my creation which is endued with life, says God, I wanted something better, I wanted something more.
    Infinitely better. Infinitely more. For I wanted that freedom.
    I created that very freedom. There are several degrees to my throne.
    When you once have known what it is to be loved freely, submission no longer has any taste.
    All the prostrations in the world
    Are not worth the beautiful upright attitude of a free man as he kneels. All the submission, all the dejection in the world
    Are not equal in value to the soaring up point,
    The beautiful straight soaring up of one single invocation
    From a love that is free.

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    thank you peguy!
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
    -Jim Morrison

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    I looooove Pablo Neruda. Here's one of my favs:

    XVII (I do not love you...)


    I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
    or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms
    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

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    love
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
    -Jim Morrison

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    Default Well I posted this in the other thread, but what the heck!

    I loved you - Alexander Pushkin

    I loved you; and perhaps I love you still,
    The flame, perhaps, is not extinguished; yet
    It burns so quietly within my soul,
    No longer should you feel distressed by it.
    Silently and hopelessly I loved you,
    At times too jealous and at times too shy.
    God grant you find another who will love you
    As tenderly and truthfully as I.

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