Thread: Random Thought Thread
08-11-2011, 07:42 AM #16671every normal man must be tempted, at times,
to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
and begin slitting throats.
08-11-2011, 07:48 AM #16672
* I remember the first albatross I ever saw. It was during a prolonged gale, in waters hard upon the Antarctic seas. From my forenoon watch below, I ascended to the overclouded deck; and there, dashed upon the main hatches, I saw a regal, feathery thing of unspotted whiteness, and with a hooked, Roman bill sublime. At intervals, it arched forth its vast archangel wings, as if to embrace some holy ark. Wondrous flutterings and throbbings shook it. Though bodily unharmed, it uttered cries, as some king's ghost in supernatural distress. Through its inexpressible, strange eyes, methought I peeped to secrets which took hold of God. As Abraham before the angels, I bowed myself; the white thing was so white, its wings so wide, and in those for ever exiled waters, I had lost the miserable warping memories of traditions and of towns. Long I gazed at that prodigy of plumage. I cannot tell, can only hint, the things that darted through me then. But at last I awoke; and turning, asked a sailor what bird was this. A goney, he replied. Goney! never had heard that name before; is it conceivable that this glorious thing is utterly unknown to men ashore! never! But some time after, I learned that goney was some seaman's name for albatross. So that by no possibility could Coleridge's wild Rhyme have had aught to do with those mystical impressions which were mine, when I saw that bird upon our deck. For neither had I then read the Rhyme, nor knew the bird to be an albatross. Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.
08-11-2011, 09:03 AM #16673
08-11-2011, 10:54 AM #16674
08-11-2011, 11:11 AM #16675
I really hate the phrase "pick your brain." It brings to mind the image of someone using a nutpick to extract little pieces of another's exposed brain.
08-11-2011, 11:24 AM #16676And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth
08-11-2011, 11:24 AM #16677
08-11-2011, 01:04 PM #16678
Or how about "caught with his pants down" or "in bed with". My visual imagination is a little too vivid for these metaphors. If they're hot, the image is embarrassing, and if they're not, it's disgusting.
08-11-2011, 01:11 PM #16679
Really any point to making your first post a picture of yourself on the picture time thread then never again posting on the forums?
08-11-2011, 02:14 PM #16680