“Lines and Squares
Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, “Bears,
Just look how I’m walking in all of the squares!”
And the little bears growl to each other, “He’s mine,
As soon as he’s silly and steps on a line.”
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It’s ever so portant how you walk.
And it’s ever so jolly to call out, “Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!”
― A.A. Milne
“We know that there are many animals on this continent not found in the Old World. These must have been carried from here to the ark, and then brought back afterwards. Were the peccary, armadillo, ant-eater, sloth, agouti, vampire-bat, marmoset, howling and prehensile-tailed monkey, the raccoon and muskrat carried by the angels from America to Asia? How did they get there? Did the polar bear leave his field of ice and journey toward the tropics? How did he know where the ark was? Did the kangaroo swim or jump from Australia to Asia? Did the giraffe, hippopotamus, antelope and orang-outang journey from Africa in search of the ark? Can absurdities go farther than this?”
― Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses
Barbara Ehrenreich :
Some of us still get all weepy when we think about the Gaia Hypothesis, the idea that earth is a big furry goddess-creature who resembles everybody’s mom in that she knows what’s best for us. But if you look at the historical record—Krakatoa, Mt. Vesuvius, Hurricane Charley, poison ivy, and so forth down the ages—you have to ask yourself: Whose side is she on, anyway?
[Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author
Do you dare to die? The sense of death is most in apprehension, and the poor beetle that we tread upon feels a pang as great as when a giant dies.
|Somehow the killing of a giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of a wizard or the dwarves or anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.
||Tolkien – The Hobbit
High-souled persons have only two states like that of a bunch of flowers; either they have to be on top of the whole world or they should wither away.
there is neither flower
what is a poet to do
when the night is so exquisite?
from the window
i gaze at the moonlight
while through the bars
the moon gazes back
by Ho Chi Minh
(translated by Joe Dolce)
foto no 2 oak street restaurant in bellingen nsw aust
“Liten tue kan velte stort lass”
–Little strokes fell great oaks.
- Sacred text: The Yasna 43
Late Summer Fires
The paddocks shave black
with a foam of smoke that stays,
welling out of red-black wounds.
In the white of a drought
this happens. The hardcourt game.
Logs that fume are mostly cattle,
inverted, stubby. Tree stumps are kilns.
Walloped, wiped, hand-pumped,
even this day rolls over, slowly.
At dusk, a family drives sheep
out through the yellow
of the Aboriginal flag.
Subhuman Redneck Poems, 1996
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.”
H.L. MENCKEN, A Mencken Chrestomathy
You can always have me in your company if you’re fully prepared to be true to yourself to grow as a Human. Yeah, that’s me. Yours Truly, Your Conscience.
— Robert Allen
Voyage upon life’s sea,
To yourself be true,
And, whatever your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.
― Cleo and Francis
It is from a small seed that the giant Iroko tree has its beginning.
― Brandon Scott Gorrell, During My Nervous Breakdown I Want to Have a Biographer Present
Little by little grow the bananas.
― Neesha Meminger, Shine, Coconut Moon
Why did he quit drugs? “With the smack, I knew: ‘I’ve got to stop now, or I’m going to go in for hard time.’ The cocaine I quit because I fell on my head! Due to that — no more coke. Actually, my body tells me when to stop . . . the hard way. It’s a knock on the head — OK. It’s no big deal to me, to give things up.” Keith Richards.
“She’s always getting into trouble because she gets bored really really easily.
My mum says it’s because Celia has an attention span the size of a sesame seed.
Celia’s mum says it’s because Celia’s identity is unfurling itself slowly, like a tulip bud, and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful thing to see.”
― Jaclyn Moriarty, Feeling Sorry for Celia
– Mariela Delgado
“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”
― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959
“If I had planned this farm from the outset, it might have looked different, perhaps more deliberate. As it happened, the circuitous route of development gave this project a more ‘organic’ style of growth. Through successes and failures the farm took shape and now reflects my interests and skills, the nature of this soil and the climate here.”
― Kurt Timmermeister, Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884 – 1980)
“I’m not beautiful like you. I’m beautiful like me.”
Joy Drop, “Beautiful”
Charles and Ann Morse
“We would also have to say goodbye to the joy of watching this next generation soak up the massive quantities of love their grandmother would have given them, and seeing them learn that there was someone in the world who loved them as much as their parents did: a grandmother who was delighted by all their quirks and who thought they were the most amazing creatures on earth.”
― Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ”
― George Washington
― Robert M. Sapolsky
The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Cariboo:
He goes about with nothing on
(A shocking thing to do).
But if he dressed up respectably
And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Baboon would be
To Mister So-and-so!
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“The birds are relatively silent. The woods, they’re like a jungle, just thick foliage, just incredibly hot, humid, buggy and snakes everywhere. Everything about it is just as bad as could be.”
― Ilona Simone
Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.
“…before you, I was a doubled-up fist – now I can hold soft things, fragile as butterfly wings.
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
“It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they always purr: “If they would only purr for ‘yes,’ and mew for ‘no,; or any rule of that sort,” she had said, “so that one could keep up a conversation! But how can you talk with a person if they always say the same thing?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass