Category Archives: INJURY AND HARM

Selena Odom: I have a master of an evil kind He totally controls my body, soul, and mind.




last week,  I think on Tuesday,

she died

just gave up breathing

toppled over

a big smashed doll

with the needle still in her arm


I made a funeral of leaves

and sang the Book of Questions

to her face as white as hailstones

to her eyes as closed as heaven

‘For Ann so still and dreamy’

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“What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple; it actually is simple but it isn’t easy; it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring.”

― Russell Brand

Suddenness aggravates evil


My help is in the mountain

That I take away with me.

Earth cure me. Earth receive my woe.

Rock strengthen me. Rock receive my weakness.

Rain wash my suddenness away.

Rain receive my doubt.

Sun make sweet my song.

Sun receive the anger from my heart.

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You can be a king or a street-sweeper, but everybody dances with the grim reaper.


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by Aditya Talwar, Salesian College – Australia

I watched as the Grim Reaper slowly walked towards me, yes the Grim Reaper. I was standing on a railway track thinking what to do about my dilemma. I could lie down flat on the track and wait for the next train to run over me or I could slowly wait for the Grim Reaper to come and slowly tear and rip my guts out while I watched in horror.

Teams share the burden and divide the grief.

Doug Smith

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“Sometimes carrying the burden of an upsetting truth, and hiding it, is actually a gift you give to someone else. You bear that burden, so they don’t have to, in a situation where telling them will change nothing.”

― Cassandra Clare

Nah because dog ah play with yuh he nah bite yuh.

Some people talk kindly to you but they are capable of hurting you.

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Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat.

~ Akan

The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings.

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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“Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done —
‘It’s very rude of him.’ she said,
‘To come and spoil the fun!’

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead —
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand:
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
‘If this were only cleared away,’
They said, ‘it would be grand.’

‘If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,
‘That they could get it clear?’
‘l doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

‘O Oysters, come and walk with us!
The Walrus did beseech.
‘A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.’

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head —
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

Out four young Oysters hurried up.
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat —
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more —
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
‘To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’

‘But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,
‘Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!’
‘No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

‘A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,
‘Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed —
Now, if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.’

‘But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
‘After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!’
‘The night is fine,’ the Walrus said,
‘Do you admire the view?’

‘It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
‘Cut us another slice-
I wish you were not quite so deaf-
I’ve had to ask you twice!’

‘It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,
‘To play them such a trick.
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
‘The butter’s spread too thick!’

‘I weep for you,’the Walrus said:
‘I deeply sympathize.’
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

‘O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,
‘You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

“Chaos is impatient. It’s random. And above all it’s selfish. It tears down everything just for the sake of change, feeding on itself in constant hunger. But Chaos can also be appealing. It tempts you to believe that nothing matters except what you want.”

― Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire

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“The pain of an injury is over in seconds. Everything that comes after is the pain of getting well.” He gave her a heartfelt look, full of apology. “I’d forgotten that you see. Coming back to life … It hurts.”
― Tessa Dare, Twice Tempted by a Rogue

Withered trees in spring burst forth afresh ; but man cannot be twice young.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"


He followed his own path in life,
   A humble man was he,
Yet his great poems will surely go
   Down to posterity;
He never injured anyone
   Tho, he was always poor,
He never grumbled at his lot
   Of that we’re very sure.

‘Paddy’, the Sydney Street Poet

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There are more things to alarm than to injure us; and we are more often afflicted by fancy than by fact. Seneca


If we do not flatter ourselves
the flattery of other people would 
not harm us.— (La Rochefoucauld) 
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Ying Han xi yu wen xue da ci dian = The republican dictionary of English phrases, quotations, proverbs and maxims


Vanity takes delight in what often proves injurious, and we often despise that which is to be the means of our preservation. We ought, therefore, to value things not by their appearances, but by their usefulness.

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An ill-disposed man will seldom fail to find a cause 
of dispute, when he intends to do an injury. If you 
want a pretence, says the proverb, to whip a Dog, it is 
enough to say that he ate up the frying-pan. Beware, 
therefore, of quarrelsome companions, for with such, 
you play with edge-tools. 

Æsop’s fables : accompanied by many hundred proverbs and moral maxims, suited to the subject of each fable

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Whilst thirty-one more were hurt more or less ; But keen had we felt the sharp sting of anguish,

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“Sir, will you be pleased to take a little rest now ? "

Observing he started, she added, " I will answer life for life, that none shall hurt you under my roof. "

He said, " Madam, I believe you, I accept the offer.”

"Mona miscellany : a selection of proverbs, sayings, ballads, customs, superstitions, and legends, peculiar to the Isle of Man"

foto – sitting room of forealty towers 2009