“To show the thumb” is a vulgar act amongst children and stupid people in Kashmir .

I took out the ashes from the fire-place, I put them into a basket ,and then threw them away. I have done three works. 
I woke up the baby and gave him a little milk, and then I put him to sleep again. I have done six works. 

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Are the horns too heavy for the bullock ?
No matter how large the family the father would not willingly part with one of his children 
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So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit




We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” 

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Always be fearless. Walk like lion, talk like pigeons, live like elephants and love like an infant child.”

― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

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The bigger the head the bigger the headaches


Where pride leads, shame follows.

"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"


And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend nor penetrate the earth, nor can you attain a stature like the mountains in height.


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When a person regrets endlessly, he gets to pay more for what he regrets. Nigeria.

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Petit Testament

In the twenty-fifth year of my age
I find myself to be a dromedary
That has run short of water between
One oasis and the next mirage
And having despaired of ever
Making my obsessions intelligible
I am content at last to be
The sole clerk of my metamorphoses.
Begin here:

Ern Malley


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Sabır acıdır, meyvesi tatlıdır. Translation: Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Turkish.



peaches? Beaches. A peach of a beach.
Gracetown in summer. A soft fur of heat
over bodies. The water, icy. Exploding
gently on legs as fruit in the mouth.
Sand the texture of peach stone: gritty,
rough. China, a memory refracted
through tropics: small fat god, white beard,
riding a deer. A Chinese Santa Claus.
In his hand, the fruit of which we speak:
everything peachy

Australia- Poetry International Web

foto – summer fruit in ulmarra dec 09

Pro 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

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The stick of warnings hurts. It punishes when you do not listen to warnings.

Swahili Proverbs

Center for African Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


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Bed is the poor man’s opera. Italian.


There’s no doubt she was out with one of them and went further than she meant, but if you make your bed you must lie on it.

1921 A. P. Herbert House by River

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A drunken night makes a cloudy morning. Danish .

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In Martin’s Bar the topless waitresses
are all sober, their perfectly matched tits
jump at the drunks while upstairs
a poet listens to the race results.

foto – izzy foreal considering dec 2008 bilambil.

This is the cane That makes our tea sweet, Grown on the ravaged land Out in the heat.

ty  Robert Treborlang Australia


The sweetest wine turneth to the sharpest vinegar.

"Scottish proverbs, collected and arranged by A. Henderson"

foto – sugar cane at tumbulgum 2008

“The grass is always greener over the septic tank.” Erma Bombeck

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This is a proverb of fable origin.

An ass seeing his master pet a little lap-dog and hold it in his lap desired the same treatment, so broke his halter, rushed into the house and began to prance and kick and at last tried to sit in his master’s lap in order that he might re ceive the same sort of caress that was given the lap-dog. For his trouble the ass received only a sound beating.

The fable and proverb teach that not all are born with like endowment of characteristics. It was used with reference to those who try to emulate those above them and become involved in difficulty for their pains.

"Moral significance of animals as indicated in Greek proverbs"

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If one cannot do as one wishes, one does as one can.

"National proverbs: Serbia"

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It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.


foto – izzy foreal and andrew hegedus at wide river cafe ulmarra 2009 november

Tree leans on tree in the forest and man on man in national life.

"National proverbs: Serbia"


Each swipe of the dish-sponge is anger or regret,
choices have consequences, consequences constrict
to the tightness of skin on a fruit, this feijoa
I slice into, savagely, and stop. Pineapple-scented.
The soft, fragrant jelly within.


AustraliaPoetry International Web 

foto – fruit on a coldstream street tree ulmarra nov 09.

" Shun doctors and doctors’ drugs if you wish to be well," was the seventh, last, and best, rule of health laid down by the famous physician Hoffman

"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"


" The sins of our youth we atone for in our old age " (Latin).

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Envy wears the mask of Love



The Envious Lobster, Poem

"Miss Gould"


“Yes!” cried the lobster, “that I’ll do,
And thrice as much, if needs must be
To be as gaily clad as she!”
Then, in she made a fatal dive
And never more was seen alive.
Now, those who learn the lobster’s fate,
Will see how envy could create
A vain desire within her breast,
And pride of dress could do the rest,
That brought her to an early death:
’T was love of show that cost her breath.

Old Sturbridge Village