“He’d noticed that sex bore some resemblance to cookery: it fascinated people, they sometimes bought books full of complicated recipes and interesting pictures, and sometimes when they were really hungry they created vast banquets in their imagination – but at the end of the day they’d settle quite happily for egg and chips. If it was well done and maybe had a slice of tomato.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant
ˆFOTO – HOMEGROWN TOMATOES AT THE BEACHSHACK
“You ask how many friends I have? Water and stone, bamboo and pine.
The moon rising over the eastern hill is a joyful comrade.
Besides these five companions, what other pleasure should I ask? “
– Yon Sun-do (1587-1671), Korean Poet, Sigo
James K. Baxter, Collected Poems (OUP 1979)
“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.”
― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
– Angela Thirkell
Children are the sweet peas in the garden of life!
Cats always know whether people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it.
– Winifred Carriere
~ West African
― Maziar Bahari, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival
“It was a pleasure to watch them eating jalebis, always entreating the other to eat some more—the beauty of love that had mellowed in the evening of life.”
― Narendra Jadhav, Untouchables: My Family’s Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India
Lowell, Amy –
“Oh how lovely it is!’ she kept saying. Look what a moon! Oh, how lovely!…I feel like squatting down on my heels, putting my arms round my knees like this, tight – as tight as can be – and flying away!” Prince Andrei, a serious man who thought he had given up on the pleasures of life, hears her from below, and “all at once such an unexpected turmoil of youthful thoughts and hopes, contrary to the whole tenor of his life, surged up in his heart.”
― Leo Tolstoy
― Alan Bradley, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
“I walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Junk turns the user into a plant. Plants do not feel pain since pain has no function in a stationary organism. Junk is a pain killer. A plant has no libido in the human or animal sense. Junk replaces the sex drive. Seeding is the sex of the plant and the function of opium is to delay seeding.
Perhaps the intense discomfort of withdrawal is the transition from plant back to animal, from a painless, sexless, timeless state back to sex and pain and time, from death back to life.”
― William S. Burroughs, Junky
― Saint Augustine of Hippo
By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself : see what thy soul doth wear. Dare to look in thy chest for 'tis thine own, And tumble up and down what thou findest there. Who cannot rest till he good fellows finde, He breaks up house, turns out of doors his minde. George Herbert.
“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
Edgar Allan Poe
– In how far is this "pleasure" simply an escape or a temporary forgetting of daily problems?
– How nice would it be if I kept doing this without interruption for a few days?
– How fulfilled do I feel by this experience after 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days?
– To achieve the same great feeling as the first time, do I need more of the same the next time?
Following the right way and controlling the desires will bring us pleasure and order in life. Following the desires and forgetting the right way will not bring us pleasure and will bring disturbance into life."
(The Words of ‘Li Ji Raiki’)
so many gifts and talents,
birds soaring into their dreams,
and the sea, the sea,
chorus of rich, resonant salt,
touch the water,
we touch the sea,
And the waves tell the firm coast,
"Everything will be fulfilled."
A man should avoid these six evils: lust, anger, avarice, pleasure, pride, and rashness, for free of these he may be happy. Sanskrit.
foto- vintage coffee shop bellingen nsw 2010
Wilful waste makes woeful want.
foto – milton 2010
The most sensual man that ever was in the world never felt so delicious a pleasure as a clear conscience.
foto – grate in the carpark of coffs harbour hospital jan 2010
The Thrill Seekers
On the verandah rail, inquisitive Willie Wagtails,
dressed ready for a black tie dinner,
dance, twist, flit in a flash to perch teasingly
on a magpie’s back, saucy tale upright.
Do they hope perhaps, for a free flight?
With a sudden song—burst they dash through water spray,
wing span maximised to ride the wind, surf air waves,
ski the skies, in flight so free assistance is superfluous.
foto – clarence river at ulmarra