The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of their meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?
― Bob Marley
Lying Down In My Hotel Room,
Thinking About The Day
I have spent too long
telling the world the world is the world
and poetry is made of language.
Today on the Bedford platform, I began
the great poem: weeping openly on the public
telephone—the way some were staring
as they swirled past, the way some
weren’t—yes: it was truth
― P.C. Cast Kristin Cast, Tempted
“The BALLPOINT PENGUINS, black and white,
Do little else but write and write.
Although they’ve nothing much to say,
They write and write it anyway….”
― Jack Prelutsky, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems
― Mark Twain
“And none will hear the postman’s knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?”
― W.H. Auden
― Audrey Snead
“Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.”
― Sylvia Plath
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”
― Ray Bradbury
“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”