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April 29, 2005

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Amanda

Boy, that Auden brought a tear to my eye.

Missouri Mule

Tell me not, in mournful numbness

Life is but an empty dream

For the soul is dead that slumbers

And things are not what they seem

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal

Dust thou art, to dust returnest

Was not spoken of the soul

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow

Is our destined end or way

But to act, that each tomorrow

Finds us farther than today

Art is long, and time is fleating

And our hearts, though stout and brave

Still, like muffled drums are beating

Funeral marches to the grave

In the word's broad field of battle

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Heretik

There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're traveling with me

Don't Dream It's Over

Neil Finn Crowded House

Missouri Mule

I think there are many delightful children who somehow cannot stand to grow up; they come to nothing. And in the same way later on in life there are many people who cannot endure age--the good qualities they had in their youth disappears and nothing comes to replace them. It is as if they merely fade---without maturing.
I have actually have often thought about this: how age is the greatest test for everyone--just like wine. It takes a really good vintage to stand up to long keeping. The lesser harvest is best drunk right away, without illusion, its goes down well enough.
But the really good onoe--what charm and worth it acquires through being matured. As long as it quite fresh no one could tell what is the worth. But after fifty or only twenty years. Oy!

The Heretik

Oy indeed!

Red red wine you make me feel so fine
You keep me rocking all of the time
Red red wine you make me feel so grand
I feel a million dollars when your just in my hand
Red red wine you make me feel so sad
Any time I see you go it make me feel bad
Red red wine you make me feel so fine
Monkey pack him rizla pon the sweet dep line
Red red wine you give me whole heap of zing
Whole heap of zing mek me do me own thing
Red red wine you really know how fi love
Your kind of loving like a blessing from above
Red red wine I love you right from the start
Right from the start with all of my heart
Red red wine in a 80's style
Red red wine in a modern beat style, yeah

Missouri Mule

The days of wine and roses.
Just a passing breeze
Filled with memories
Of the golden days that introduced me to
The days of wine and roses and you. XOXOXO

bitchphd

The Auden is great, and always reminds me of Dylan Thomas's "Do not go Gentle"

michelle

We were looking up, your breath stirred
tendrils on my neck, your wet mouth
was atop my head, I was a grass

waving. It was our first night, you
were a stranger. Fragments
of constellations whirled, wildness
cabled down through the woods, you went
into me, I went into you, some kind of light
wheeled as we stood, we were a grass

entered. Black heaven was alive,
had reached us across immeasurable spaces.
And was there as we drove back,
and was waiting all through the days
I did not know how to love you.
You waited, and we grew like grasses.

Rosemary Winslow

http://washingtonart.com/beltway/winslow.html

KathyF

Thanks for reminding me why Auden is my favorite poet.

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