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A Dream within a Dream
Edgar Allen Poe


Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
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Old 02.06.2012, 17:38
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Rememberby Christina Georgina Rossetti
(1830-1894)


Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
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Something from the German poet an writer, Erich Kaestner (1899-1974), for obvious reasons in German:

Wieso warum?Warum sind tausend Kilo eine Tonne?
Warum ist drei mal drei nicht sieben?
Warum dreht sich die Erde um die Sonne?
Warum heißt Erna Erna statt Yvonne?
Und warum hat das Luder nicht geschrieben?

Warum ist Professoren alles klar?
Warum ist schwarzer Schlips zum Frack verboten?
Warum erfährt man nie, wie alles war?
Warum bleibt Gott grundsätzlich unsichtbar?
Und warum reißen alte Herren Zoten?

Warum darf man sein Geld nicht selber machen?
Warum bringt man sich nicht zuweilen um?
Warum trägt man im Winter Wintersachen?
Warum darf man, wenn jemand stirbt, nicht lachen?
Und warum fragt der Mensch bei jedem Quark: WARUM?
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Old 27.06.2012, 01:13
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As I Walked Out One Evening - W.H. Auden

As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss.

'In headaches and in worry
Vaguely life leaks away,
And Time will have his fancy
To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley
Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water,
Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
And wonder what you've missed.

'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror,
O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on.
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Moving to a new place after 2 years in a nice place with a lot of fond memories... Commemorating it with Tennyson's

"Tears, Idle Tears"

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.

Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
That brings our friends up from the underworld,
Sad as the last which reddens over one
That sinks with all we love below the verge;
So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.

Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awaken'd birds
To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.

Dear as remembered kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feign'd
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more!
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I wrote this poem; yet to give it a name..Thinking about it .. In terza rima

On a fine clear morn, I went to the sea
To build in sand, the mansion of my dream
And tessellate it with shells and cowrie

That it had been quite a while it did seem
Since I visited my old friend; for a fear
Unknown I felt and so I said to him

I'm afraid, very afraid. My mind does sear
Unlike thine from tremors that are real
The pain sometimes becomes too hard to bear

The sea guffawed to mock at my ordeal
But remained silent like prophet of doom
In its midst, leaving me forever to spiel

I wish the mind of a child in its womb
I wish the peace of a man in his tomb
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revisiting this thread as i walked home today seeing all of the christmas trees waiting beside the trash bins...

little tree

by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

LITTLE tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don't be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we'll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"
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The Cows At Night
by Hayden Carruth –

The moon was like a full cup tonight,
too heavy, and sank in the mist
soon after dark, leaving for light

faint stars and the silver leaves
of milkweed beside the road,
gleaming before my car.

Yet I like driving at night
in summer and in Vermont:
the brown road through the mist

of mountain-dark, among farms
so quiet, and the roadside willows
opening out where I saw

the cows. Always a shock
to remember them there, those
great breathings close in the dark.

I stopped, and took my flashlight
to the pasture fence. They turned
to me where they lay, sad

and beautiful faces in the dark,
and I counted them–forty
near and far in the pasture,

turning to me, sad and beautiful
like girls very long ago
who were innocent, and sad

because they were innocent,
and beautiful because they were
sad. I switched off my light.

But I did not want to go,
not yet, nor knew what to do
if I should stay, for how

in that great darkness could I explain
anything, anything at all.
I stood by the fence. And then

very gently it began to rain.


It's an amazing poem that has been sticking to me for ages..I have been trying to shake it off, replace, forget it, but nothing else can do its job, really. Carruth was magic.
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What Was Told, That

Jalal al-Din Rumi, 1207 - 1273




What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest. What was told the cypress that made it strong and straight, what was whispered the jasmine so it is what it is, whatever made sugarcane sweet, whatever was said to the inhabitants of the town of Chigil in Turkestan that makes them so handsome, whatever lets the pomegranate flower blush like a human face, that is being said to me now. I blush. Whatever put eloquence in language, that’s happening here. The great warehouse doors open; I fill with gratitude, chewing a piece of sugarcane, in love with the one to whom every that belongs!



From The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems, translated by Coleman Barks
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The Sky Was by e.e. cummings.

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Well I gotta get drunk and I sure do dread it
'Cause I know just what I'm gonna do
I'll start to spend my money callin' everybody honey
And wind up singin' the blues
I'll spend my whole paycheck on some old wreck
And brother I can name you a few
Well I gotta get drunk and I sure do dread it
'Cause I know just what I'm gonna do
I gotta get drunk, I can't stay sober
There's a lot of good people in town
That'd like to see me holler, see me spend my dollar
And I wouldn't think of lettin' 'em down
There's a lot of doctors tell me
That I'd better start slowing it down
But there's more old drunks than there are old doctors
So I guess we better have another round
Well now I gotta get drunk and I sure do dread it
'Cause I know just what I'm gonna do
I'll start to spend my money callin' everybody honey
And wind up singin' the blues
I'll spend my whole paycheck on some old wreck
And brother I can name you a few
Well I gotta get drunk and I sure do dread it
'Cause I know just what I'm gonna do
Well now I gotta get drunk and I sure do dread it
'Cause I know just what I'm gonna do
I'll start to spend my money callin' everybody honey
And wind up singin' the blues
I'll spend my whole paycheck on some old wreck
And brother I can name you a few
Well I gotta get drunk and I sure do dread it
'Cause I know just what I'm gonna do
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Vieltausendmal derselbe Blick
Durchs Fenster in mein Weltenstück.
Ein Apfelbaum im blassen Grün,
Und drüber tausendfaches Blühn,
So an den Himmel angelehnt,
Ein Wolkenband, weit ausgedehnt …
Der Kinder Nachmittagsgeschrei,
Als ob die Welt nur Kindheit sei;
Ein Wagen fährt, ein Alter steht
Und wartet bis sein Tag vergeht.
Leicht aus dem Schornstein auf dem Dach
Schwebt unser Rauch den Wolken nach …
Ein Vogel singt, und zwei und drei,
Der Schmetterling fliegt rasch vorbei,
Die Hühner fressen, Hähne krähn,
Ja lauter fremde Menschen gehn
Im Sonnenschein, jahrein, jahraus
Vorbei an unserem alten Haus.
Die Wäsche flattert auf dem Strick
Und drüber träumt ein Mensch vom Glück,
Im Keller weint ein armer Mann,
Weil er kein Lied mehr singen kann …
So ist es ungefähr bei Tag,
Und jeder neue Glockenschlag
Bringt tausendmal denselben Blick,
Durchs Fenster in mein Weltenstück
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Pablo Neruda

“When I see the sea again
has the sea seen me or hasn’t it seen me?
Why the waves ask me
The same that I ask them?
And why do they hit the rock
With such a futile enthusiasm?
Don’t they get tired of repeating
their declaration to the sand?”
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Each and All


Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown,
Of thee from the hill-top looking down;
The heifer that lows in the upland farm,
Far-heard, lows not thine ear to charm;
The sexton, tolling his bell at noon,
Deems not that great Napoleon
Stops his horse, and lists with delight,
Whilst his files sweep round yon Alpine height;
Nor knowest thou what argument
Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent.
All are needed by each one;
Nothing is fair or good alone.
I thought the sparrow's note from heaven,
Singing at dawn on the alder bough;
I brought him home, in his nest, at even;
He sings the song, but it pleases not now,
For I did not bring home the river and sky; —
He sang to my ear, — they sang to my eye.
The delicate shells lay on the shore;
The bubbles of the latest wave
Fresh pearls to their enamel gave;
And the bellowing of the savage sea
Greeted their safe escape to me.
I wiped away the weeds and foam,
I fetched my sea-born treasures home;
But the poor, unsightly, noisome things
Had left their beauty on the shore,
With the sun, and the sand, and the wild uproar.
The lover watched his graceful maid,
As 'mid the virgin train she stayed,
Nor knew her beauty's best attire
Was woven still by the snow-white choir.
At last she came to his hermitage,
Like the bird from the woodlands to the cage; —
The gay enchantment was undone,
A gentle wife, but fairy none.
Then I said, "I covet truth;
Beauty is unripe childhood's cheat;
I leave it behind with the games of youth:" —
As I spoke, beneath my feet
The ground-pine curled its pretty wreath,
Running over the club-moss burrs;
I inhaled the violet's breath;
Around me stood the oaks and firs;
Pine-cones and acorns lay on the ground;
Over me soared the eternal sky,
Full of light and of deity;
Again I saw, again I heard,
The rolling river, the morning bird; —
Beauty through my senses stole;
I yielded myself to the perfect whole.


-R.W. Emerson
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Do not stand at my grave and weep
by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep:
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starshine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry:
I am not there; I did not die.
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I feel sorry

I feel sorry for the butterflies
When I turn off the light,
And for the bats
When I switch it on...
Can’t I take a single step
Without offending someone?


So many odd things happen
That I want to hold
My head in my hands,
But an anchor thrown from the sky
Pulls them down...


It’s not time yet
To tear up the sails.
Let things be.
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