Here’s a brave earth to sin and suffer on….
We’ll sow it thick enough with graves as green
Or greener certes, than its knowledge-tree.
We’ll have the cypress for the tree of life,
More eminent for shadow: for the rest,
We’ll build it dark with towns and pyramids,
And temples, if it please you:—we’ll have feasts
And funerals also, merrymakes and wars,
Till blood and wine shall mix and run along
Right o’er the edges…
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Drama of Exile”
“I just want a hot cup of coffee,black,and I don’t want to hear about your troubles.”
– Charles Bukowski
“Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.”
– Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,
I keep it staying at Home –
With a bobolink for a Chorister,
And an Orchid for a Dome.
~Emily Dickinson, C.1862