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Old 02-25-2004, 07:28 PM   #361
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Old 02-25-2004, 08:12 PM   #362
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Old 02-25-2004, 08:14 PM   #363
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Old 02-25-2004, 10:23 PM   #364
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Old 02-25-2004, 10:43 PM   #366
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Old 02-25-2004, 10:49 PM   #367
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Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet’s job.

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Old 02-26-2004, 12:58 PM   #369
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:32 PM   #370
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POETRY

And it was at that age...Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.


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Old 02-26-2004, 05:35 PM   #371
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Old 02-26-2004, 07:34 PM   #372
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unreal city,
under the brown fog of a winter dawn.
a crowd flowed over london bridge, so many,
i had not thought death had undone so many.
t.s. eliot - the waste land
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Old 02-26-2004, 07:41 PM   #373
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Proclaim how wide your empires are;
Though you bind in every shore
And your triumphs reach as far
As night or day,
Yet you, proud monarchs, must obey
And mingle with forgotten ashes, when
Death calls ye to the crowd of common men.

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Old 02-26-2004, 07:47 PM   #374
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Old 02-26-2004, 09:13 PM   #375
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