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FORGIVE THE EDITOR'S OMISSION IN IGNORANCE OF YOUR COUNTRY OR YOUR POEM .. ADD YOUR FAVORITES

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When the mind is open and awake   then do the gods partake
to fill the spaces in between the dreamer and his dream  -Sarah Pere-
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Forgiveness is a game only saints play. -Kabir-
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Love is nature's way of giving a reason to be living"  Han Suyin
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Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.   Emily Dickinson
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"I love little children but I don't cut off their heads and stick them in vases"
George Bernard Shaw on plucking flowers
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"Did you ever lose your heart and then find your soul?"  Daryl Eliot
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I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.  The woman known as George Sand
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  "Only in my dreams I am free"  Ron Parrish
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"The accused are tried in courts they never enter."  Patricia Joan Jones
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A man's heart saddened is a poet's heart gladdened     Michael Wilson of Washington DC
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When you do something from your heart, you leave a heartprint   Alice Walker
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"Life's an efile spelt backwards ..splice a scene you don't want and see it on the floor..
walk on it and walk out the door  Buddiee
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Earth's crammed with heaven...But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
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Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.   Rabindranath Tagore

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“That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less      Arundhati Roy,

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"Love is more powerful than lover for love is not bound by form"  Baba Hari Das

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"To a former foe... Now I see you as a pure rushing fountain adorned only by your own sweet splashes"    Jan Freundschuh  (wemni on postpoems)

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"Forgive them... you don't know how they are tied to the traintracks of their karma."   S A Grafio

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Poetry is language at its most distilled.     Rita Dove

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"When one eats cow's tongue, who is tasting whom?"   Mark Braunstein

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Be content if your service is to lift a lame lamb over a stile.  -Sai Baba-

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"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count the apples ih a seed." Robert Schuller

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Every word we utter or write is either a blessing or a curse     Unknown

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Thinking negatively is akin to focusing a mirror on the void instead of on the light.  -Sathya Sai Baba- paraphrased

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"Kashmir is mont crowned, lake garlanded and flower shod."  Paramahansa Yogananda

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Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. -Jesus

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The branch need not ask support from the vine. (paraphrased) -God Calling

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People may forget what you said .. but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou

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The entire world shall be populous with that action which saves one soul from despair   Omar Khayyam

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Even as a river demands its own course   -blacktealeaves-

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Secretary change: The typewriter sound of a chicken pecking for corn was gone, replaced by the sound of 120 words a minute-DPB-

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I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one. Edna St Vincent Millay

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"Cold is the absence of heat. Darkness is the absence of light. Absences do not exist. Evil does not exist." Rajneesh

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 'And St Francis said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of Love' And the almond tree blossomed.'  

Nikos Kazantzakis

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"Description (not preaching) bypasses the opposition of the reader."  Meher Baba paraphrased

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I know why the caged bird sings     Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeezing it into little inkdrops, And posting it.  Amy Lowell

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He that slayeth an ox is as he that slayeth a man     Isaiah 66:3

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"Krishna was conceived in his mother's womb as purely as the rays of the setting sun in the west are transmitted to the rising moon in the East"  Srila Prabhupad paraphrased

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"Rising from the ocean, monsoon clouds travel toward the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.... hug them and return roaring to the plains, laden with pure snowy waters."   Swami Rama

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Dandelions... they must be God's favorite flower for he plants them everywhere   James M Grubb

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Lady conductor... she raised her baton and Beethoven answered.  John C Lehman Jr

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My master's visualizations were so powerful their condensation into matter was mere signature

    Kriyananda speaking of Yogananda

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No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”  Mary Shelley

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Do not go into the mirror house. Only the simple light of truth will get you through. -Donald W Wilson

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"I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed

and that necessary."  Margaret Atwood

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He is a heavy eater of beef. Methinks it doth harm to his wit    William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night

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And still after all this time, the sun has never said to the earth 'you owe me'. Look what happens with love like that.  Rumi

 

There's a big, restless, fly in my room this morning. Its wings a-buzz. There was a time I would have killed it on the spot, but, now that I am older, I don't see the point in doing so. Its death won't make my coffee taste better, and, if anything, will make my luck worse.   Dan Tompsett

 

The beasts that talk
The streams that stand
The stones that walk
The singing sands   -Josephine Tey-

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What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – -Crowfoot, Isapo-Muxika was a chief of the Siksika First Nation. 1830-1890

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When rain whispers it is snow.   -Julie O'Callaghan

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After killing a spider,
how lonely I feel
in the cold of night!
        -Masaoko Shiki

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    In a Station of the Metro
    The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
    Petals on a wet, black bough.
          -Ezra Pound-

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We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice.  -Nobel prize winner
   Isaac B Singer who criticized Nabokov for killing beautiful butterflies and impaling them

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God is available through endless electric outlets. Each person has immediate access to a plug
    Sathya Sai Baba

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Connie Salamone: I dance among the raindrops hoping not
   to get wet

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"'They buried us, but they didn't know we were seeds. '" Dinos Christianopoulos

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Al Franken:  Perry Mason always announces the murderer around
five minutes to the hour (paraphrased)
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Six year old N Earley watching her grandfather bait a hook:  "Grandpa
were the worms bad?"
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When God sings with his creations, will a turtle not be part of his choir?  -unknown-
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All the sweetest apples have been windfalls.  -Lolette Kuby

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“There was a mouse for want of stairs Ran up a rope to say his prayers.” Isaac Watts
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If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth. —Julian Assange
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The state cannot give life but demands the right to take it.  -Frederick C Davis (author) or Harry O Hoyt (screenplay)-

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“I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.”  -Joan Baez-
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Lady Conductor: She raised her baton.. and Beethoven answered.-John C Lehman Jr
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The judge murders within the law   -Agatha Christie-
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Hitherto I had stuck to my resolution of not eating animal food, and on this occasion I considered, with my master Tryon, the taking every fish as a kind of unprovoked murder, since none of them had or ever could do us any injury that might justify the slaughter   -Benjamin Franklin in his autobiography-

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The beach at Sanibel...an Arlington cemetery of shells  -Janet B.O.-

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Chills are sometimes called goose bumps because each time a feather was yanked out of a goose a bump was left. -JECJ-

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Another storm has clothed me in the silk of purity   -Patricia Joan Jones-

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And even in our sleep, 
pain which cannot forget
 falls drop by drop upon the heart,
 until in our own despair, 
against our will,
 comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” Aeschylus
(quoted by Robert F Kennedy on the night he had the painful duty of announcing to the gathered crowd that Martin Luther King had been murdered.)
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How swiftly flows the Mogami, gathering all the rains of June    Matsuo Bashō
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(Fear is like) a bank of low dark clouds  (Yet) It is not strong enough to stop a button's fall, nor hold a feather.  Course In Miracles  (paraphrased)
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I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.  Gwendolyn Brooks.
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I don't need to be better than anyone else. I need to be better than I used to be.  Wayne Dyer
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Those who are conceived in a cage will weep for a cage     Yevgeny Yevtushenko after visiting a fur farm
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Don't worry, spiders. I keep house casually      Issa
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The Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come   Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching
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Squirrels tunnel under the snow and climb up the birdfeeder. The hummingbirds whirl around in a dance for their beloved's appearnace   Nancy A Lynch
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I felt like an orange deliciously being pulled apart segment by segment   J Pear, an official LSD researcher   
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My mother's laugh was a magnetic waterfall     Jan Freundschuh  
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I don't hate in plurals.   P G Wodehouse's reply to someone who made a racist statement.
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Don't try to micromanage God  H Pani
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The Himalayas are the massed laughter of Shiva   -unknown author-
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Snowmen drop unassembled from the sky  -anonymous email-

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Do you seek to vent or to persuade?  -EKB-

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My God is the God of the least, the lost, the last  -unknown

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Consider the lilies of the field. They neither toil nor do they spin, but Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed as one of these   -Jesus-

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Be careful of your actions today. You may be the only

scripture another will know.   -Fred Volpert-

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The silent sun has fallen, heralding the symphony of the night.  -James Grubb-

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My father's will was so strong it was a police escort into reality.   John C Lehman Jr

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The unspeakable in full pursuit of the inedible    -Oscar Wilde on foxhunting


We need money to repair bridges, and homes for those who presently live under bridges. -Bernie Sanders paraphrased


When the flowers blossom, the bees come. -Ram Dass

(formerly Dr Richard Alpert)  author of Miracle Of Love

 

Two disparate pieces of the jigsaw. Somehow we found each other. Fit, perfect. -Tullemore Dew-  of postpoems

 


When the student is ready the teacher comes  -Bhavagad Gita

 

 



April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
T.S. Eliot

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Others because you did not keep
That deep-sworn vow have been friends of mine;
Yet always when I look death in the face,
When I clamber to the heights of sleep,
Or when I grow excited with wine,
Suddenly I meet your face.

- in A Deep-Sworn Vow by Wm. Butler Yeats

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'Wha'tever words flop like a frantic fish begging for breath we delete. -Dalton Patterson

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You came through my torn world

like a baptizing tsunamic storm... -Dalton Patterson

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“Resist much, obey little.” “What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”  -Walt Whitman


(An internet post) is a message in a bottle, as is ever word we speak but we don't know what shores our words will reach  -A Mindful Vegan  on Twitter

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 The sea asks for

nothing but those who stand by her shores

gradually attune themselves to her rhythm.

 Charles Dickens

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Windows of wet rain become latticed lace  -Allets

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A Milkweed

Anonymous as cherubs
Over the crib of God,
White seeds are floating
Out of my burst pod.
What power had I
Before I learned to yield?
Shatter me, great wind:
I shall possess the field.

A Stone

As casual as cow-dung
Under the crib of God,
I lie where chance would have me,
Up to the ears in sod.
Why should I move? To move
Befits a light desire.
The sill of Heaven would founder,
Did such as I aspire

- Richard Wilbur  Two Voices In A Meadow-.

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Abraham Lincoln's address at Gettysburg.. 270 words spoken in less than 3 minutes.. now carved in stone:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

-Abraham Lincoln  Gettysburg Address

270 words spoken in less than 3 minutes.. now carved in stone:,

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Add C Godard, G Hudson, Kabir, Gibran, E Lynch, Dan Tompsett