so you want to be a writer? if it doesn't come bursting out of you, in spite of everything, don't do it. unless it comes unasked out of your heart &your mind &your mouth &your gut. if you first have to read it to anybody at all, you're not ready. unless being still would drive you to madness. when it is truly time, it will keep on doing it until you die. no other way.
began to read, the meaning was too deep for me then.
discard that thought &leave. that's power.
daring trouble to show its face; panting for somebody's, anybody's demise.
excited by your dumb valor; they will try to claim you as their v own, looking harmless.
what am I doing to myself &why ? it's all just vanity stuffing its own swollen self.
become reasonable &sane again; more beautiful; lighter &larger. old habits die slowly.
I was 8y old &it wasn't going well. I had a hiding place. possessed by idea of wanting 2fly
I don't understand the instructions
if I bet on humanity, I'd never cash a ticket. (thank God, God doesn't feel this way !!!)
about that time, decided to tune out. could hear sounds but allowed to drift, so peaceful
I was on the minds of lots of ppl -my own fault for being such an easy writer to read.
the beginning of another perfect day . (writing prompt). remember this /now see here.
my woman remembers everything. #women #judging. that they 'member me is bad enuf
yes, I'm romantic, overly sentimental &I do not apologize for this: Gogh sliced ear 4whore
perfectly developed spirit, drawing everything he saw &more.
reaping imaginary riches; the mind was not enough.
Salinger not believing world was worth writing for. nobody sure what Shakespeare was.
my function in that strange little world was to lose. when I won I lost, when I lost, I won.
younger then, more open to the dream
man had to have guts to shove on through. everybody was so sad, defeated, subservient
I don't want to see everything ! let me imagine it.
except the reality which no amount of efficient modern plumbing can whirl away
frankly, always thought my writing was for the purpose of keeping ME from going under.
I know I shouldn't write so many poems but it's a form of self entertainment I get paid 4
describe self as obnoxious. demand all territories open 4criticism. tread heavily on truth
driving the freeways, appears to me, gods are getting ready to destroy city of angels .
which tells you how dangerous poetry really is
whatever you want you aren't going to get it by trying too hard,
you drive from memory &on instinct. (like, we are robots, not making any decisions..).
aint v little little food, but was amazingly strong. caught up in life I could find no meaning.
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if you can , keep your head when all about you are losing theirs &blaming.. trust yourself when all men doubt, but make allowance for their doubting too; if you can wait ¬ be tired of waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies, or being hated, don't give way to hating, &yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise. if you can dream -¬ make dreams your master; think -¬ make thoughts your aim; if you can meet w Triumph &Diaster, &treat those 2 imposters just the same; if you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap fro fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken. &stoop &build em up w worn -out tools. if you can make 1 heap of all your winnings &risk it on 1 turn of pitch &toss, &lose, &start again at your beginnings, &never breathe a word about your loss.. if you can talk w crowds &keep your virtue, or walk w Kings -nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you. if all men count w you, but none too much.. Yours is the Earth &everything that's in it, &-which is more -you'll be a Man, my son!
-father's advice to son; Kipling
"in order2be able2think you have2risk being offensive."JBP
i am no bird; &no net ensnares me. -charlotte bronte
"never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -in nothing, great or small, large or petty -never give in except to convictions of honor &good sense." -w. churchill. 10/28/41
i am not afraid of storms, for i am learning how to sail my ship. -louisa may alcott
nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. persistence &determination alone are omnipotent.
i am not an extraordinary man, &i am quite ordinary. but God chose me for something quite extraordinary. -a. valladares receives '16 canterbury medal.
not failure, but low aim, is crime -james russell lowell
a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus -mlk jr. (you are all leaders .#experts)
it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust &sweat &blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again &again because there is no effort without error &shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the trump of high achievement, &who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold &timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -theodore roosevelt
we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -aristotle
no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -eleanor roosevelt
a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.-gk c.