THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 10-31-08)

A lot of scary profound words inside this batch of quotations.  But then, considering what day it is two days from now, how apropos we end this month on such a high scary note!  So have a great, safe Halloween!
 
Patrick The Poet 

 
THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 10-31-08)
 
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.   
–Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
 
If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation.
–Rush Limbaugh
 
This is the fourth?
–Thomas Jefferson, (Last words spoken just before his death on July 4, 1826)
 
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
–Albert Einstein
 
Any subject can be made interesting, and therefore, any subject can be made boring.
–Hilaire Belloc
 
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they’re gone.
–George Eliot
 
I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween…
–Unknown
 
From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
–Scottish Proverb
 
Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue
of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s
leg, and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful
trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
–William Shakespeare, Witches in Macbeth
 
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
–Jean Baudrillard
 
The witches fly
Across the sky,
The owls go, “Who? Who? Who?
The black cats yowl
And green ghosts howl,
Scary Halloween to you!
–Nina Willis Walter
 
‘Tis the night, the night
Of the grave’s delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout.
But no, it is they, it is they!
–Arthur Cleveland Coxe
 
On Halloween, the parents send their kids out looking like me!
–Rodney Dangerfield

SESTINA OF LIGHT

There are many structured forms of verse to challenge poets and their poetical skills.  Hands down the most difficult and complicated form or poem structure to pen is the sestina.  You can learn all about a sestina on either or both these sites:

http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/form/sestina.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sestina

And, at this time, you can read an original sestina right here on my blog…for I wrote one (actually two!) several years ago and had the pleasure of seeing it published in a literary magazine at the time.  As you will see, the form adheres more to itself and its structure than it does to elegance of language or poeticness.  But if you’re one of those who has a convoluted mind, the sestina is something you should definitely enjoy!

Patrick The Poet

SESTINA OF LIGHT
For all our lives we should seek nothing but the truth.  
And to rise above the lies that live inside us.–   
Even those that were the flaws of good nature.   
And though we still know not the meaning of it all,   
Some of us will look for it in goodness and love.   
And some find it in the shadows that conceal light.   
Still, though it comes more often at dusk or twilight
And oftentimes as tragedy and bitter truth,
Impoverished of beauty and bereft of love
And wrought with all the fears that always deride us,
Whenever we decide we do not know it all–
We pray to find the God of our better nature!
And though hate be one strength of our human nature
That looms to empower us to hold back the light
(So that we can live like gods, if we live at all!)
And tempt us from having to face the bitter truth,
Should not urge our minds to keep our hearts outside us
Everytime we find it too difficult to love.
For we should see the stars above and beg for love
And hope to be forgiven for our worst nature.
That if there be a goodness that lives inside us,
May it offer eternal comfort and delight!
And not the grief of an unacceptable truth
That shows us only darkness…or nothing at all.
Yet somewhere there must be a light that shines for all,
And over this dark planet, so bereft of love.
That so starved and thirsting for beneficial truth
That we might rise beyond our inhuman nature
And live to finally find our eternal light–
Not inside some dubious faith, but inside us!
For neither hate nor grief can kill what’s inside us
If we always hold love and truth as best of all.
And neither is death nor darkness stronger than light
Nor hate ever capable of destroying love
If we seek the angels of our better nature
And always battle evil with goodness and truth!
For there dwells inside us deathless hope and true love.
But best of all, that which is our truest nature:
To reach and bask in perfect light…and live in truth!

Four Superlative Songs by ST‏

I sometimes love Country Music as much as I do Pop and Classical.  And sometimes there are artists and songs that transcend the genre and style of Country Music, I think.  Shania Twain I feel is one of those artists, and here are four favorite songs from her two biggest albums ever that fall into the universal songs category of music.  The video to each is pretty entertaining and clever, too, especially “When” and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good.”  But if you love beautiful music, you should really enjoy these.  They definitely transcend ordinary and ascend to what is really beautiful and great!  So I hope you enjoy.
 
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You’re Still The One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA
 

Thank You Baby! (for Makin’ Someday Come So Soon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOcCQ-kC4iE

The Retailer

Isn’t it fun to be able to visit this place called the Internet and then be able to read  fun, funny, feel-good blurbs like this?  And I don’t even charge for this sagaciously jocular service! 
 
Enjoy.
 
Patrick The Poet

 
Subject: De Stress!!
 
 
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scroll down to see this…read below….
 

A
strawberry blonde was weed-eating her yard and accidentally cut off the tailof her cat which was hiding in the grass.

She rushed her cat, along with the tail, over to WAL-MART!

Why WAL-MART??

HELLOOOOOOOOO!

WALMART is the largest re-tailer in the world!!!
       

 

TO ALL OUR ‘NUTTY’ FRIENDS….

Have a fabulous STRESS-FREE day!!!!

 

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 10-24-08)

Some very profound and wise sayings here this time around.  Makes one feel profound and wise on such a Monday after POET’S Day, yes?  🙂
 
Patrick The Poet
 
 
THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 10-24-08)

The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us. So it must have sounded when there was no Yalta, no Oreanda here; so it sounds now, and it will sound as indifferently and monotonously when we are all no more. And in this constancy, in this complete indifference to the life and death of each of us, there lies hid, perhaps, a pledge of our eternal salvation, of the unceasing movement of life upon earth, of unceasing progress towards perfection.
–Anton Chekhov
 
Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the red breast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple tree.
–Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight”
 
You are where you are right now in your life because of the choices you have made and the actions you have taken. If you want to change your life, remember that change starts with you.
–Jeffrey Keller, Motivational speaker and author
 
If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
–Albert Einstein
 
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
–Martin Luther King Jr.
 
When you are in Love you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.
–Dr Seuss
 
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.
–Isaac Asimov
 
Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
–John Maxwell
 
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
–E. E. Cummings
 
Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow.
–James Dean
 
We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes
 
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.
–Plato
 
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
–William Wordsworth
 
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
–Jean Paul
 
Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best.
–Napolean Hill
 
People never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.
–William A. Ward

OF VAMPIRES AND ANGELS

 

 

 

There are a lot of cosmic choices we have to make in life, and it’s not always easy.  But for some things I don’t think it’s so hard.  When it comes between good and evil and love and hate, for example. 

Here is a poem of mine that poetrically describes the kinds of choices I would make in such matters and what I would ultimately do.

–Patrick The Poet

 

OF VAMPIRES AND ANGELS

Sometimes we all need an ultimate challenge in our lives
And something to remind us why we live.
Thus, what more ultimate challenge be there
Than to choose between love and hate and goodness and evil?

So I wish any friend or stranger would come to me now
And ask me this first of two cosmic questions:
“Please tell me, fellow sage, what would you do
If ever your life should be beckoned by hate or evil?”

Well, my answer is clear: I would put a stake through his heart,
And stuff a clove of garlic in his mouth!
Then place a crucifix around his neck,
And then bury him facedown in a graveyard of the mind.

But ask me a better question of the two now at hand
And one that our lives deserve to answer!
“Please tell me, fellow sage, what would you do
If ever your life should be beckoned by love or goodness?”

Well, my answer is clear!–and as dear as hope, faith and truth!
I would summon salvation from her heart,
And know to bask in her eternity!
Then give my life to her in complete trust
(While thanking God and the angels above!)
And then lock her away inside the churchyard of my soul.

 

‘Il Silenzio’ – Melissa Venema (13 yo) playing the trumpet‏

I found this to be hauntingly beautiful. Such a gift this 13-year-old girl has. She plays the trumpet amazingly!

Visit this link: http://www.flixxy.com/trumpet-solo-melissa-venema.htm
And if you really love the horn, here is a piece of music where it is played and challenged to its highest limits…and done so in a most powerful and majestic manner.  It is Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March from Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), which is the last in a cycle of operas about the Norse gods.  It can stir one’s heart to mutiny and so much else, and is music one might call the ultimate!
 
Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFjGUk-PkYg&feature=related
 
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