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.
 
PaTricK ThE PoeT 

 
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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THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-25-08)

Some pretty good ones again!  Enjoy.  If anyone can tell me who Eddie Rickenbacker is, you win beautiful poetic points.  But no fair looking it up!
Patrick The Poet 


THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-25-08)
 
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. 
–H. H. Munro ‘Saki’ (1870-1916) 
 
A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness. 
–Zadok Rabinwitz  
 
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 
–Winston Churchill, Sir (1874-1965)  
 
A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. 
–George S. Patton, General (1885-1945)  
 
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. 
–David Brinkley  
 
Nothing in life gives a man so much courage as the attainment or renewal of the conviction that other people regard him with favor; because it means that everyone joins to give him help and protection, which is an infinitely stronger bulwark against the ills of life than anything he can do himself.
–Arthur Schopenhauer
 
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.
–Edmund Morrison
 
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts..
–Albert Einstein
 
You may not remember what someone says or does, but you’ll never forget  how they made you feel.
–Author unknown
 

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.
–Francis Bacon, “Essays, Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature”, 1625
 
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men and women who can dream of things that never were.
–John F. Kennedy

 
If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
–Edward Rickenbacker

 
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
–Stephen King
 
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
–Marie Curie
 
There is just one way to bring up a child in the way he should go and that is to travel that way yourself.
–Abraham Lincoln

THE STRANGER…revisited

My modest orbit of family and friends lost a dear friend this week.  His name is John DeWitt.  And he was a good, loyal friend to oh so many, as well as a loving, devoted husband, and fantastic, caring father.  Every instance the world loses a such a good person, the world is terribly diminished, I do believe.  And we will sorely miss John DeWitt, and his goodness, and his uniqueness.  In tribute to him and his dear family, here is a hunble poem by moi to give hope and inspiration to whomever may so seek and need.
 
THE STRANGER

Now surrounded here by death and doom and disaster,
Despair is my pilot and tragedy my master!
(And my only hope is to be saved by a Stranger). 
For yes, I knew a life of warmth and joy and laughter
And one that was guided by faith and the Hereafter;
It was one that could confront any fear or danger!

But now when I became a drowning man in the sea
With nothing around but drowning waves and tides and me,
I would pray some Stranger came to set my life anew!
And though I have no hopes nor friends here now to save me
Nor even the faith in God that God Himself gave me,
I pray to hear His voice say: “Hold on, I will save you!”

If you are of a mind and kind, please leave a note of condolence to John’s wife and family at https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/nana2cj?fref=ts.  It will be much appreciated.
 

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (From 10-09-08)

Thomas Wolfe, one of America’s greatest novelists, starts off this round of profound quotes.  If you’ve never read “Of Time And The River,” I highly recommend it.  It is a pure and simple example of The Great American Novel.  And one by a nonpareil poet who wrote his verse as prose.
 
Patrick The Poet
 
 
THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (From 10-09-08)
 
All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, and the lover to the love he has forsaken.
–Thomas Wolfe, “Of Time and the River”
 
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
–Sir Winston Churchill
 
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
–George Horace Lorimer
 
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
–Christopher Hampton
 
I have always admired the insular closed-mindedness which fundamentalists possess, a quality which allows them to filter the chaff from the wheat. And eat the chaff.
–Jim Acker
 
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny…”
–Isaac Asimov
 
It is as useless to argue with those that have renounced the use and authority of reason as to argue with the dead.
–Thomas Paine
 
You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place.
–Jonathan Swift
 
It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.
–Edmund Way Teale, “Circle of the Seasons,” 1950
 
This mesa plain had an appearance of great antiquity, and of incompleteness; as if, with all the materials for world-making assembled, the Creator had desisted, gone away and left everything on the point of being brought together, on the eve of being arranged into mountain, plain, plateau. The country was still waiting to be made into a landscape.
–Willa Cather
 
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
–Lewis Carroll
 
Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.
–Tom Krause
 
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.
–Morrie Schwartz

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