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In lands I never saw -- they say
Immortal Alps look down --
Whose bonnets touch the firmament --
Whose sandals touch the town --

Meek at whose everlasting feet
A myriad daisy play --
Which, Sir, are you and which am I
Upon an August day?

Emily Dickinson
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Present Tense Simple

HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
"Between the computer, a pencil, and a typewriter
half my day passes. One day it will be half a century.
I live in strange cities and sometimes talk
with strangers about matters strange to me.
I listen to music a lot: Bach, Mahler, Chopin, Shostakovich.
I see three elements in music: weakness, power, and pain.
The fourth has no name.
I read poets, living and dead, who teach me
tenacity, faith, and pride. I try to understand
the great philosophers--but usually catch just
scraps of their precious thoughts.
I like to take long walks on Paris streets
and watch my fellow creatures, quickened by envy,
anger, desire; to trace a silver coin
passing from hand to hand as it slowly
loses its round shape (the emperor's profile is erased).
Beside me trees expressing nothing
but a green, indifferent perfection.
Black birds pace the fields,
waiting patiently like Spanish widows.
I'm no longer young, but someone else is always older.
I like deep sleep, when I cease to exist,
and fast bike rides on country roads when poplars and houses
dissolve like cumuli on sunny days.
Sometimes in museums the paintings speak to me
and irony suddenly vanishes.
I love gazing at my wife's face.
Every Sunday I call my father.
Every other week I meet with friends,
thus proving my fidelity.
My country freed itself from one evil. I wish
another liberation would follow.
Could I help in this? I don't know.
I'm truly not a child of the ocean,
as Antonio Machado wrote about himself,
but a child of air, mint and cello
and not all the ways of the high world
cross paths with the life that--so far--
belongs to me."



Adam Zagajewski - "Self-Portrait"
"The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."

Comments

  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,388 mod
    "I'm no longer young, but someone else is always older."

    Great example of the tense Hekner. Thanks for sharing.
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    “Why does she have wings?
    So she can fly.”
    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    “What do women want?
    Shoes.”
    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ... do you brush your teeth before you kiss?
    Do you miss my smell?
    [...]
    Do you feel like you belong?
    And does he drive you wild or just mildly free? (Damien Rice - Accidental Babies)
    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "Boys only want love if it's torture ..." (Taylor Swift - Blank Space)


    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,388 mod
    "I don't compare myself to anyone else; I don't make comments about anyone else because they do what feels right for them, and that's okay by me."

    Taylor Swift

    Or maybe not.
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience."
    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,072 mod
    edited February 2016
    :)

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