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poetry, quotes & thoughts about life

bring me joy…

We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.

-Arnold Bennett

A few seconds before happiness

tore poems from my heart

it occurs to me

once again

that everything is grace

both sides of the gift are equal

giving = receiving

receiving = giving

that to fly free and ride the shining sunbeams

means trusting yourself completely

even in the uneven spaces

the hard edges pushing against us

knowing my own face allows me to forget

opens my soul to sheer beauty

I find myself on rivers of adventure

cutting through my grids of protection

through my grasping of thin shreds

through unnecessary issues of control

I am suddenly aware

the gates to the kingdom live right here

everything opens when I step forward

into this confident choice of knowing

into this very bursting moment of joy

into this perfect snowflake of eternal beauty

created just to melt

unseen by mere mortals

yet and still forever imprinted into this worlds history

just because

all because

in every which way because

simply because of love


Amy Lloyd

When you were poor

you did not sprawl among poppies

on the banks of the stream

singing, “I am rich! I am rich!”

No, friend, you did some work.

And now that you are on fire

with thirst for the Beloved,

do you fall on your pillow

like a bee into the rose, mumbling,

“I drown in the nectar of love”?

No, friend, you work.

You become this fire,

the thirst itself,

and do the deeper work

of begging!

– Fred LaMotte

“In the end I am not interested in that which I fully understand,

the words I have written over the years, are just a veneer.

There are truths that lie beneath the surface of the words,

truths that rise up without warning, like the

humps of a sea-monster, and then dissapear.

What performance in song is to me,

is finding a way to tempt the monster to the surface.

To create a space where the creature can break through what

is real and known to us.

This shimmering space, where imagination and reality intersect.

This is where all love, and tears, and joy exist.

This is the place, this is where we live.”

-Nick Cave – 20,000 Days on Earth

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