Favorite Lines From Poets Here And Elsewhere

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 When the mind is open and awake   then do the gods partake
to fill the spaces in between the dreamer and his dream  -Sarah Pere-


Forgiveness is a game only saints play. -Kabir-


"Love is nature's way of giving a reason to be living"  Han Suyin

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.   Emily Dickinson


"I love little children but I don't cut off their heads and stick them in vases"

George Bernard Shaw on plucking flowers

"Did you ever lose your heart and then find your soul?"  Daryl Eliot


I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.  The woman known as George Sand


 "Only in my dreams I am free"  Ron Parrish

"The accused are tried in courts they never enter."  Patricia Joan Jones

A man's heart saddened is a poet's heart gladdened     Michael Wilson of Washington DC

When you do something from your heart, you leave a heartprint   Alice Walker

"Life's an efile spelt backwards ..splice a scene you don't want and see it on the floor..
walk on it and walk out the door  Buddiee

Earth's crammed with heaven...But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning,

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.   Rabindranath Tagore

“That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less      Arundhati Roy,


"Love is more powerful than lover for love is not bound by form"  Baba Hari Das

"To a former foe... Now I see you as a pure rushing fountain adorned only by your own sweet splashes"    Jan Freundschuh  (wemni on postpoems)

"Forgive them... you don't know how they are tied to the traintracks of their karma."   S A Grafio

Poetry is language at its most distilled.     Rita Dove

"When one eats cow's tongue, who is tasting whom?"   Mark Braunstein

Unless we change our food choices, nothing else matters. Because it is meat that is destroying most of our forests. It is meat that pollutes the waters. It is meat that is creating disease which leads to all our money being diverted to hospitals.  Maneka Gandhi

"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count the apples ih a seed." Robert Shuller

Every word we utter or write is either a blessing or a curse     Unknown

Thinking negatively is akin to focusing a mirror on the void instead of on the light.  -Sathya Sai Baba- paraphrased

"Kashmir is mont crowned, lake garlanded and flower shod."  Paramahansa Yogananda

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. -Jesu

The branch need not ask support from the vine. (paraphrased) -God Calling

People may forget what you said .. but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou

The entire world shall be populous with that action which saves one soul from despair   Omar Khayyam

Even as a river demands its own course   -blacktealeaves-

Secretary change: The typewriter sound of a chicken pecking for corn was exchanged for the submachine gun on the keypad.  -DPB-

I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one. Edna St Vincent Millay

"Darkness is the absence of light. Absences do not exist. Darkness does not exist." Rajneesh

 'St Francis said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed.'  

Nikos Kazantzakis

"Description (not preaching) bypasses the opposition of the reader."  Meher Baba paraphrased

I know why the caged bird sings     Paul Lawrence Dunbar

I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeezing it into little inkdrops, And posting it.  Amy Lowell

He that slayeth an ox is as he that slayeth a man     Isaiah

"The avatar was conceived in his mother's womb as purely as the rays of the setting sun in the west are transmitted to the rising moon in the East"  Srila Prabhupad paraphrased

"Rising from the ocean, monsoon clouds travel toward the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.... hug them and return roaring to the plains, laden with pure snowy waters."   Swami Rama

Dandelions... they must be God's favorite flower for he plants them everywhere   James M Grubb

Lady conductor... she raised her baton and Beethoven answered.  John C Lehman Jr

My master's visualizations were so powerful their condensation into matter was mere signature 

    Kriyananda speaking of Yogananda

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”  Mary Shelley

Do not go into the mirror house. Only the simple light of truth will get you through. -Donald W Wilson

"I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed

and that necessary."  Margaret Atwood

He is a heavy eater of beef. Methinks it doth harm to his wit    William Shakespeare

(Milkweed seed) What power had I before I learned to yield. Shatter me Great Wind. I shall possess the field. Richard Wilbur  1st stanza of Two Voices In A Meadow

And still after all this time, the sun has never said to the earth 'you owe me'. Look what happens with love like that.  Rumi


There's a big, restless, fly in my room this morning. Its wings a-buzz. There was a time I would have killed it on the spot, but, now that I am older, I don't see the point in doing so. Its death won't make my coffee taste better,

 and, if anything, will make my luck worse.   Dan Tompsett






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 (Fear is like) a bank of


How swiftly flows the Mogami, gathering all the rains of June    Matsuo Bashō

(Fear is like) a bank of low dark clouds  (Yet) It is not strong enough to stop a button's fall, nor hold a feather.  Course In Miracles

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.  Gwendolyn Brooks.

I don't need to be better than anyone else. I need to be better than I used to be.  Wayne Dyer

Those who are conceived in a cage will weep for a cage     Yevgeny Yevtushenko after visiting a fur farm

Don't worry, spiders. I keep house casually      Issa

The Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come   Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching

Squirrels tunnel under the snow and climb up the birdfeeder  Nancy A Lynch

I felt like an orange deliciously being pulled apart segment by segment   J Pear, an official LSD researcher