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Quoted in The Grove:

Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel.
~Samuel Johnson

For the happiest life, rigorously plan your days, leave your nights open to chance.
~Mignon McLaughlin

I seldom went to bed before two or three o’clock in the morning, on the theory that if anything of interest were to happen to a young man it would almost certainly happen late at night.
~E B White

EndQuote:
It is one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.
~Lemony Snicket

 

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Exercise Prompt for 07/12:  nude

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Beware thoughts that come in the night. They aren’t turned properly; they come in askew, free of sense and restriction, deriving from the most remote of sources.
~William Trogdon

Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
~Philip K Dick

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
~Bernard Williams

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Posted from the Grove

Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.
~William Faulkner

The night goes dark, and we see ourselves in our own light.
~Terri Guillemets

The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.
~Poppy Z Brite

Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark
~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
~Alan Watts

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~Anna Goldfarb:  A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Journal
A friend with benefits – your journal
https://forge.medium.com/a-beginners-guide-to-keeping-a-journal-e8db9d0f150f

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~Jessica Wildfire:  Use This Ancient Technique to Shut Down Any B.S. Artist
https://medium.com/the-post-grad-survival-guide/to-get-stuff-done-practice-the-jessica-jones-effect-412f60924959

 

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The longest way must have its close ̶ the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

The darker the night, the brighter the stars.
~Vasily Rozanov

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VIDEO:
Tonight I’ve watched
­the moon and then
the Pleiades go down

The night is now
half-gone; youth goes;
I am in bed alone
~Sappho

The night is forever. I can’t sleep.
The clear moon is so bright, so bright.
I almost think I hear a voice call me,
and to the empty sky say, Yes?
~Zi Ye

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Fireworks for the Day After:  The Best of Nagaoka Japan 2019   (33:18)
11 segments, each with its climax
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWYKpwlVGso

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~Omeleto:  Nacido de Nuevo  (14:54)   nightmare and redemption
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyKGdsN-wRY

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~Dust:  A Date in 2025   (12:51)   after COVID
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ8G3e3Cgl4&t=110s

 

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Shadow owes its birth to light.
~John Gay

Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don’t have to go out and enjoy it.
~Logan Pearsall Smith

My idea of a good night out is staying in.
~Martin Freeman

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
~Oscar Wilde

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MUSIC:
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
~George Carlin

Sometimes on lonely nights the man in the moon is my best friend.
~Terri Guillemets

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~Chrome:  Night By Night   (3:49)   high energy

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~David Bowie:  Here Comes the Night   (3:25)   night camp

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~Rob Thomas:  Now Comes The Night  (3:19)   the weight of loss

 

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The day has eyes; the night has ears.
~David Fergusson

At midnight tears
Run into your ears
~Louise Bogan

In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

Night is the blotting paper for many sorrows.
~Author Unknown

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~The Airborne Toxic Event:  Sometime Around Midnight   (4:55)   regrets

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~Enya:  Only Time   (3:35)   coming to terms

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~Susie Arioli:  Night and Day   (4:51)   gentled for sleep

 

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We wake in the night, to stereophonic silence.
~Mignon McLaughlin

There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind.
~Charles Lanman

Much poetry happens in the silence of 3AM.
~Terri Guillemets

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I was walking along and this chair came flying past me, and another, and another, and I thought, man, is this gonna be a good night.
~Liam Gallagher

Lord Kane beat me up,” one said with a grin. There was blood on his teeth. “Did you see? Best. Night. Ever.”
~Gena Showalter

“This is the best night of my life,” Raffy says, crying. “Raffy, half our House has burnt down,” I say wearily. “We don’t have a kitchen.” “Why do you always have to be so pessimistic?” she asks. “We can double up in our rooms and have a barbecue every night like the Cadets.” Silently I vow to keep Raffy around for the rest of my life.
~Melina Marchetta

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Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”
~Charles M Schulz

Well…
I was walking in the night
And I saw nothing scary,
For I have never been afraid
Of anything. Not very.
~Dr Seuss

Fooey! The porchlight is burnt out, and I can’t see whether it’s dark outside or not.
~David J Beard

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At nightfall, colors disappear. Moon’s paintbrush has only a palette of shadows: creamy gray, inky black, illusive indigo.
~Dr SunWolf

Moonlight is sculpture.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

It was a night so beautiful that your soul seemed hardly able to bear the prison of the body.
~W Somerset Maugham

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
~Vincent Van Gogh

So dear night the half of life is,
And the fairest half indeed.
~Goethe

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
~Vincent Van Gogh

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@Writers Platform

By day the energies of our being are turned into artificial channels; by night our thoughts follow the bent that is most natural to them.
~George B Cheever

In day-time we investigate, but at night believe.
~Henry James Slack

By night, an atheist half believes in God.
~Edward Young

Metaphor for the night sky: A trillion asterisks and no explanations.
~Robert Brault

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Exercise Prompt:  night

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~BarTalk:

Temptation

No, she said
Just what she meant
Fireworks night
But not the firmament
Fidelity’s door opened
Love was headed out
Tease of sparkling lights
Not what this vow’s about

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endings

man, the germ that cannibalized home
a passing thought that came to naught
ruled by appetites of the priapic worm
switch turned on in a game One bought

know that the night will swallow again
bottomless appetite makes itself the prey
know that knowing was the original sin
firstborn night outlives the light of day

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progression

our days follow night
that precede the dark
that gives our longing
the unreachable stars

irrational rations
greed’s fodder fare
to feed the ‘mares
that fill our nights

arms of strength
forge a necklace
strangling beads
that war for more

scanned horizon for a final chance
work to salvage to prove us worthy
reclaim the earth, earn the trophy
cease our savage mobius dance

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5-7-5-7-7 x 2

love’s hidden danger
beware the low lights of night
the moon and high stars
throw wishful-thinking shadows
dismiss the cautions of day

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love needs the low lights
fleece gauze of fuzzy blindness
blissed feelings at first
lest the ghost of past failures
rise to fright the present now

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5-7-5

pandemic fireworks
patriotic night gone bust
disbanded rainbow

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“Grinning, Cooper leaned over and kissed the top of my head. “I like your shampoo.”
“You’re being weird.”
“I’m just horny as hell. You were naked in the next room and I wanted you naked in here.”
“I’m not having sex with you.”
“Tonight,” he said with an exasperated sigh. “You keep forgetting to end your declarations with the word ‘tonight.’”
~Bijou Hunter

Night has brought to those who sleep,
only dreams they can not keep.
~Enya

There’s only one day at a time here, then it’s tonight and then tomorrow will be today again.
~Bob Dylan

I plan to be a sinner tonight. Could’ve been something else, but looked way too good in my red dress to be anything Christian.
~Alysia Harris

Stop writing
&
Just hug me

For tonight,

Let’s
Not
Be
Poets

Let’s
Be
The
Poem
~Nitya Prakash

Night is longer than day for those who dream and day is longer than night for those who make their dreams come true. Good Night and Sweet Dreams.
~Unknown

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Quoted in The Grove:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
~Matthew 7:12

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
~Wayne Dyer

Judging others’ intentions is the right of God alone. We don’t have this right, and it is poor manners with God.
~Habib Ali al-Jifri

EndQuote:
Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

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Exercise Prompt for 07/05:  night

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In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.
~Richard Whately

It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.
~Alexander Pope

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.
~Dandemis

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Posted from the Grove

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
~Jean Baudrillard

Judge me if you want, but at the end of my life I choose to have memories not regrets.
~Steve Maraboli

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~Alfred Noyes:  The Highwayman   (8:58)   dramatic poem enacted
Directed by: Oliver Chater, Narrated by: Ryan Cooper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNvBVJpa1h4&t=170s

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~The Mercadantes:  Naps   (2:00)   short documentary
https://vimeo.com/405862926

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~Huffington Post:  6 Things You Thought Wrong About Introverts  ̶  an update
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/introvert-tweets-may_l_5ee9a9c9c5b695286b78d0ca?ncid

 

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Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
~Jim Horning

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
~Voltaire

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
~Saint Augustine

Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.
~William Penn

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VIMEO VIDEO:   Different take on similar  titles

~David Lowery:  Pioneer   (15:53)   bedtime story
https://vimeo.com/18441243

-or-

~SLMBR PRTY:  Pioneers   (11:03)   first impressions
https://vimeo.com/399671714

 

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The most dangerous leap is the leap to conclusions.
~Woodrow Kroll

A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
~Publilius Syrus

Hesitancy in judgment is the only true mark of the thinker.
~Dagobert D Runes

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing is to supply light and not heat.
~Woodrow Wilson

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MUSIC:

We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.
~Stephen Covey

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We evaluate others with a Godlike justice, but we want them to evaluate us with a Godlike compassion.
~Sydney J Harris

 

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~The Band Perry:  Gentle On My Mind   (4:19)   call of the wild

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~Dirty Dancing – Sarah Hyland w/ J Quinton:  Don’t Think Twice   (3:39)   just dance

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~Avengers – Infinity War ending:  Dust In The Wind   (3:25)   the time comes

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~The Highwaymen:  Highwayman   (3:22)    …and beyond

 

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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
~Henry Ward Beecher

To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.
~Elvis Presley

Persons are judged to be great because of the positive qualities they possess, not because of the absence of faults.
~John F Kennedy

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing ̶ the result.
~Vince Lombardi

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A man is most accurately judged by how he treats those who are not in a position either to retaliate or to reciprocate.
~Paul Eldridge

None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
~Charles Spurgeon

After all, people judge one another according to their own feelings. It is only the miser who sees others enticed by money, the lustful who see others obsessed by desire.
~Irène Némirovsky

In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
~Charles Edwin Carruthers

While you were busy judging others, you left your closet open and a lot of skeletons fell out.
~unknown

If you find it necessary to judge someone by their past, don’t be surprised when they find it necessary to put you there.
~unknown

 

Hippocrene 

Nicolas Poussin

 

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Judge tenderly, if you must. There is usually a side you have not heard, a story you know nothing about, and a battle waged that you are not having to fight.
~Traci Lea Larussa

When we have for so long been judged by everyone we meet, just to look into the eyes of another who does not judge us can be extraordinarily healing.
~Jack Kornfield

We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces away.
~Walker Percy

When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: Stop it!
~Dieter F Uchtdorf

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@Writers Platform

Time is the fairest and toughest judge.
~Edgar Quinet

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Exercise Prompt:  judge

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~BarTalk:

Beauty Contest

Week-long visit, day number one
Park lawn sketched in emerald green
Plain Jane’s face to the morning sun
Eyes more green than gem has ever been

Sky brilliant blue, day number two
Outdoor bookstore, couldn’t ask for more
Yet sapphire eyes change the answer to
How Cinderella-in-sweats pries open doors

Autumn’s umber, midweek’s day in town
Coffee shop Ms propped in her corner nook
Glasses off unveil her gentle browns
Eyes more rich with story than any book

Clouds rule the next and fourth day
When a silver fox, grandchild in tow
Eyes of grey to steal one’s breath away
A poet’s dream takes flight and flows

Ticket in pocket before heading back
To crowds and city life’s frantic pace
When exotic eyes of sloe-eyed black
Make one’s heart skip and race

A week away to dodge the daily drudge
To fall in love again and not to judge

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5-7-5-7-7 x 2

interview question
does karma reach to the stars
judgement call is ours
when we try for admittance
as aliens to their shores

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lost dog wandering
loose chain, leather mask, face grill
can’t hide pleading eyes
judgement made that he would die
slack skin, jutting bones set free

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5-7-5 x 2

tennis was the court
career at end, call too close
judgement went to love

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misjudged the moment
faced with coming elections
truth got in the way

 

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It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
~Moliere

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.
~Voltaire

The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.
~Ann Patchett

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Quoted in The Grove:
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island
~Walt Disney

I don’t think there’s much point in bemoaning the state of the world unless there’s some way you can think of to improve it. Otherwise, don’t bother writing a book; go and find a tropical island and lie in the sun.
~Peter Singer

Small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos can shift the whole system to a higher order.
~Barbara Marx Hubbard

EndQuote:
Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
~Anne Lamott

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/28:  judge

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The Andrians were the first of the islanders to refuse Themistocles’ demand for money. He had put it to them that they would be unable to avoid paying, because the Athenians had the support of two powerful deities, one called Persuasion and the other Compulsion. The Andrians had replied that Athens was lucky to have two such useful gods, who were obviously responsible for her wealth and greatness; unfortunately, they themselves, in their small and inadequate land, had two utterly useless deities, who refused to leave the island and insisted on staying; and their names were Poverty and Inability.
~Herodotus

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Posted from the Grove

The conductor’s stand is not a continent of power, but rather an island of solitude.
~Riccardo Muti

Judging is a lonely job in which a man is, as near as may be, an island entire.
~Abe Fortas

Make an island of yourself, make yourself your refuge; there is no other refuge. Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge.
~Buddha

Independence, like honor, is a rocky island, without a beach.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

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Special Edition:  More of the same
No one accepted the Special Edition challenge. A shame, really. There are better poets in There.com than this editor.

 

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~Stefan Hunt:  They Saw the Sun First   (8:12)
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/412443719

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How the Publishing World Is Staying Alive During Pandemic
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-the-publishing-world-is-staying-afloat-during-the-pandemic_n_5ec431c9c5b69985547b5a5b?ncid

 

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Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
~Baltasar Gracian

Friendship is an island that you retreat to and you all fall on the floor and laugh at all the other ninnies that don’t have enough brains to have your good taste.
~Ray Bradbury

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VIDEO:

~Vier Nev:  A Mind Sang   (6:11)   line takes on life, evolves, becomes
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/430690235

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~Key & Peele:  Awkward Apologies from White People*   (3:18)   squirm worthy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrhWLfmfZ0Y

 

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How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.
~Albert Einstein

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
~William James

Islands are metaphors of the heart, no matter what poet says otherwise.
~Jeanette Winterson

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MUSIC:   Wide variety, pick to taste

~Hart of Dixie proposal:  Islands In The Stream   (2:52)   feel-goods included

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~Zac Brown Band:  Island Song   (3:36)   3½ minute vacation

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~Alison Luff:  Island Song  (Escape With Me)   (3:33)
If the song queued up after this is, She Used to Be Mine, watch it

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~Tout Va Bien:  Have You  (the island song)   (2:58)   island, pronounce it ‘alone’

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~Renée Dominique:  Island In The Sun  (Weezer cover)   (2:44)   understated

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~Ikson:  Island   (3:13)   from the driver’s seat of a Lamborghini  (just because)

 

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The conductor’s stand is not a continent of power, but rather an island of solitude.
~Riccardo Muti

Judging is a lonely job in which a man is, as near as may be, an island entire.
~Abe Fortas

Independence, like honor, is a rocky island, without a beach.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

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I was sitting one day and thinking about cannibalism, because that’s what guys like me do … and I thought, suppose a guy was washed up on a rocky island, how much of himself could he eat?
~Stephen King

Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring… ‘How to Build a Boat.’
~Steven Wright

Although no man is an island, you can make quite an effective raft out of six.
~Simon Munnery

I took my son to Coney Island, I said “wanna go in the crazy house?”, he said “save your money we’ll be home soon”
~Rodney Dangerfield

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My friend told me he was going to a fancy-dress party as an Italian island. I said: ‘Don’t be Sicily’.
~Tim Vine

I once absent-mindedly ordered Three Mile Island dressing in a restaurant and, with great presence of mind, they brought Thousand Island Dressing and a bottle of chili sauce.
~Terry Pratchett

 

 

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We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.
~John Archibald Wheeler

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
~Ralph Washington Sockman

No man is an island, but some of us are long peninsulas.
~Ashleigh Brilliant

The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.
~William Arthur Ward

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@Writers Platform

Everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.
~Guy Gavriel Kay

Best of an island is once you get there – you can’t go any farther … you’ve come to the end of things.
~Agatha Christie

I knew I couldn’t live in America and I wasn’t ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America – New York City .
~Spalding Gray

As a New Yorker, I’m someone who lives on an island and looks across to America.
~Laurie Anderson

 

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Exercise Prompt:  island

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~BarTalk:

Compatible

Clouds in ceaseless motion
Morphing, emerging, evolving
Transitioning while in transit
Sunny dispositions
Roiling emotions
Sunset complexion
Predictable tantrums
Restless, unfolding spirits
Grow moody in migration
Break up, rejoin, renew themselves
Shed tears of sadness and joy
Temperamental sky islands
Brothers under the skin
Clouds move me

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Dual Doggerels Dueling  #21

At Liberty

The house for you
An island for me
A moss covered rock
Solitary tree
You tried, we cried
Troubled identities
Court granted both
Sanctuary

The He-did Ditty

Sequestered isle, end of life
Eschewed love’s aisle and wedding vows
An island’s peace instead of strife
I’ll land alone as death allows

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Biograph

Not just feeble but visibly failing
If not deranged, certifiably unhinged
Cowers a brawler who crawls from danger
But signs of conscience, nary a twinge
No genuflecting choir, no bowing angels
Not smelling sourly of sulfur and singe

Not yet vetted for a golden crown
Sits a golden toilet his diurnal throne
No chiseling statue of Carrara marble
But fools gold shine, pale yellow brimstone
Self-sworn apostle of chimerical cures
Yet apostate opponent of the Golden Rule

Not swayed by facts, no fan of science
Thinks experts bore and reading a chore
Mistakes his wishes and mirrors for truth
Speaks in tweets, but squeaks don’t roar
Midst an ocean of  waving crowds
Squats Lyin’ Island, but lion no more

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5-7-5-7-7 x 1

currently in vogue
faithless feckless fupped duck GrOuP
islands in the way
vote no to fresh dream’s boatload
closed future’s door now they’re in

 

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Life is islands of ecstasy in an ocean of ennui, and after the age of thirty land is seldom seen.
~Luke Rhinehart

All men leave the harbour of youth, but only few reach the very far island of wisdom!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

All men are islands, surrounded by the bottomless oceans of unthinking night.
~Charles Stross

Old age is an island surrounded by death.
~Juan Montalvo

Most people spend their entire lives on a fantasy island called ‘Someday I’ll.’
~Denis Waitley

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