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Quoted in The Grove:
I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
~Theodore Roosevelt

Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.
~Ovid

If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.
~Andrew Harvey

EndQuote:
In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.
~Antonio Porchia

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/21:  island

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In love, somehow, a man’s heart is always either exceeding the speed limit, or getting parked in the wrong place.
~Helen Rowland

Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.
~Barbara Kingsolver

Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
~Alfred Adler

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Posted from the Grove

Next week:  a special edition from Wordgrove, in There.com

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~fs.blog:  The Art of Being Alone
https://fs.blog/2020/06/being-alone/

 

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The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
~Henry Ward Beecher

If my heart could do my thinking, and my head begin to feel,
I would look upon the world anew, and know what’s truly real.
~Van Morrison

You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.
~Johnny Depp

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VIDEO:

~Erick Oh:  Heart   (8:35)   animated allegory
https://vimeo.com/52369262

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~Motel Pictures Inc:  We Forgot to Break Up   (15:22)   finding new ways to hurt
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/427480079

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~ADEM CREW:  Fantastic Dance   (6:16)   just enjoy it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfMoWcwm-bE

 

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Sometimes what gets to you most isn’t the large holes that get ripped from your heart but the fraying of all its edges — when the thing that held you together isn’t anymore.
~Terri Guillemets

Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again?
~Rosa Parks

Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than to hurt yourself putting it back together.
~Author Unknown

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MUSIC:

~Lucas Kruger:  Heart Upon My Sleeve   (4:15)   Avicii Tribute Concert

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~Blondie:  Heart Of Glass – PMJ, ft. Addie Hamilton   (3:57)   torched

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~Heart:  What About Love   (3:44)   good question, unanswered

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~Enrique Iglesias:  Heart Attack   (3:50)   terminal velocity

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~Kanye West:  Heartless   (3:40)   the beat of heartbreak, animated

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~Liberace:  I Left My Heart In San Francisco   (3:29)  just the ivories, tickled

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~Rainer Hersch:  Orchestral hijinks   (8:03)    sacrilege, a knife to the heart of classical music, fun

 

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Our heart is like an unfinished puzzle — that is why we search for the perfect one to complete it.
~Author unknown

Let the sun stop burning,
Let them tell me love’s not worth going through.
If it all falls apart,
I will know deep in my heart,
The only dream that mattered had come true
In this life I was loved by you.
~Bette Midler

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
~Henry David Thoreau

 

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I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.
~Charlotte Bronte

People who say “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” never felt a broken heart.
~LeBron James

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
~Donna Roberts

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Room in NY

Edward Hopper

 

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Every heart has its dark recesses, its cheerful sunny parlors, and its attic chambers.
~James Lendall Basford

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Who has not sat, afraid, before his own heart’s curtain?
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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@Writers Platform

No one can really see what he loves. How many people worship God without ever getting a look at him? What can eyes see that the heart can’t see better?
~Ben Hecht, Samuel Hoffenstein, and André De Toth

God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in my heart? Every grace I need has already been given me. Oh, lead me to the Beyond within.
~Macrina Wieherkehr

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
~John Bunyan

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Exercise Prompt:  heart

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When you stop putting yourself on the line, and you don’t touch your own heart, how do you expect to touch other people?
~Tori Amos

What is uttered from the heart alone,
Will win the hearts of others to your own.
~Goethe

 

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~Greenie:

Does

Does a Comet ever burn as bright
if there’s no one to see it soar through the night

Does the sun lose its brilliant heat
like two hearts whose love they never meet

Do the stars fade away and dim
like the passing of a frivolous whim

Do dreams burn away and end
if there’s no hope to carry them like wind

Does a lonely heart forever yearn
like solar flares that ever burn…

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~BarTalk:

Seminar

The movie watched:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The book read:
The Heart of Darkness
The music listened to:
The Unfinished Symphony
The words I heard:
“Let it be, let it be”

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5-7 olio

bridge, flowered garden
heart parked by slowing water
next the wooded grove

a place set apart
chickens, a dog, cows nearby
heart full of gladness
cloudless sky, red letter day
made for dilettante poets

heart of the matter
edit thoughts for clarity
the reach for wisdom

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5-7-5-7-7 x 3

scouting for passion
the search for a comely miss
thrills, the tender kiss
this heart hunts with a mission
sets lures, the bait is kindness

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provocative lies
make a mockery of truth
put knife to the heart
undermine democracy
until the voters catch on

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heart like a river
lives coursing free and vital
streams of new vigor
dammed by anemic old men
damn a great nation to fall

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5-7-5 x 3

silent censored heart
blue-penciled body language
yet look to the eyes

love’s desire exposed
vulnerable with a hope
the heart on display

language barriers
yet no finer words for it
save, heart of my heart

 

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The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.
~Littlefoot’s mother

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
~Judith Campbell

One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The greatest mystery of all is the human heart.
~P D James

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Quoted in The Grove:
If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.
~Harriet Tubman

The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit.
~Joseph Stowell

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

EndQuote:
Inside my empty bottle
I was constructing a lighthouse
While all the others
Were making ships.
~Charles Simic

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/14:  heart

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God, please help us remember that all the darkness in the world cannot snuff out the light of one little candle.
~Marian Wright Edelman

One torch can dissipate the accumulated darkness of a thousand aeons.
~Tilopa

You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
~Arlo Guthrie

Whatever torch we kindle, and whatever space it may illuminate, our horizon will always remain encircled by the depth of night.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

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Posted from the Grove

There is in every village a torch – the teacher; and an extinguisher – the priest.
~Victor Hugo

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
~Blaise Pascal

I have lost my faith, but I gained the truth! It is not important at all to lose your candle as long as you find a torch!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

God presents Himself in the light; He also conceals Himself by the light — just as we present ourselves in our garments and conceal ourselves by our garments.
~John Pulsford

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~Andrew Hui:  In praise of aphorisms*
https://aeon.co/essays/aphorisms-tell-philosophys-history-as-fragments-not-systems

 

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It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard.
~Georg C Lichtenberg

Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes, indeed, in fear of getting burned.
~Goethe

It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.
~Samuel Johnson

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~Anne Applebaum:  The Collaborators  ̶  History Will Judge The Complicit*
https://theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/?ncid

 

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All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.
~Adolf Hitler

Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.
~Adolf Hitler

When men of infamy to grandeur soar,
They light a torch to show their shame the more.
~Edward Young

An age is called “dark,” not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.
~James Michener

It is high time that we had lights that are not incendiary torches.
~George Sand

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VIDEO:

~Nkululeko Lebambo:  The Olympian’s Torch   (1:58)
https://vimeo.com/98282459

 

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

The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.
~Joseph Campbell

Light comes to us unexpectedly and obliquely. Perhaps it amuses the gods to try us. They want to see whether we are asleep.
~H M Tomlinson

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~Harvey Fierstein:  Torch Song Trilogy soliloquy   (4:59)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQwXAnQlko

 

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A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.
~Plato

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
~James Thurber

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton

Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it.
~Claude Adrien Helvetius

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MUSIC:  stories, tears, torch songs

~Franco Nero:  If Ever I Would Leave You  (2:38)       the promise

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~Josh Ritter:  Every Time We Say Goodbye   (2:43)      with conditions

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~Elvis Presley:  Softly As I Leave You   (2:42)                  and broken

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~Shiratori Emiko:  I Will Wait For You  (3:57)                promise renewed

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~Peggy Lee:  Is That All There Is   (4:38)                    the question as answer

 

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You think I’m not a goddess? Try me. This is a torch song. Touch me and you’ll burn.
~Margaret Atwood

I do not know if you remember the tale of the girl who saves the ship under mutiny by sitting on the powder barrel with her lighted torch… and all the time knowing that it is empty? This has seemed to me a charming image of the women of my time. There they were, keeping the world in order… by sitting on the mystery of life, and knowing themselves that there was no mystery.
~Isak Dinesen

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No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
~Terry Pratchett

Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow’s speed.
~Howard Nemerov

Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.
~Douglas Adams

“Torches,” Porak ordered. “This is dumb,” Jig grumbled as one of the others handed out torches. “Why not run ahead and warn any intruders that we’re coming? Maybe we should sing, too, in case they’re blind.
~Jim C Hines

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Fallen Blossoms
© David Lorenz Winston

 

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This life is a shadowy thing, lad. We live in a crowded space of lights and shadows…
~James Michael Pratt

Alas! must it ever be so?
Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own shadows forever?
~Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
~Maori Proverb

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.
~Ruth E Renkel

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@Writers Platform

What is to give light must endure burning.
~Viktor Frankl

Books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out, silently, when put to the torch.
~Ray Bradbury

Torch every book. Burn every page. Char every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.
~Ellen Hopkins

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?
~Maurice Freehill

 

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Exercise Prompt:  torch

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Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.
~Irish Proverb

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
~Joseph Joubert

This evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness…
~Ted Kooser

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~BarTalk:

Torch, The Truth

We abducted, we brought them here
Ourselves, ruler and master of slaves
Made them concubines and footstools
Hung them on a nearby Oxbow cross
On some privileged white woman’s word

Ironic, in repayment they repaid us
Their onetime masters with a mastery
Of magic and sorcery, gave us music
Gave us sport heroes for our arenas
All out of proportion to population

Still, they die an unholy ratio
Do themselves easy with drugs
Suicide each other with guns
Hoods cruisin’, bruisin’ the hood
Bleeding out on Sacrifice Street

Destitute? then make hopelessness a crime
Deprived? then name and blame the victim
Makes no sense of course, but let’s ask
Why an advantaged young woman in anguish
Cuts herself for the bleeding’s fleeting relief

Yes, let’s arm against people by color
Pretend against remembered reality
Hide from the discoveries of history
Use time-worn lies to torch the truth, or
With its light, use that truth for a torch

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Hypothesis

Given…
that words are about enabling truth
that history is time’s testimony of it
that art is about expressing it
that philosophy is about mining for it
that religion is about living it

Supposing that…
charlatans are about preaching ‘truth’
lawyering is about shading it
commerce is about manufacturing it
politics is about manipulating it
governments about dictating it

Knowing that…
lying is about hiding truth
liars are about torching it
trust is about needing it
love is about breathing it
honor is about abiding by it

Believing…
that truth is alive and embraces life
that lies are loud and hard to hide
that truth, a language like any other
needs a man to speak the truth,
else how can the truth be told him

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foreign

english only
in the land of spanish
they utter
i mutter
lo siento
no comprendo
yo americano stupido
they nod
they agree
and walk away
the torch gutters out

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economics

who will man the farms and mills
children are hotly inconvenient
time consuming and expensive
who will work and pay the taxes
to fill the ditch the rich have dug

grow stale, spoiled and enfeebled
effete, barren and fruitless
exhausted, staid with sterile cliches
when the world is fertile with youth
a market eager to work and buy

douse the lighted torch
pretend and defend this truth
our newly improved American way
the higher the wall the better
Emma Lazarus would laugh

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5-7-5-7-7 x 4

blackness for background
pebble Earth hanging in space
fears of each other
a blink from oblivion
orbit our torch of the sun

lost without a map
a dim light in darkness
a torch to follow
dangers lurk in the shadows
yet yon light leads us forward

our hist’ry ’til now
road from the dark empty void
torch of our future
needs the light of each other
joined in the wisdom of One

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maples come autumn
birds of paradise in spring
orchard oranges
black eyed susans in flower
torch the green scene into flames

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5-7-5 x 3

new love like a torch
burns pitch hot for a moment
flames out at the end
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love’s long burning torch
warms as it cheers and lights up
cold dark roads of life
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upside down Bible
to match an upside down cross
False Torch religion

 

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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.
~Author Unknown

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.
~Aaron Rose

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Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
~Chinese Proverb

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
~Og Mandino

Your path is illuminated by the light
Yet darkness lets the stars shine bright.
~J L W Brooks

Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.
~Sarah Williams

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*Thx to:  The Daily PNut

Harvested from:  quotegarden.comazquotes.comazquotes.com,
brainyquote.com

 

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Quoted in The Grove:
The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.
~Annie Dillard

It seems to me as though caverns told stories of the past, while the ocean speaks of the eternity which is to come.
~Henry James Slack

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began.
~William Hazlitt

EndQuote:
“Take your shoes off,” purred the ocean waves.
~Dr SunWolf

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/07:  torch

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
~Blaise Pascal

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Posted from the Grove

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
~Joseph Conrad

Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship.
~H M Tomlinson

The great sea makes one a great sceptic.
~Richard Jefferies

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~Mark Rober:  ex-NASA Engineer attempts the perfect squirrel-proof bird feeder*   (21:39)
https://youtu.be/hFZFjoX2cGg

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~John Edmark:  Mathematically Inclined Sculptor*   (22:53)   math for the eyes
https://vimeo.com/342867929

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~Next Observer:  Blooming Flowers Timelapse*   (2:40)   river bed, water fed beauty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZVdQLn_E5w&feature

 

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Upon my soul, this water tastes quite nice. I wonder what vintage now?… It tastes just like the year 1881 tasted.
~G K Chesterton

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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VIDEO:

~Labyrinth Pictures:  Paradox   (17:32)   a well told story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnfh3qcpBxA

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~Shaun O’Connor:  Uisce Beatha (Whiskey – Water Of Life)   (8:07)   luck of the Irish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtJgMViTbNo

 

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I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself.
~Martin D Buxbaum

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
~Rumi

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MUSIC:  Rivers Of Sound

~from the movie, “wild”:  Red River Valley   (4:56)   it’s about loss

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~Gary Edwards:  Many Rivers To Cross   (2:14)   loss & triumph

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~Johnny Rivers:  Look To Your Soul   (3:34)   sage … advice, not a spice

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~from the movie, “Our Shining Days”:  Flight of The Bumblebee   (4:08)   a duel

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~Dan Fleury:  Many Rivers To Cross   (3:33)   visual editorial

 

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There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
~James Russell Lowell

Filthy water cannot be washed.
~African Proverb

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At the far edge of my view was the ocean… I could not make sense of its size and grandeur. It was not a pond, not a lake, but a second sky, bluer and more chaotic than the one above it.
~Abby Geni

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
~Arthur C Clarke

We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth. Joy, shipmates, joy.
~Edward Abbey

The tides are in our veins.
~Robinson Jeffers

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On The Saco
Albert Bierstadt

 

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All life passes like a fast flowing river and how strange to see that happiness increases this speed! Yes, a happy life passes faster!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

Some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don’t understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they’re there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it’s the other side that matters…
~Jose Saramago

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
~Norman Maclean

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@Writers Platform

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.
~Isak Dinesen

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
~Loren Eiseley

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Exercise Prompt:  river

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~BarTalk
Another Chance

By the lake I like is the life I love
In the river I wade where I fish for trout
Where the sly fish hide, can’t be tempted out
By the stream I strip, swim in naught but skin
By the sea I gaze and fall in love again

Watering can clouds that pilots fly above
Conquering masters, self-destructive louts
Kill the dreaming world they forgot about
Filtered free of man, what survives alive
A water-womb world waits the future out

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5-7-5-7-7 x 5

sweet song sung, young stream
croon soft ballads, mellow brook
river symphony
mother nature’s soothing score
played me lullabies last night

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to love is to cry
oceans of emotion drained
dried river of tears
oasis gone to desert
wait the return of spring rains

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Garden of Eden
river of generations
start of time ’til now
history’s harvest in store
wisdom seeds’ wet threshing floor

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river, a felon
vile vandal loose , on rampage
guilty of flooding
babbling smack to its jailer
locked up ‘tween fortified banks

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born a mountain rill
rivulet to wild-ride thrill
treacherous challenge
white river rapids and die
back page headline, Five Survive!

In honor of the Netherlands surfers who did not
www.foxnews.com/world/netherlands-surfer-deaths-severe-weather-storm-sea-foam

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5-7-5 x 3

rippling giggling brook
broad river when all grown up
strong, muscled for work
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herds massed riverside
lush African savanna
drink their fill on watch
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like cold water warmed
trickle to flow to a flood
slow river to love

 

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The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.
~Rabindranath Tagore

It was as if she lived only on clear, salty air, and when the day came for her to pass away, she would probably do exactly that. Just take a step to one side. Dissolve into a north-westerly wind as it whirled around the lighthouse at North Point, then out across the sea.
~John Ajvide Lindqvist,

I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes. I earnestly pray that a trace of my girl-child self will always be with you. For waving good-bye, I thank you.
~Banana Yoshimoto

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*Thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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