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Quoted in the Grove:
If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z.
Work is x, play is y, and z is keeping your mouth shut.
~Albert Einstein

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
~Robert Benchley

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Piffin From The Platform: Loss and Melancholy

~Elvis Costello: Just A Memory   (2:16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B75Ym8ZHv1whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B75Ym8ZHv1w

~Tom Waits: Grapefruit Moon   (4:52)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKQaSZXEK2s

~Radical Face: Homesick   (3:34)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCZKtXgKKw

Because a real discovery deserves more than one song, see Piff’s Pick, bottom page*

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Posted from the Grove:

25 Smart Synonyms – some you might use
http://mentalfloss.com/article/524699/25-smart-synonyms-you-should-be-using

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Prewritten for Thurs 02/01 (6:00pm PT/9 ET)   funeral, tuna

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@Writers Platform:

Prewritten ~ Theme: ambivalent

~Greymane: I Dunno

Thought I’d wander, wasn’t sure,
I may have lost my way
where cloudy answers too obscure confuse my dazed dismay
I spiral undecided, my direction unforeseen
My choices get ahead of me and try to intervene
Applying indecision in the hopes it might undo
the ambivalent equivalent of what I thought I knew

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~BarTalk: Quandry I and II

Tender flowers of spring
Tinder for a summer fire
New love and hope sings
Cinders, burnt-out heart
Up? Worth the downfall?

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2C or not 2C
To knock or not to knock
To be scenery or not seen
2B loved was unrequited
Locked box shut inside it

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Impromptu: elegance

~Piffin: “Pocket Polished Pennies”

Standing out like a sour thumb
Pruning, preening, a dried-out plum
Adding things I cannot factor
Voiced like a silent film actor
Drawing details in the dark
Sharpening my magic marker
Whistling like a lush, a lark
And here I go again
Pocketful of common cents
Elemental elegance
Socratic somnolence
Playing with myself defense
Jumping off the ledge I built
Gilded golden by my guilt
Slipping in the words I spilt

And here I go again

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~Greymane: Opened

Elegant vengeance painted in blood
He evened the score like he said
He opened his soul and he drowned in the flood
that was living alone in his head

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~Matttt: ELEGANCE

It was a simple moment
Her white gloves, past her elbows
She rolled her wrist
And fluidly presented her glass
To be refilled

She eased back slid her eyes across the room
There was him…
And there was that group…
Yes… This was a good crowd
They knew her well
And she approved

There was a time
When this needn’t be spoken
Those who should know, knew

Poised on the mezzanine
The drone of the audience
The hold of the crystal
Delicious amber inside
We sip…

As the night ends
She brushes her cheek
And holds his neck
Before the door clicks
And the engine purrs

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BarTalk: 5-7-5

elegant angels
morning star birthing heavens
whispered murmurings

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Pre-Game 5-7-5 Ku Corner: coffee

hot black bitter brew
bedtime venom poisoned sleep
dawn’s inspiration

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crystal flavorings
cream, courtesy milky way
roast bean powered brains

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*Piff’s Pick: Best of What’s New

~Radical Face: Wrapped in Piano Strings   (3:36)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkRX86W60yY

~Radical Face: Winter is Coming   (4:20)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88-JnKG5L1A

 

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Quoted in the Grove:
Smart women speaking makes many men angry. Looking back I see that this has been a leitmotif of my life. This may not surprise you, but it surprises me, every time.
~Elizabeth Farrelly

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
~Rebecca West

I ask no favors for my sex… All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks.
~Sarah Moore Grimke

EndQuote:
Women tend to be conservative in youth and get more radical as they get older because they lose power with age. So if a young woman is not a feminist, I say, ‘Just wait.’
~Gloria Steinem

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Posted from the Grove:

Song from The Epic Of Gilgamesh – Oldest work of literature, in ancient Sumerian, with translation (3:55)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUcTsFe1PVs

Oldest Known Melody: Hurrian Hymn no.6   (c.1400 B.C. – 5:42)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpxN2VXPMLc

~Carl Sagan: The Pale Blue Dot   (5:58)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i2y4sEQpRI

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Prewritten for Thurs 01/25 (6:00pm PT/9 ET) is a Theme: ambivilent

 

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@Writers Platform:
Glass Table:

~Greymane: Moon Flight Night

Crimson crescent moon alive with Winter in his hair
He rode the starry tide into the silence of the air
He watched the silly Earth below and marveled at her fame
He fell in love each night but kept his distance just the same

On a never ending journey from horizon past the sky
He lights the night unsatisfied but never says goodbye
Across the silent sea of time but hiding from the sun
Somewhere past the atmosphere the lunar lantern spun
He loved the Earth so faithfully and swore to share her flight
Beside her for eternity forever in the night

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Prewritten: (01/18) ~ Theme: side-eye, or thespian

~Greymane: Thespalonian I

I watched a sad play
A lonely old thespian
barely knew her lines

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Nother Nora

A legend on the bright marquee
A talent so sublime
A thespian of fine degree
The Meryl of her time
She graced the silent silver screen, The world knew her name
The movie’s undisputed queen of Hollywood and fame
They loved her and they shared her pain
They hated her and cried
She sold her soul to entertain and got what that implied
For twenty years she rode the wave of privileged upper-crust
The demon then reminded her of what they had discussed
He told her what she promised him and he showed her where she

signed
Another Nora Desmond on the way to lose her mind

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~BarTalk: November

Gays giving guys the gaze
Straight take is side-eye
Politics is cross-eyed
Let’s be enabled to run
Lesbians able to win

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Scarlet

Deep kiss per the script
Bee stung lips and no tip
To the iceberg below ship
Cruelly accurate lesbian
Nailed it as a thespian

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Prewritten (01/11) ~ Choose 2 of 3: transparent, swarthy, needle

~Greymane: Things I Need

Transparent walls to shelter me before I disappear
Between the things that bury me with everything I fear
Wings above a rising tide that freezes from within
Sewn with rusty needles to the fabric of my skin
Comfort in my darkest night as long as light permits
Passage through the only dream a lonely traveler gets

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~BarTalk: easy out

transgress with a needle
plunged poison in a vein
finding proof in a bottle
transparent in a vial
swarthy hero last refrain

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Twice 5-7-5

new transparenting
needles, gender piercing nudes
swarthy ginger beauts

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need’ll conquer naught
must lose, ’tis transparent, to
swarthy hooded death

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Impromptu: winter

~Greymane: Everything She Needs

Winter painted frozen breath on everything she needs
She called the wind from where it’s been before the Summer bleeds
She waited so discreetly that she barely made a wave
From where she’d been she measured when the seasons dared behave
She wraps her frozen tendrils ’round her frigid sacrifice
Winter cold from what she knows will blanket you in ice

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~Matttt: Shitty-ku

~ It is crisp tonight…
~ Air an extra shade of black.
~ Walking, snow crunches

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~BarTalk: 5-7-5

cold wet empty streets
January thaw at end
snowfall by midnight

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clouds before the rain
undulating worm of fog
crawls the low foothills

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