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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/08/2007 :  21:03:37  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Of course nothing is as it seems and always as it should be. I save everything, Ro. I try to. The old poems and songs and stuff. I went out to the barn... The old dresser that I love. Silver comin' off the back of it... Hardly no mirror left at all...Beveled glass. Oh, how I loved it...

~Mickey Newbury~
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2007 :  12:01:18  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...when a society is in great danger, (writers are) likely to sound the alarms. I have the canary-bird-in-the-coal-mine theory of the arts. You know, coal miners used to take the birds down into the mines with them to detect gas before men got sick. The artists certainly did that in the case of Vietnam. They chirped and keeled over. But it made no difference whatsoever. Nobody important cared. But I continue to think that artists -all artists- should be treasured as alarm systems."
1973

"Poverty is a relatively mild disease...but uselessness will kill strong and weak souls alike."
1965

"You cannot be a good writer of serious fiction if you are not depressed."
Undated speech to American Psychiatric Assn.

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
1962

"When I think about my own death, I don't console myself with the idea that my descendants and my books and all that will live on. Anybody with any sense knows that the whole solar system will go up like a celluloid collar by-the-by. I honestly believe, though, that we are wrong to think that moments go away, never to be seen again. This moment and every moment lasts forever."
1974

An American original.

Kurt Vonnegut
1922 ~ 2007

~So it goes~


Edited by - Ailinn on 04/12/2007 12:03:24
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Joe Z
Windchimer

USA
1748 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2007 :  12:25:21  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
The travels of Billy Pilgrim changed the way I think about time and space.
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Doug L
Firefly

Canada
5416 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2007 :  12:49:13  Show Profile  Visit Doug L's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
An original...

http://www.myspace.com/mickeynewbury
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Craig
Firefly

Kyrgyzstan
3734 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2007 :  19:31:22  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Schlachthof Fünf
I was taken to Dresden, not realizing that the author had been there...along with Billy Pilgrim. Tralfamadore became a real place, and who could ever forget the twisted mind of Paul Lazzaro.

Then of course "Cat's Cradle" and "Slapstick", the tale of Daffodil and "Lonesome No More".

Always trying to figure out where he was coming from, not knowing where we had been...and the places where we were being taken.

Yes..."so it goes"

craig

Edited by - Craig on 04/12/2007 19:33:19
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2007 :  19:56:20  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
He knew where we'd been. And how. He didn't like where we were going.
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aussiedave
Rocker

Australia
479 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  04:23:40  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
...and he drove on into the night
alone,
a melancholic memory sitting right beside him,
this his second companion, not that he felt lonely
for he preferred his own company

a selfish trait really,
so self-centered

and he was one with his vehicle,
entombed,
an entity in a compact space,
his melancholic memory and himself
as he slid along that highway anaconda
toward a rendeavous with his past
watched by a million astral eyes
a canyon filled star studded sky

this his first companion
being one with the universe
an eternity of distance at arms length...
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  16:00:15  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"...an eternity of distance at arms length..."

AD~ There's a place out on the Borrego Badlands where you can walk into the night sky. No city lights. Just the black and stars around you.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  16:37:05  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Before dawn, while you're still sleeping,
Playing the part of a dreamer whose house is an ark
Tossed about by a flood that will never subside,
Its dove doomed to return with no twig,
Your neighbor's already up, pulling his boots on,
Playing the part of a fisherman,
Gathering gear and loading his truck
And driving to the river and wading in
As if fishing is all he ever wanted.

~Carl Dennis~
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  16:55:28  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
First, a hazy radiance. A mist of rain. His raised hammered cup. Her amber lantern moving quickly through the trees. Then the sky unspooled. A star fell. A flood of mystery. "Take haste with the children!" he cried under thunder as they fled across the lightning-striped moor. The portent rain fell down around them. When they reached the edge of the driftwood-choked shore they tumbled into the mocking ocean. The crossing was centuries long longing for higher ground. Sea serpents interrupted his dreaming. His inventory of the sky. His stories all recalling stormy weather. Abandoned souls endlessly petitioning his rescue-worn heart. What else could he do but save them? One Sunday he found the providential inlet and pulled the Ark ashore.
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2007 :  17:23:23  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
"It happened that quickly!" she says and snaps her water-logged fingers. The lamps glow low and blossom against the adobe. In dusky light he sits at the old oaken table with his warm cup before him. His cloudy fruit with its spiraling vines. "Two kinds of grapes on the arbor..." he muses. He moves closer to the open oven door and tips back in his gravity-defying chair, "...good grapes, too." She nods and continues sweeping wonder across the kitchen floor.
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aussiedave
Rocker

Australia
479 Posts

Posted - 04/21/2007 :  01:43:22  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
..funny how that road looks the same
after all those years

his gaze held captive
by a forty year memory
as an eleven year old
sitting in the rear seat
of the ghost car in front

his gaze shifted
held forever briefly
to that shattered rear view
a mirrored anaconda
in a rectangled frame
his past captured by the present
as it disappeared into the distance..
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aussiedave
Rocker

Australia
479 Posts

Posted - 04/21/2007 :  01:46:16  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
he remembered..
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aussiedave
Rocker

Australia
479 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  04:23:49  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
how he had changed
but how he had changed not
an eleven year old
left clinging
inside the body

of a fifty year old child..

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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  06:48:55  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
I have gone to that
dark heart of the night
And seen myself looking back at me
As in a mirror
Asking,
How did I come to this?

Flying in a dream...
Ready to die but
No longer wanting to.
It is time to shed the old
Dead skin and bring out
The new wine...

Tonite we dance...

Rev B
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aussiedave
Rocker

Australia
479 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  14:55:40  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Send aussiedave a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
shake that rusty chain and let it go.........
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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  17:57:10  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Evening, Reverend B~
Any place you land is a good place. Even if the beach is fog-bound. Even if you don't know where you're touching the ground. It's not drifting out that's dangerous. The tide will bring you back in. It's not knowing where the bottom is. Churning in the wave. Trying to get enough breath before you're caught in the next one. The board is attatched to your ankle with a leash. It floats. It can also hit you in the head. The trick is knowing when to kick free. Today's surf was choppy. Paddle out, snap up, ride in quick. Or wipe out and eat some sand. Some days you eat a lot of sand.
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Grania
Rocker

103 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2007 :  18:00:26  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
A waltz, then, Reverend, if you will.
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buckman
Firefly

USA
2698 Posts

Posted - 04/27/2007 :  06:20:51  Show Profile  Visit buckman's Homepage  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Rev J Alfred Buckman


It's time we all started dancin
Under the eclipsable sun
We're all gettin tired of waitin
For the omnipotent One

He's in us,He is us,He knows it
It's time that we knew it too
The One we seek is all over
It's up to us to break through

There's a soul that ties us together
It's name is whatever you say
Come sit with me now in the evening
And we'll drink to the undying way

Tomorrow is never the right time
For us it's always today
So grab a partner,my friends and we'll all dance
Round that rock that stands in our way


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Ailinn
Windchimer

1512 Posts

Posted - 04/28/2007 :  17:19:54  Show Profile  Edit Reply  Reply with Quote  View user's IP address  Delete Reply
Cold coming out of the ocean this morning. The Coffee Bar hidden in fog above the beach. It's aroma rolling down the hill and casting a spell upon us. Tourists said we looked outer-worldly slipping out of the misty sea with our black suits shining. Our boards like shields at our sides. "...such an eerie apparition..." the couple on honeymoon from Cape Girardeau, Missouri said. The bride is April and her husband is Neil. They wanted to be married in her namesake month. They took our picture and we took theirs. "Cape Girardeau?" Cam said. "Oh, yes! On the Mississippi. The only inland cape in the world," said April. And the setting for McMurtry's Song for a Deck Hand's Daughter.

Wind off the river
Cut the lines in his face
And left him dreaming of some other place
Maybe Memphis town or Baton Rouge
When it's cold in Cape Girardeau
There's nothin' much to do

~James McMurtry~
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