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Poetry That Has Changed My Life
    #2653164 - 05/08/04 01:18 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Taylor Mali - Silver Lined Heart, from his book/album, "Conviction":

I'm for reckless abandon, and spontaneous celebrations of nothing at all,
Like the twin flutes that I kept in the trunk of my car
in a box labeled "emergency champagne glasses".
Raise an unexpected glass to long, cold winters, and sweet, hot summers,
And the beautiful confusion of the times in between.
To the unexpected drenching rain that leaves you soaking wet, and smiling breathless
Here's to the soul-expanding power of the universally optimistic simplicity of the beautiful.

See, things you hate, things you despise,
Multinational corporations and lies that politicians tell,
Injustices that make you mad as hell,
That's all well and good,
And as far as writing poems goes, I guess you should,
It just might be a poem that gets Mumia released, brings an end to terrorism, or peace in the Middle East,
But as far as what soothes me, what inspires and moves me,
Honesty behooves me to tell you that your rage, doesn't move me.

See, like the darkest cloud, my soul has a silver lining,
Which does not hearken to the loudest whining,
But beats, and stirs, and grows ever more,
When I learn about the things that you are actually for.

That's why I'm for best friends, long drives, and smiles,
Nothing but the sound of thinking, for miles,
For the unconditional love of dogs,
May we learn the lessons of their love by heart,
For therapy when you need it,
And poetry when you need it,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

I'm for hard work, and homework, and chapter tests,
And cumulative exams, and yearly science fairs,
And pop quizzes when you least expect them just to keep everyone honest,
For love, and the fragile human heart,
May it always heal and grow stronger than it was before.

For walks in the woods, and for the woods themselves,
By which I mean, the trees, definitely, for the trees,
Window seats and locally brewed beer,
And love letters written by hand with fountain pens,
I'm for all of these.

For Galway Canal, and Rufus Wainwright, and Mos Def,
And the Indigo Girls, and getting closer to fine each and every day,
For the integrity it takes not to lightly suffer fools,
For God, and faith, and prayers, but not in public schools,
I'm for evolution more than revolution,
Unless they're offering some kind of solution,
Isn't that how we got the Constitution?
For charm, and charisma, and the style without being a self-important prig, For chivalry, and being a gentleman, at the risk of being called a male chauvinist pig,
I'm for crushes not acted upon, for admiration from afar,
For intense sessions of self-love, especially if they make you a nicer person,
I'm for the courage it takes to volunteer to say "Yes, I believe in this, and I will,"
I'm for the bright side, the glass half full, the silver lining,
And the optimists who consider darkness as just another kind of shining,
I'm for what can be achieved more than what I would want in an ideal world,
I've been working every day to make the world a better place and not complaining about how it isn't,
So don't waste my time with your curses on verses about what you are against, despise, and abhor,
Tell me what inspires you, what fulfills and fires you put your god damn pen to paper and tell me what you're for.


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Re: Poetry That Has Changed My Life [Re: taco]
    #2653202 - 05/08/04 01:34 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

The One remains, the many change and pass;
Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly;
Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity,
Until Death tramples it to fragments. -Die,
If thou wouldst be with that which thou dost seek!
Follow where all is fled! -Rome's azure sky,
Flowers, ruins, statues, music, words, are weak
The glory they transfuse with fitting truth to speak.

from http://www.online-literature.com/shelley_percy/656/


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Re: Poetry That Has Changed My Life [Re: taco]
    #2653207 - 05/08/04 01:36 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

That was really cool.

Which part struck you the most... to change your life?!


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Re: Poetry That Has Changed My Life [Re: filthysock]
    #2653229 - 05/08/04 01:41 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

There wasn't really a single part that changed my life, so much as the attitude of the whole thing -- I had/have been in a very negative place for a very long time, and this man's poetry is just... incredible. He has the most amazing reading voice I've ever heard in my life. It's just such a positive message that I couldn't help but to love it, and to believe it.

Really, really recommend reading some of his other stuff, his website is here, he's got some poems and other stuff on there.


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Re: Poetry That Has Changed My Life [Re: taco]
    #2653244 - 05/08/04 01:44 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah... I see.
I got to that attitude towards life through mushrooms and spirituality... but that attitude towards life IS very rewarding!


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