Forever twenty-one

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May you stay forever young -Dylan

She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair! -Keats

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. -Shakespeare

The heart’s supply cabinet

An open door -20160812 - 1305Those masterful images because complete
Grew in pure mind, but out of what began?
A mound of refuse or the sweepings of a street,
Old kettles, old bottles, and a broken can,
Old iron, old bones, old rags, that raving slut
Who keeps the till. Now that my ladder’s gone,
I must lie down where all the ladders start
In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.


Street taunt

Street taunt-20160809 - 1127Growing up in NYC you hear this taunt a million times before you even know what it means. Hmmm. What does it mean exactly? OK. I get it now.

But these phrases lose almost all connection to their original meaning, and become a snowball of invective and derision tossed out by people struggling to prevail in a hostile world.