|10-09-2011, 01:27 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Billy Collins is always fun.
Here is a poem by him.
As sure as prehistoric fish grew legs
and sauntered off the beaches into forests
working up some irregular verbs for their
first conversation, so three-year-old children
enter the phase of name-calling.
Every day a new one arrives and is added
to the repertoire. You Dumb Goopyhead,
You Big Sewerface, You Poop-on-the-Floor
(a kind of Navaho ring to that one)
they yell from knee level, their little mugs
flushed with challenge.
Nothing Samuel Johnson would bother tossing out
in a pub, but then the toddlers are not trying
to devastate some fatuous Enlightenment hack.
They are just tormenting their fellow squirts
or going after the attention of the giants
way up there with their cocktails and bad breath
talking baritone nonsense to other giants,
waiting to call them names after thanking
them for the lovely party and hearing the door close.
The mature save their hothead invective
for things: an errant hammer, tire chains,
or receding trains missed by seconds,
though they know in their adult hearts,
even as they threaten to banish Timmy to bed
for his appalling behavior,
that their bosses are Big Fatty Stupids,
their wives are Dopey Dopeheads
and that they themselves are Mr. Sillypants.
Last edited by Acting Like Godot; 10-09-2011 at 01:33 PM.
|10-09-2011, 03:31 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
It seems as though I pick up the right book from him at the right time. It helps gives me insight into my own life and helps me to navigate through this Earth. It's comforting to find that someone has that same questions as myself, that someone sees life in the same miraculous and mystical way that I do and I think it's a blessing when I read his books and my heart says, "There's the answer you're seeking. My God, he's got it!"
What makes his writing so interesting for me is the way in which I can see my own life through his pieces. The characters in his book come to many spiritual realizations through the text and I enjoy watching the journey of my own soul through it. After reading his books, I feel my soul grow, and I feel myself moving more in step with spirit.
|10-13-2011, 10:57 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff.
Not only is the subject great and inspiring to me personally, but the writing is incredible. There were points in the book where I had to read certain lines aloud, over and over, because they were so wonderful to hear!
|10-13-2011, 09:52 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2010
I read "The Alchemist" from him and it opened a brand new door for me.
He doesn't teach you what to do, he only tells you stories, and it's inpiring enough to move you making some actions with your life
Below is one of my favorite phrase from his book:
The camel driver seemed not to be very concerned with the threat of war. “I'm alive," he said to the boy. "When I am eating, that's all I think about. If I am on the march, I just concentrate on marching. If I have to fight, it will be just as good a day to die as any other."
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