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    Many times I've wished that I had a list of all your profile quotes, and even more, to know what types of things you are reading. Here are a few of my favorites; I hope you'll share, too.



    A Sad Child
    (Margaret Atwood)

    You're sad because you're sad.
    It's psychic. It's the age. It's chemical.
    Go see a shrink or take a pill,
    or hug your sadness like an eyeless doll
    you need to sleep.

    Well, all children are sad
    but some get over it.
    Count your blessings. Better than that,
    buy a hat. Buy a coat or pet.
    Take up dancing to forget.

    Forget what?
    Your sadness, your shadow,
    whatever it was that was done to you
    the day of the lawn party
    when you came inside flushed with the sun,
    your mouth sulky with sugar,
    in your new dress with the ribbon
    and the ice-cream smear,
    and said to yourself in the bathroom,
    I am not the favourite child.

    My darling, when it comes
    right down to it
    and the light fails and the fog rolls in
    and you're trapped in your overturned body
    under a blanket or burning car

    and the red flame is seeping out of you
    and igniting the tarmac beside your head
    or else the floor, or else the pillow,
    none of us is;
    or else we all are.

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    Dear Professor Einstein


    Dear Mr. Einstein;

    I am a little girl of six.

    I saw your picture in the paper.  I think you ought to have a haircut, so you can look better.

    Cordially yours,
    Ann
    (1951)




    August 25, 1946

    Dear Tyffany;

    Thank you for your letter of July 10th.  I have to apologize to you that I am still among the living.  There will be a remedy for this, however.

    Be not worried about 'curved space.'  You will understand at a later time that for it this status is the easiest it could possibly have.  Used in the right sense the word 'curved' has not exactly the same meaning as in everyday language.

    I hope that yours and your friend's future astronomical investigations will not be discovered anymore by the eyes and ears of your school-government.  This is the attitude taken by most good citizens toward their government and I think rightly so.

    Yours sincerely,
    Albert Einstein

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    Love after Love
    (Derek Walcott)
    From ten poems to change your life

    The time will come
    When, with elation,
    You will greet yourself arriving
    At your own door, in your own mirror,
    And each will smile at the other's welcome.

    And say, sit here.  Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart
    To itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    All your life, whom you ignored
    For another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    The photographs, the desperate notes,
    Peel your image from the mirror.
    Sit.  Feast on your life.

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    wow. i just found this thread. or, rather, it found me.

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    Hope you'll stay.

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    Classic Song of All-Time
    Etta James
    At Last


    At last
    my love has come along
    my lonely days over
    and life is like a song

    At last
    the skies above are blue
    well my heart was wrapped up in clover
    the night I looked at you

    I found a dream
    that I could speak to
    a dream that I could call my own
    I found a thrill
    to press my cheek to
    a thrill that I have never known

    well

    You smile
    you smile
    oh and then the spell was cast
    and here we are in heaven
    for you are mine at last

    I found a dream
    that I could speak to
    a dream that I
    could call my own
    I found a thrill
    to press my cheek to
    a thrill that I have never known

    well

    You smile
    you smile
    oh and then the spell was cast
    and here we are in heaven
    for you are mine at last

    ooo yea
    you are mine
    you are mine
    at last
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    Not the best of nights for that one, Net, but usually I love that song. I've actually had three separate Twelevers send it to me! No doubt you made a popular choice among the treasure hunting crowd.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Carol

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    This song has been keeping me laughing for days now! If you can get a copy of Kristin Chenoweth singing it on her album, As I Am, do. It's worth it!

    Taylor the Latte Boy

    There's a boy who works at Starbucks
    Who is very inspirational.
    He is very inspirational because of many things.

    I walk in at 8:11, and he smiles and says, "How are you?"
    When he smiles and says, "How are you?"
    I could swear my heart grows wings!

    So today at 8:11
    I decided I should meet him
    I decided I should meet him
    In a proper formal way.

    So today at 8:11 when he smiled and said "How are you?"
    I said "Fine, and my name’s Carol,"
    And he softly answered, "Hey."
    And I told him "My name’s Carol, and thank you for the extra foam…"

    And he said his name was Taylor,
    Which provides the inspiration for this poem:

    Taylor the latte boy,
    Bring me java, bring me joy!
    Taylor the latte boy,
    I love him, I love him, I love him…

    Well I’d like to get my nerve up
    To recite my poem musical.
    He would like the fact it’s musical
    Because he plays guitar.
    And today at 8:11, Taylor told me he was playing
    With a band down in the village in the basement of a bar.

    As he smoothly flipped the lever to prepare my double latte,
    But for me he made it triple! (And he didn’t think I knew)
    But I saw him flip the lever, and for me he made it triple,
    And I knew the triple latte meant that Taylor loved me too!
    I said, "What time are you playing? And thank you for the extra skim…"
    He said, "Keep the $3.55," because this triple latte was on him.

    Taylor the latte boy,
    Bring me java, bring me joy!
    Taylor the latte boy,
    I love him, I love him, I love him…

    I used to be the kind of girl
    Who’d run when love rushed toward her.
    Till finally a voice whispered, "Love can be yours,
    If you step up to the counter and order.

    Taylor the latte boy,
    Bring me java, bring me joy!
    Taylor the latte boy,
    I love him, I love him, I love him…

    So many years my heart has waited,
    Who’d have thought that love could be so caffeinated?
    Taylor, the latte boy,
    I love him, I love him, I love him.
    I love him, I love him, I love him.
    I caught you a delicious bass.


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    It is at this precise moment that I thank God I do not drink coffee.  

    Thanks for sharing!

    Carol

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    Sonnets from the Portuguese
    (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

    We cannot live, except thus mutually
    We alternate, aware or unaware,
    The reflex act of life: and when we bear
    Our virtue onward most impulsively,
    Most full of invocation, and to be
    Most instantly compellant, certes, there
    We live most life, whoever breathes most air
    And counts his dying years by sun and sea.
    But when a soul, by choice and conscience, doth
    Throw out her full force on another soul,
    The conscience and the concentration both
    Make mere life, Love.  For Life in perfect whole
    And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,
    As nature's magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

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