poetry

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There's no earthly way of knowing

There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There's no knowing where we're rowing
Or which way the river's flowing
Is it raining? Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of hell a-glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
Yes, the danger must be growing
'Cause the rowers keep on rowing
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing.
-- Willy Wonka

It takes dynamite to get me up

It takes dynamite to get me up too much of everything is just enough one more thing I just got to say I need a miracle every day. -- 'I Need a Miracle' by Bob Weir and John Barlow

For every evil under the sun

For every evil under the sun,
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try and find it,
If there is none, never mind it.
-- Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Tis easy enough to be pleasant

Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man's worth while is the one who is smiling When everything goes dead wrong. -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) American Journalist and poet "Worth While"

This life's dim windows of the soul

This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.
-- William Blake 1757-1827 The Everlasting Gospel [written c. 1818], sec. 5, l. 10

Loss and possession

Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun. -- Hillaire Belloc

I used to love my garden

I used to love my garden
But now that love is dead
I found a bachelors button
In the Black Eyed Susans bed

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind
-- 'Sea Fever' by John Masefield

They take the paper and they read the headlines.

They take the paper and they read the headlines. So they've heard of unemployment and they've heard of breadlines. And they philanthropically cure them all By getting up a costume charity ball. -- Ogden Nash, _Pride Goeth Before a Raise_

She thinks that even up in heaven

She thinks that even up in heaven
Her class lies late and snores
While poor black cherubs rise at seven
To do celestial chores.
-- Countee Cullen, American poet

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