“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.” — Art of Quotation

“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.” John Updike, writer

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davidbrucehaiku: HALF AWAKE VERSUS FULLY ALIVE

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I am half awake

But she is fully alive

She sees so much more

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They looked and turned away

The Cheesesellers Wife

They looked and turned away
Londoners afraid to interact
With the girl sitting, weeping
On a stinkingly hot day in the city
Exclaiming that she had gone blind
Oversized suitcase abandoned near her feet
My feet
Someone pushed a cold drink into my hand
A woman’s voice comforted me
A stranger joined me on the step, asked where I was going
Told me that a long hot walk carrying a load
Had affected my sight
Sat until, miraculously, my sight returned
Then left
Pulling myself to my feet
I retrieved the offending suitcase
Slowly made my way to the Tube station
Continued my journey, moving from London to Oxford
Changing university, leaving friends and home city
Aiming for a Doctorate, I should have noted the omen
For I found loneliness and heartache

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

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Siegfried Sassoon: Trench Duty

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Shaken from sleep, and numbed and scarce awake,
Out in the trench with three hours’ watch to take,
I blunder through the splashing mirk; and then
Hear the gruff muttering voices of the men
Crouching in cabins candle-chinked with light.
Hark! There’s the big bombardment on our right
Rumbling and bumping; and the dark’s a glare
Of flickering horror in the sectors where
We raid the Boche; men waiting, stiff and chilled,
Or crawling on their bellies through the wire.
‘What? Stretcher-bearers wanted? Some one killed?’
Five minutes ago I heard a sniper fire:
Why did he do it? … Starlight overhead-
Blank stars. I’m wide awake; and some chap’s dead.

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Ambrose Bierce: Decalogue




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Thou shalt no God but me adore:

’Twere too expensive to have more.

No images nor idols make

For Roger Ingersoll to break.

Take not God’s name in vain: select

A time when it will have effect.

Work not on Sabbath days at all,

But go to see the teams play ball.

Honor thy parents. That creates

For life insurance lower rates.

Kill not, abet not those who kill;

Thou shalt not pay thy butcher’s bill.

Kiss not thy neighbor’s wife, unless

Thine own thy neighbor doth caress.

Don’t steal; thou’lt never thus compete

Successfully in business. Cheat.

Bear not false witness — that is low —

But “hear ’tis rumored so and so.”

Covet thou naught that thou hast got

By hook or crook, or somehow, got.

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