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  •  Thank you. It's been a while since I'd read that. (18+ / 0-)

    When I was done, though, I wanted an antidote, and thought of this:

    The Song of Wandering Aengus
      by W. B. Yeats   

    I went out to the hazel wood,  
    Because a fire was in my head,  
    And cut and peeled a hazel wand,  
    And hooked a berry to a thread;  
    And when white moths were on the wing,
    And moth-like stars were flickering out,  
    I dropped the berry in a stream  
    And caught a little silver trout.  

    When I had laid it on the floor  
    I went to blow the fire a-flame,
    But something rustled on the floor,  
    And someone called me by my name:  
    It had become a glimmering girl  
    With apple blossom in her hair  
    Who called me by my name and ran
    And faded through the brightening air.  

    Though I am old with wandering  
    Through hollow lands and hilly lands,  
    I will find out where she has gone,  
    And kiss her lips and take her hands;
    And walk among long dappled grass,  
    And pluck till time and times are done,  
    The silver apples of the moon,  
    The golden apples of the sun.

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

    by serendipityisabitch on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:07:09 PM PDT

    •  Another favorite of mine...thanks! (8+ / 0-)

      I almost went looking for it, too.

      I am glad you put it here.

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      by cfk on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:32:33 PM PDT

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    •  serendipity would be perfect as a bitch. I can see (9+ / 0-)

      her now, in a Neil Gaiman graphic novel.

      The most intriguing of the many colorful Hindu gods and goddesses is Parvati/Kali: who is beautiful, garlanded with flowers, when she is nature like spring shower; yet she is horrible, garlanded with skulls, when she is nature like a raging monsoon.

      Yeats is a favorite, too. The way he weaves ancient music with such original dreams. What a magnificent poem that is. I read it once, so long ago. Now I'll have to get out my book of Yeats, and look for more.

      Alas, that poem spears the hungriest hole in my heart. But that's my own fool fault, for ever letting her leave. If I'd put some of my demons away, we could have made it work. If I knew then all I know now . . .

      Still, a bright and shimmering spell. What a poet. Thank you, serendipityisabitch.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:50:19 PM PDT

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      •  Well... that's not precisely what I was thinking (6+ / 0-)

        about when I picked the name....

        More like the lines from Kipling:

        Good Luck she is never a lady
        But the cursedest queen alive!
        Tricksy,  wincing  and  jady,
        Kittle to lead or drive.
        Greet her--she's hailing a stranger!
        Meet her--she's busking to leave.
        Let her alone for a shrew  to the bone,
        And the hussy comes plucking your sleeve!

        But it's an entrancing picture anyway, and I thank you for it. I'm thinking of trying it as an image, but we'll see....

        At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

        by serendipityisabitch on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:28:08 PM PDT

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        •  Kipling often sings the very truth. (4+ / 0-)

          I have seven Ganeshas on my mantlepiece. They've been slacking, and sending no luck my way, removing no obstacles. But perhaps they're on strike because I bring them no flowers.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:48:57 PM PDT

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          •  They tell me an incense stick or two (4+ / 0-)

            can work wonders - I think you have to be specific about the obstacles, or at least the goals. More to the point, you have to ask, to believe they might help. Gods don't work for nothing, you know...

            At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

            by serendipityisabitch on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:41:08 PM PDT

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