SILVER Member since Nov 2009

I love Life...and Lamp!
Location: Dirty Jersey, USA

Total posts: 6
Posted:A friend gave this to me a while ago. I call it a poem but in reality I feel it's instructions to live life by. I find when I apply these to my daily life... positive energy comes to me much easier and in more abundance. I figure there is more than one person on here who will dig it as much as I. Enjoy.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & listen clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter, for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & and stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful strive to be happy.

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Destroyer of worlds and ooo shiny.
Location: In my own head, United Kingdom

Total posts: 268
Posted:A Cat Named Sloopy

For a while
the only earth that Sloopy knew
was in her sandbox.
Two rooms on Fifty-fifth Street
were her domain.
Every night shed sit in the window
among the avocado plants
waiting for me to come home
( my arms full of canned liver and love. )
Wed talk into the night then
but missing something.
She the earth she never knew
me the hills I ran
while growing bent.

Sloopy should have been a cowboys cat
with prairies to run
not linoleum
and real-live catnip mice
No one to depend on but herself.

I never told her
but in my mind
I was a midnight cowboy even then.
Riding my imaginary horse
down Forty-second Street,
going off with strangers
to live an hour-long cowboys life,
but always coming home to Sloopy,
who loved me best.

A dozen summers
we lived against the world.
An island on an island.
Shed comfort me with purring
Id fatten her with smiles.
We grew rich on trust
needing not the beach or butterflies.

I had a friend named Ben
who painted buildings like Roualt men.
He went away.
My laughter tired Lillian
after a time
she found a man who only smiled.
Only Sloopy stayed and stayed.

and yet I stayed out all one night
the next day too.

They must have thought me crazy
as the snow came falling
down around me.

I was a madman
to have stayed away
one minute more
than the appointed hour.
Id like to think a golden cowboy
snatched her from the window sill,
and safely saddlebagged
she rode to Arizona.
Shes stalking lizards
in the cactus now perhaps
bitter but free.

Im bitter too
and not a free man anymore.

Once was a time,
in New Yorks jungle in a tree,
before I went into the world
in search of other kinds of love
nobody owned me but a cat named Sloopy.

Looking back
perhaps shes been
the only human thing
that ever gave back love to me.


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