"How Unsteady it Must Be/To Live a Life Driven By/Creativity"-Rose Ella

Thank you for understanding.


Maybe if I don't edit it for long enough, it'll come back into fashion and my kids'll think it's cool. (What kids? Oh yeah. None.)

Words, Words, Words

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all." -- Oscar Wilde

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clear blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~Mary Oliver

My friend Alice, a PHENOMENAL poet I met at college, recited this to our class in early December, 2004. It brought tears to my eyes, though I didn't cry: she had prefaced the poem with "No crying at school." She explained that someone she had known had passed away, and his family wanted a poem to read at the service... she shared with them this one.
As for Mary Oliver, she is the author of "The Poetry Handbook", which I am now reading. There is much more to learn about her, a living poet... BLESS.

Some links for poetry, poets, and such-like!

It's got a pretty orange banner on top!!! The Norton Poets Online site is a sleek little source, with Poet Workshops (contemporary poets talk about their writings!!!),
Multimedia capabilities (listening to poetry is a favorite Dragonfly pastime now!!!), information about Author Appearances, Related Reading...
Poetry Anthologies (good for your eyes and your libraries) and even MORE poetry links!!!!

Poets.com, where you can ADOPT A POET!!!
.................. Find a poem... find a poet... listen to poets... look up events!!!...
beautifully designed, easy to navigate...
look into all sorts of great poetry contests, and even start your own notebook and check out the forums!

Poetry Daily was recommended to me by a groovy classmate.
I am glad I signed up for their weekly online newsletter...
Every week I'm reminded of cool contests... why not you as well!??

If you just want a random poem,
try the good old random poem section of emule.com's Poetry Archives.
You'll find our friends Poe, Blake, Frost and others on their Top Poems page.
There are also surveys, discussion forums...

OOooo... this is handy!!! Language Tools at iTools. Several different dictionaries, thesauruses (search for homonyms, rhymes, etc!!!), MAP TOOLS, currency conversion-doohickies, and even crossword puzzle solver and a word unscrambler are here!

Yes. I'm responsible for it. I'm the Proud Musemother of the H2G2 Musehome. All muses can be found at the Musehome Roster

Sadly, I don't bother to do much about the Musehome nowadays. :-(

Ancient list of h2g2 Muses!!!7Rob7, Muse of Theatre Freakz and the Polydactyly-ChallengedAcidbath, Muse of InsomniacsAfgncaap5, Muse of Mad-Science and Holistic DetectingA Girl Called Jack, Muse of 6 foot Green Squirrels and Incompetencyaka, Muse of Cheesecake, Chocolate Milk, and Crunchie BarsAlien, Muse of ShovelingAliqius Mirabilis, Muse of Forbidden LoreAlmighty Rob, Muse of Arrogant Self-Worship and Renegade OpinionsAmy , Muse of Procrastinating NovelistsApollo, Muse of FlirtingArchangel Big 'Evil' Dan, Muse of Creative Work AvoidanceArchangel Fashion Cat, Muse of Indolent StudentsArchangel Galaxy Babe, Muse of Astral DelightsAsteroid Lil, Muse of Horses and Self-DoubtAurora, Muse au chocolat; Muse of Fancy FootwearBigalibi, Muse of Antiquated Swimming StrokesBob, Muse of Loude Guitare SoloesBroelan, Muse of Unfinished FictionBumbee, Muse of Great DessertsCafram, Muse of Flying Pigs and Pie ThrowingChesebeth, Muse of Sci-Fi and Tactical Soft Fruit AssaultsClelba, Muse of Ceramic Moo-MakersDinnah, Muse of Alliteration AliasDr. E. Vibenstein, Muse of AnagramsDunky, Muse of Hangovers, Groaning Quietly and trying Not to Move Too FastEBWrite, Muse of GeeksE G Mel, Muse of Baggy TrousersE-Lizzy, Muse of Toast and JamElly, Muse of Care and UntidynessElwood, Muse of the Perpetually InquisitiveEnglander, Muse of Home-brewing and RecordingE's Alter Ego, Muse of Melancholy and Art LegoEvil One, Muse of OragamiGinTonyx, Muse of the Lemon-GardenGoshoogoshoogosh, Muse of Putting Things Off Until Another TimeHatifnat, Muse of Mostly Harmless Cactus and Other Friendly HouseplantsHopelessly Paranoid, Muse of ParanoiaInfinity, Muse of FrogsInkwash, Muse of CartoonistsJake, the Tanguero, Muse of Salon Style Argentine TangoJane, Muse of Bad GirlsJeremy, Muse of Dinner Jackets, Handmade Music, and CampfiresJoanna, Muse of DarknessJoe, aka Arnia, Muse of WritingJust Another Victim of the Ambient Morality, Muse of Complicated User Pages and Navel ContemplationKasia, Muse of Classic Goo FansKC, Muse of ActorsKiller Queen, Muse of Polyphonic WritingKristina, Muse of the FLAMEnco DanceKT, Muse of Flying HorsesKumentanzuka, Muse of aLtErNaTive expressiOnLizard Prince, Muse of Gratuitous SarcasmMandarb, Muse of BartendingMarc, Muse of Blues and Activities That People Think are Dangerous or Unpleasant but Really Aren'tMathnerd, Muse of Coffee, Cigarettes, and Beat PoetryMaW, Muse of Dancing DucksMina, Muse of BondageMonkey Butler Leader, Muse of Love SquaresMuppet, Muse of ElephantsNexusSeven, Muse of DreamsOttox, Muse of Listening to Old LP-recordsPeet, Muse of Lateral Programming IdeasPegasus, Muse of Puns and PoniesPheloxi, Muse of EcalpemosProfessor Christopher Tonks, Muse of Infinity and Dimensional TheoryPurple Frog and Typolifi, Muse of Dry Cleaning and of Genuinely Magnificent Appearance and of High LineageRed Dog, Muse of Doodling (but not scribbling)RedFish, Muse of Evil Doings and Kitchen AppliancesResearcher 170714 Tabitca, Muse of Musical Thoughts and Whiskey BottlesSad, mad or bad?, Muse of Bad PoetrySaint Hezher, Muse of Death by ChocolateSergeant Mushroom, Muse of Fungi SoldiersShea the Sarcastic, Muse of New YorkersSilent_Potato, Muse of Center StageSporky, Muse of ArtistsSt. Seven of Nine, Muse of PerfectionTaffy Boy, Muse of the Red DragonTashalls, Muse of Flights of FancyTechnoyokel, Muse of PoetryThe Corrupt One, Muse of Ranting and Offensive PostingThe Fish, Muse of All Things FishyThe Jester, Muse of ComediansThe Talkative Mr. Mike, Muse of Music StandsTinkerbell, Muse of Post-It Notes and Sparkly ThingsTitania, Muse of ConfusionTrin, Muse of NerdsTummyfish, Muse of Fine Finned FriendsTwinkle, Muse of SpaceUncle Heavy, Muse of Interesting Facial HairVince, Muse of Annoying OptimismVoon, Muse of TravelWhoami?, Muse of BemusedWitty Moniker, Muse of NeedleworkXyroth, Muse of TechnomagesZalisander, Muse of MayhemThe code for this listThe code for Volunteer lists

SEE IT IN GOO!!!(Alabaster's just WHITE POO!!!!)

U98816 = (9-(8/8)-1)*6 = 42

I'm wordy. And I have to create...

"Shakespeare had a sister; but do not look for her in Sir Sidney Lee's life of the poet. She died young-- alas, she never wrote a word. She lies buried where the omnibuses now stop, opposite the Elephant and Castle. Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word and was buried at the crossroads still lives. She lives in you and in me, and in many other women who are not here... But she lives; for great poets do not die; they are continuing presences; they need only the opportunity to walk among us in the flesh. This opportunity, as I think, it is now coming within your power to give her. For my belief is... if we have the habit of freedom and


; if we escape a little from the common sitting-room and see human beings not always in the relation to each other but in relation to reality; and the sky, too, and the trees or whatever it may be in themselves... then the opportunity will come and the dead poet who was Shakespeare's sister will put on the body which she has so often laid down... I maintain that she would come if we worked for her, and that so to work, even in povery and obscurity, is worth while." --Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own". If only we were so brave for Shakespeare's sister...

I appreciate Chocolate milk and Cheesecake!

"In order to have great poets, there must be great audiences."--Walt Whitman

I Spy, With my Dragonfly Eye...

"Read all about it!!!"

You can do plenty of stupid but fun things on h2g2...

I heard in 2003 that I had the record for most postings in the history of h2g2. This could only happen when you live at home and your parents do your laundry and a lot of the cooking... Ummm... thanks, Mom and Dad...

"The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews
Not to be born is the best for man
The second best is a formal order
The dance's pattern, dance while you can.
Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down with the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop."

--W. H. Auden, September 1936
Ah... a man who appreciates the art of dance... A poem perfect for the Muse of Song and Dance...

Dude!!! This is the COOLEST THING IN THE WORLD, and my friend and muse, Ottox found it for me!!! Thank you, Ottox!!!

Ok, gangstas, lovers, haters, thugs, ballas, hippies, poets, pirates, pagans and lurkers, I'm putting this link on my page: Hootoo's Alternative Writing Workshop because I think I'll be spending a fair amount of time there soon. YAY!!!

May happiness
pursue you,

catch you
often, and,

should it
lose you,

be waiting
ahead, making

a clearing
for you

~A.R. Ammons

Great what you can find online when you're in pursuit of contemporary poetry, isn't it!??


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