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Edmund Pollard
Edgar Lee Masters

I would I had thrust my hands of flesh
Into the disk-flowers bee-infested,
Into the mirror-like core of fire
Of the light of life, the sun of delight.
For what are anthers worth or petals
Or halo-rays? Mockeries, shadows
Of the heart of the flower, the central flame!
All is yours, young passer-by;
Enter the banquet room with the thought;
Don't sidle in as if you were doubtful
Whether you're welcome--the feast is yours!
Nor take but a little, refusing more
With a bashful "Thank you," when you're hungry.
Is your soul alive? Then let it feed!
Leave no balconies where you can climb;
Nor milk-white bosoms where you can rest;
Nor golden heads with pillows to share;
Nor wine cups while the wine is sweet;
Nor ecstasies of body or soul,
You will die, no doubt, but die while living
In depths of azure, rapt and mated,
Kissing the queen-bee, Life!

from Spoon River Anthology

   

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If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and
sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are
you're not going to be happy. If someone bases his happiness or
unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of
money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't
going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness
depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap,
then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.

Andy Rooney

  
   

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