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by Maureen N. McLane
and if
I were to say

I love you and
I do love you

and I say it
now and again

and again
would you say

would you see

the world revolves

its axis
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by Matthew Rohrer

I believe there is something else

entirely going on but no single
person can ever know it,
so we fall in love.

It could also be true that what we use
everyday to open cans was something
much nobler, that we'll never recognize.

I believe the woman sleeping beside me
doesn't care about what's going on
outside, and her body is warm
with trust
which is a great beginning.
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 Buffalo Bill's
               who used to
               ride a watersmooth-silver
        and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
        he was a handsome man
                             and what i want to know is
        how do you like your blueeyed boy
        Mister Death

		-- ee cummings
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I'd love a translation of the following - 

Dia Diobh a beirt iascari brea
Nach mbeidh ar ais ar barr an tra
Go mbeidh sibh sona sasta ar neamh
Tomas agus Sean O'Conghaile
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 I went and got my hair cut yesterday, and am still gutted about it. It's unreasonable of me to be this upset - it doesn't look THAT bad (yes it does) but I asked her to cut two inches off and she cut four. For the first time in my adult life it's shorter than my bra strap. And I want to cry every time I think about it.

Anyone recommend a Glasgow hairdresser who actually knows how to listen?
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 When looking at a new moon for the first time, have siller (money) in your hand.

If you break a mirror, bury a fragment of it it at the foot of an ash tree, and you will escape your seven years bad luck. Having an ash tree near your house is also a protection from ills.

Little Mother Lime Tree can grant wishes.

(courtesy of two parents!)
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Sleepless. So, poetry.

Not My Best Side )
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Bit of a rough week in some ways, but getting better... Hooray for the weekend.

To the Snake

Green Snake, when I hung you round my neck
and stroked your cold, pulsing throat
                as you hissed to me, glinting
arrowy gold scales, and I felt
               the weight of you on my shoulders,
and the whispering silver of your dryness
               sounded close at my ears --

Green Snake--I swore to my companions that certainly
                 you were harmless! But truly
I had no certainty, and no hope, only desiring
                to hold you, for that joy,
                                                           which left
a long wake of pleasure, as the leaves moved
and you faded into the pattern
of grass and shadows, and I returned
smiling and haunted, to a dark morning.

Denise Levertov
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So, I just found a new and even more time consuming stitch that will make my hand binding a tiny bit better.

I am oddly delighted. The next frock may take three years, though.
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Your result for The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz...

Art History Major

91% Artiste!

Art History Major: You scored 91% Artiste!

You've studied art for years, and therefore you recognized almost if not all the works represented here. Way to go!

Take The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz at HelloQuizzy

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 I've got two bunches of flowers in my flat today. Last weeks roses and thistles (a bit obvious, I know, but so lovely) and they are lasting fairly well, although if I really want to keep them for much longer I will have to switch off the heating - they are getting a teeny bit brown round the edges. The other one is a bunch of bright, practical,  hard-wearing white chrysanths. I am honestly not sure which I prefer.
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"Speaking of livers," the unicorn said. "Real magic can never be made by offering up someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back. The true witches know that."
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helluva hard tay read theez init
if yi canny unnirston thim jiss clear aff then
get tay fuck ootma road

ahmaz goodiz thi lota yiz so ah um
ah no whit ahm dayn
jiss try enny a yir fly patir wi me
stick thi bootnyi good style
so ah wull

by Tom Leonard
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In the English system at GCSE level there is examination on particular texts. The recent removal of the Carol Anne Duffy poem "Education for Leisure" from the list of 'texts you might be examined on'  for being too topical and relevant indicates to me why teachers' freedom to choose the texts they teach is so very very important.

Mrs Schofield's GCSE

The poem Carol Ann Duffy penned in response to her work being removed from a GCSE curriculum

You must prepare your bosom for his knife,
said Portia to Antonio in which
of Shakespeare's Comedies? Who killed his wife,
insane with jealousy? And which Scots witch
knew Something wicked this way comes? Who said
Is this a dagger which I see? Which Tragedy?
Whose blade was drawn which led to Tybalt's death?
To whom did dying Caesar say Et tu? And why?
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark - do you
know what this means? Explain how poetry
pursues the human like the smitten moon
above the weeping, laughing earth; how we
make prayers of it. Nothing will come of nothing:
speak again. Said by which King? You may begin.

(You will find the banned poem at the end of this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/sep/04/gcses.english )
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 At the end of the proceeding, my dentist told me "Well done!" I don't normally quarrel with praise, but in this case I find myself slightly disturbed...
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This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson
done,Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the
themes thou lovest best, Night, sleep, death and the stars.

Walt Whitman
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While I am generally quite fond of spiders, they should be aware that having legs fourteen billion times the length of their teeny round bodies and mysteriously appearing again on the windowsill of the window they were just expelled through are NOT ways to win my heart. 
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