November 14th, 2002

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The Leal

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The Leal

The friends I made have slipped and strayed,
And who's the one that cares?
A trifling lot and best forgot ----
And that's my tale, and theirs.

Then if my friendships break and bend,
There's little need to cry
The while I know that every foe
Is faithful till I die.

- Dorothy Parker
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The Realists

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The Realists

Hope that you may understand!
What can books of men that wive
In a dragon-guarded land,
Paintings of the dolphin-drawn
Sea-nymphs in their pearly waggons
Do, but awake a hope to live
That had gone
With the dragons?

- William Butler Yeats
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The Only Poem

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The Only Poem

This is the only poem
I can read
I am the only one
can write it
I didn't kill myself
when things went wrong
I didn't turn
to drugs or teaching
I tried to sleep
but when I couldn't sleep
I learned to write
I learned to write
what might be read
on nights like this
by one like me

- Leonard Cohen