Invictus

July 13, 2012

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

– William Ernest Henley

Authentic Interaction

April 29, 2012

“In New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a “certificate of sharpening,” these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts.”

– David Rees “http://www.artisanalpencilsharpening.com/

Lullaby For Grown-Ups

March 28, 2012

Go to sleep
with closed eyes
your prophecies
won’t be fulfilled tonight

when you think
of falling skies
remember there are a million ways to die

don’t be afraid
anymore
don’t wear your inside out
to keep you warm

so rest your head
it’s just as well
you can’t keep the sky from falling
anyway

By the amazing Ane Brun.

Old Friendships

October 11, 2011

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Let’s go for a drive
See the town tonight
There’s nothing to do but I’ll unwind when I’m with you

This town’s so strange
They built it to change
And while we’re sleeping all the streets, they rearrange

And my old friends, we were so different then
Before your war against the suburbs began
Before it began

And now the music divides
Us into tribes
You grew your hair so I grew mine
They said the past won’t rest
Until we jump the fence and leave it behind

And my old friends, I can remember when
You cut your hair
We never saw you again
Now the cities we live in
Could be distant stars
And I search for you
In every passing car

– Arcade Fire, Suburban War (from The Suburbs, 2010)