Don’t Think About Katy Perry

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Don’t Think About Katy Perry

Especially Katy Perry
in her whipped-cream-
squirting bikini top.
Don’t think about the fame
you’d win if you had
her blue eyes, or the pop
of color her anime
hair would give your face.
Don’t think about all the lattes
her record deal could buy,
the rich Hollywood
men lips you’d kiss,
or the smooth fatless
body you’d have.

Don’t think about death
while eating in front of the TV,
especially if…

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Wow. Yes. (Go read the whole thing.)

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Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. Their fingers, from excessive toil, are too clumsy and tremble too much for that. Actually, the laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be depreciated in the market. He has not time to be anything but a machine. How can he well remember his ignorance—which growth requires—who has so often to use his knowledge? We should feed and clothe him gratuitously sometimes, and recruit him with our cordials, before we judge of him. The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom of fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Surely we are naїve if we do not believe that there are fallen angels, echthroi, nephilim, or by whatever name they are called, who are attacking the light. I must hold firm to the faith that the light can be neither comprehended by them nor extinguished.
Madeleine L’Engle, Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage

I teach language arts to gifted middle school students, and I’m trying to teach academic voice in a way that builds both skill and confidence. I want to support, rather than squelch, students’ own articulation of their own insights. Tis tricky. So…writing teachers, how does this go? I am open to advice, reading recommendations, etc.

After many years
and much silliness on both our parts
I invite you back to this sacred place
we used to come
to rest, to sleep, to dream;
to heal
our brokenness.

I know you’ve missed it.

The rosa morada trees
whose blossoms consoled us
and the moonlit maguey
that made us wonder
were taken out by last month’s hurricane.

I witness the bare spaces with your eyes. And
wait,
humbled, for your murmurs of acceptance
and letting go.

We are adrift now. Every boat has left the shore.

Everything in Nature is warning us
to hurry up
and share.

"After Many Years and Much Silliness," from Alice Walker’s collection, The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers

This man is my darling and my dear and the love of my life.

You must once and for all give up being worried about success and failures. Don’t let that concern you. It’s your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures.
Anton Checkov

One of the greatest obstacles to giving unconditional love is our fear that the love may not be returned. We don’t realize that the feeling we seek lies in the giving, not in the receiving.

If we measure love received, we will never feel loved. Instead, we will feel shortchanged. Not because we really were, but because the act of measuring is not an act of love. When you feel unloved, it is not because you are not receiving love; it is because you are withholding love.

Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

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Found this sitting in my drafts section, collecting internet-dust. Don’t know how long it’s been there!

Here. Have it.