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A delightful haiku written by capriciousbee:

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muse of wise discourse

Picking flowers in the field
In the springtime of the year,
I heard the sound of chariot wheels
And was afraid with nothing to fear

And there he stood with his face like coal,
His eyes as dark as a night of hell,
And there he stood with his eyes like fire,
Saying, "Fair Lady, I wish you well."

They say he forced me, but that's not true --
Of my free will I followed him down
To his dark place beneath the earth,
To his dark palace there below the ground.

And there he loved me and I loved him
Though all the world there was icy dark
We never noticed the light was dim
For the bright flame inside our hearts.

They say above us the world grew cold,
The leaves and flowers began to die.
The fruit trees withered and grew old,
And dark'ning clouds covered all the sky.

My mother searched hard and tried to find
A pathway leading down from the sun,
And long she travelled with troubled mind
Until she walked where we once had run.

I still remember the dreadful hour
She stood before us and bade me leave
Her dress of sunlight, her face a flower,
His face behind me so full of grief.

We made a bargain and made it sure,
We made a contract and made it sound --
That I would stay with her for half the year,
The other half come below the ground.

It was so good at first to see the sky,
To walk in sunlight and hear the lark;
But not so good to have to say goodbye
To my love down there in the dark.

Oh yes, it's true then that life is good,
And I've learned the lesson it can teach:
That you can never have all you want,
And you never want what's within reach.

The fairest flower that ever grows
Grows far deep inside a bush of thorns
And happiness, then, is like the rose,
For without pain nothing good is born.

To know the daylight you must know dark,
To know the flowers you must know weeds;
You cannot meet again unless you part,
Or eat a pomegranate without seeds.

--Grace Griffith, Demeter's Daughter, from the album "Grace"

"The one thing I have learned in life -- perhaps if I live a little longer I will learn something else -- but the one thing that I have learned that stays constant throughout everything is that everything must come to an end. Never think that something is going to be there forever. Everything, and I mean everything, ends eventually." --James Hamrick

(Yeah, lots of nostalgia quotes. I don't really know why, either.)

NB: I don't check the Yahoo email address associated with this account pretty much ever. It's the spam-catching email address. (9/6/2009)
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