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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dylan Thomas, , , Marianne Moore, one-liners, , , poets on poetry, , Robert Frost, , substance, T. S. Eliot   


    Because my last post (TITLES FOR BARE NAKED POEMS) featured ‘no-line’ poems, which some readers might consider devoid of substance, I will try to wrecktify that air with a whole caboodle of one-line poems for you nit-pickers who insist that poems should have words — followed (in a spirit of munificence) by a bonus kit of one-line quotes, just for the tell of it. Now, far be it from me to make threats, but be forewarned: if this post isn’t enough to placate your unreasonable expectations, I may have to up the ante next time with a post of two-line poems….and you wouldn’t want that two happen, would you?


    Have an angst day.


    Would I lie to you?


    Who knows why?


    So….I suppose.


    Anything for a buck.




    Nobody hear but us chickens.


    Please excuse it.


    What’s up with that?


    Sign here ______________________

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    There are two ways of disliking poetry: one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope. –Oscar Wilde

    I like to think of poetry as statements made on the way to the grave. –Dylan Thomas

    All that is worth remembering of life is the poetry of it. –William Hazlitt

    Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind. –Don Marquis

    Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. –Robert Frost

    You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you. –Joseph Joubert

    Poetry is a gift; maybe that’s why you can’t sell it. –Evan Esar

    In a poem, the words should be as pleasing to the ear as the meaning is to the mind. –Marianne Moore

    Once in a while I meet someone who has read me; it did him good — I mean it served him right. –Robert Frost

    What stimulates me to write a poem is that I have got something inside me that I want to get rid of — it is almost a kind of defecation. –T. S. Eliot

    Gotta go.

    • scifihammy 2:32 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      haha Excellent one-liners 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:05 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Clever. Ha ha.

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      • mistermuse 9:58 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. While I’m at it, I’d like to recommend your blog to readers who value the values expressed in your interview post of Oct. 7 — check it out (by clicking “D. Wallace Peach” above) to see what I’m talking about. 🙂

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    • Cynthia Jobin 10:08 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have a favorite among your poems and a favorite among the quotes.

      Favorite poem: TEMPUS FUGIT It has great potential to continue on as a two-liner, a three liner, etc. and is very inspiring as long as you don’t abuse it, confuse it, obtuse it or generally over-mistermuse it….

      Favorite quote:The one by T.S. Eliot….it explains a lot.

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    • mistermuse 11:27 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Tempus fugit was originally the first line (“Please excuse it” was the second line) of a poem I wrote titled IMPOLI-TICK, back in the day when clocks actually ticked. Because tempus fugit, many people today are too young to remember such clocks and probably wouldn’t get the title, so I salvaged the poem as a one-liner.

      As for the T.S. Eliot quote, perhaps it explains a lot about political speechifying as well as writing poetry, except that poetry is seldom a lot of BS.

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    • arekhill1 10:20 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Tempus fugit indeed, Sr. Muse. I fugited the weekend away in Mexico, which left me behind on mucho today. Glad I could finally catch up to you.


      • mistermuse 11:45 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Now that The Donald’s chances of being elected Pres are fast fugiting away, you can go to Mexico as often as you please without worrying about a wall being built while you’re there, keeping you from returning home unless you dig a tunnel underneath. Yes! There is a God after all!!!


    • Mark Scheel 6:16 pm on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply


      I like the one-liners, but Esar’s comment really enlightened me. So that’s the reason there’s no money in it! Now I understand. LOL



      • mistermuse 10:23 pm on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mark. If I may change the subject, I notice that, in order to submit comments on your posts, I have to duplicate and submit a ‘CAPTCHA Code’ which, if I don’t do it exactly right, results in the disappearance of the comment which I may have spent 20 minutes (or more) composing. Not only is that frustrating, but I don’t see any point to it (even if I got it right every time)!


    • BroadBlogs 7:35 pm on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply


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      • mistermuse 10:10 pm on October 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. It makes me happy when my work appeals to a “Broad” audience. 🙂


    • Don Frankel 3:11 pm on October 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frost was lucky he lived in the day before the internet. Can you imagine what some people might have said to him on SWI? Could he handle it?


    • mistermuse 6:00 pm on October 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That last Frost quote surprised me with its wit. As for “Could he handle it?”, wit can handle almost anything but the witless, so no doubt he wouldn’t waste time trying.

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    • inesephoto 9:36 am on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant and profound!

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    • mistermuse 11:38 am on October 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      As the circus elephant said to its admirer, I should hire you as my publicist, but I could only pay you peanuts!


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Battle of the sexes, , , , , , , , Robert Frost, , , , ,   


    To a romantic girl, all roads lead to Romeo. –Evan Esar

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    August is ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH. I’m not sure why a month is needed to raise awareness of romance (a week, or even a day, seems more than sufficient to awaken all but the most world-weary of libidos)….however, if it must take a month, I suppose August will do as well as any other. But then who needs Valentine’s Day  — enough is enough!

    That may sound tantamount to telling Cupid to take a hike, but before you Romeos and Juliets go Roman off in a huff, be aware I have nothing against romance so long as it doesn’t get out of hand….which, as it happens, makes the title of my previous post (DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD) appear as if I’d simultaneously had today’s post in mind. Alas, I am not that far-sighted, but as a killer of two birds with one stone, and as a preview of coming attractions, I must admit the title was prescient (and I assure you that the two birds killed weren’t lovebirds).

    Anyway, what can I say about romance that hasn’t already been intimated by many others? Not much, I’m happy to say, because it comports with my creative energy level in these dog days of August. Therefore, I shall turn to those others who have already waxed eloquent about puppy love and the like, and relieve myself of further arduous cogitation:

    Love is the emotion that a woman always feels for a poodle, and sometimes for a man. –George Jean Nathan

    Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love. –Disraeli

    Marriage is a romance in which the heroine dies in the first chapter. –Cecelia Egan

    This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, Doc, my brother’s crazy! He thinks he’s a chicken. The doc says, Well, why don’t you turn him in? And the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally irrational, crazy and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs. –Woody Allen

    Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. –Jules Renard

    The realist always falls in love with a girl he has grown up with, the romanticist with a girl from “off somewhere.” –Robert Frost

    Fools rush in where bachelors fear to wed. –Evan Esar

    Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. Women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man’s last romance. –Oscar Wilde

    By the time you swear you’re his, shivering and sighing,
    And he vows his passion is infinite, undying —
    Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying.

    –Dorothy Parker

    Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. –Henry Kissinger

    In as much as we began this romantic excursion with several punning allusions to Rome, it seems fitting to close with scenes from one of my favorite films, the Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck romantic comedy, ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953):

    • arekhill1 10:56 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “You can tell if you’re in love if all of your emotions can be described exactly by the lyrics of popular songs.”


      • mistermuse 11:54 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know who whose quote that is, but perhaps the last person you’d think it applies to was the acerbic satirist Dorothy Parker….and yet she wrote the lyrics to this love song sung by Billie Holiday, backed by the great Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra:


    • Don Frankel 6:47 pm on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes and a great clip of Roman Holiday. Love that Song too.

      Acerbic one minute dreaming the next, sounds like maybe somebody was in love.


      • mistermuse 8:39 pm on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. It sounds as if you’ve seen ROMAN HOLIDAY, but if not, I highly recommend it — it’s a great movie.
        Dorothy Parker was married to her second husband (Alan Campbell, a bisexual) from 1934 to 1947, so when she wrote I WISHED ON THE MOON in 1935, she may well have been in love, even though (according to Wikipedia) she said he was “queer as a billy goat” (or maybe she just had a fondness for goats).

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    • linnetmoss 8:44 am on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love these, especially the Oscar Wilde quote 🙂

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    • Jane 9:44 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always been a bit of an Audrey Hepburn fan (OK, maybe a big fan) and I’ve watched Roman Holiday many times. Gregory Peck is a favourite too. I can’t help being sad at the end of watching it though. Love, responsibility…it’s not easy. A lot in life is all about compromise. Romance is delightful. Real life gets tricky. I think the Dorothy Parker quote probably struck a chord with me most! Now that I’m approaching 50, I think I appreciate Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉

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      • mistermuse 6:57 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Jane, your well-observed comment deserves a more complete response than the rather hasty one I dashed off last night. I agree (although many politicians sadly think otherwise) that “A lot of life is all about compromise.” And I equally agree (my humorous/satirical post to the contrary) that “Romance is delightful” and there are few better movies that exemplify that than ROMAN HOLIDAY. Real life indeed gets tricky, as is so bittersweetly depicted in that film.

        And speaking of “delightful,” your thoughtful reply certainly qualifies. 🙂

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        • Jane 7:23 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink

          Thank you, Mistermuse, for the equally thoughtful and delightful responses. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:05 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t go wrong with a Dorothy Parker quote. I written about her and/or the Algonquin Round Table (of which she was a big part) several times, and may do so again before long (she has a birthday coming up on Aug. 22).

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    • inesephoto 9:11 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, and I love the quotes and the video – Italian cinematography is exquisite.

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    • inesephoto 9:22 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, half of my comment just got posted, but I haven’t finished yet 🙂 Audrey Hepburn is an exquisite actress, and she fits in Italian settings like no one other non-Italian actress. Still, my favorite romantic movies are Italian, and I love the music from these movies. Old timer I am 😉

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    • mistermuse 10:40 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Another romantic American film set in Italy that you might like is SUMMERTIME (1955), starring Katherine (rather than Audrey) Hepburn as an American on holiday in Venice, co-starring Rossano Brazzi. 🙂


    • D. Wallace Peach 10:16 pm on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty funny. Who knew Kissinger was such a wit! Happy romancing 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:37 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. We’ve both spoken of Kissinger in the past tense (“WAS such a wit”), but he’s still alive at age 93. Let’s hope people don’t speak of us in the past tense when we’ve seen better days! 🙂

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      • D. Wallace Peach 8:27 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, he was a wit when he said it. Didn’t mean to imply he was dead. Hopefully, he’s still just as sharp-witted today. 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 9:35 pm on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It seems strange to need romance awareness month, and yet we do have February 14 as a day devoted to romance. And I always wished there were nicer weather for that day. I guess now there is — for a whole month!

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    • mistermuse 7:16 am on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Where I live, August is too much of a ‘nice weather’ thing (heat & humidity). I vote for May (meeting halfway between Feb. & August) to celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Romance Awareness Month.


  • mistermuse 9:18 am on July 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Catholic priests, , , , July 1, Robert Frost   


    ….at least, we think so:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    July 1st is International Joke Day, brought to you by the maker of human beings everywhere — for most of you, that would be God, so let us begin with a prayer by Robert Frost:

    Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I’ll forgive Thy great big joke on me.

    Speaking of seeking forgiveness, I stole almost every joke in this post, so forgive me too, Lord. If jokes were meant to be kept to oneself, I’m pretty sure You wouldn’t have invented sex.

    What do Christmas trees and Catholic priests have in common? Their balls are just for decoration.

    PMS is just a term for ovary-acting.

    How do you make Holy Water? Boil the hell out of it.

    A blind man walks into a bar. And a table. And a chair.

    What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.

    What time is it when you have to go to the dentist? Tooth hurtie.

    Did you know dwarfs and midgets have very little in common?

    How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was cool.

    Just went to an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.

    If Adam came back to earth, the only thing he’d recognize would be the jokes.





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