k16dscn0850A poem is never finished,
only abandoned.
– W. H.Auden, “quoting” Valéry

Aux yeux de ces amateurs d’inquiétude et de perfection, un ouvrage n’est jamais achevé, – mot qui pour eu n’a aucun sens, – mais abandonné; et cet abandon, qui le livre aux flammes ou au public (et qu’il soit l’effet de la lassitude ou de l’obligation de livrer), leur est une sorte d’accident, comparable à la rupture d’une réflexion, que la fatigue, le fâcheux, ou quelque sensation viennent rendre nulle.
– Paul Valéry, au sujet du Cimetière marin.

After a break, I find the blog needs a bit of a wash and brush up. Sorry for any quirks. And thanks for the kind messages in my absence.

Three Wise Men

Three Wise Women would have:
asked directions
been on time
brought practical gifts
helped deliver the baby
cleaned the stable
made a casserole
… and there would be Peace on Earth!

– Anonymous

Happy New Year

 A happy and prosperous new year to all!

Today You Are You

Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

− Dr. Seuss

Many happy returns to Laura on a very special birthday!

Under the Mistletoe

Merry Christmas All!



Nobody can bring you peace
but yourself.

− Ralph Waldo Emerson


History is as light as individual human life,
unbearably light,
light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air,
as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.

― Milan Kundera


All difficult things have their origin
in that which is easy,
and great things
in that which is small.

− Lao Tzu


The final test of a gentleman
is his respect for those
who can be of no possible service to him.

— William Lyon Phelps


Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes I just sits.

— A.A.Milne

Glorious Afternoon

To sit with a dog on a hillside
on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring
– it was peace.

— Milan Kundera


is the only universal liar
who never loses his reputation for veracity.

— Robert Green Ingersoll

Where Peaceful Waters Flow

Restless hearts, it has been along time,
Out here on the journey, for a glimpse of paradise,
It’s getting hard to find a place to go,
Where peaceful water flow.

— Chris de Burgh


is in walking distance
if you have the time.

— Steven Wright


The world is all gates,
all opportunities,
strings of tension
waiting to be struck.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Morning Line-up

Morning is wonderful.
Its only drawback
is that it comes at such an
inconvenient time of day.

― Glen Cook


is but today’s memory,
and tomorrow
is today’s dream.

— Khalil Gibran

A New Dawn

Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Reeds driftin’ on by
You know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

A new day and a new year for me today 🙂

Taking Flight

When fears are grounded
Dreams take flight

– Unknown

Happy New Year

The sun is new each day.

— Heraclitus

I wish you a very happy 2014!

The Far Horizon

Only he who keeps his eye fixed
on the far horizon
will find the right road.

— Dag Hammarskjold

A Very Happy Birthday to Laura!

Piece of Perfection

Every particular in nature,
a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time
is related to the whole,
and partakes of the perfection of the whole.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Waste Not, Want Not

I cannot endure
to waste anything so precious
as autumnal sunshine
by staying in the house.

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Misery’s Reflection

Part of every misery is
the misery’s shadow or reflection:
that you don’t merely suffer,
but keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer.

— C. S. Lewis