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  • Fred O'Malley
    I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
    • Apr 2013
    • 173582

    #16
    The American Rebellion
    by Rudyard Kipling


    1776
    Before


    Twas not while England's sword unsheathed
    Put half a world to flight,
    Nor while their new-built cities breathed
    Secure behind her might;
    Not while she poured from Pole to Line
    Treasure and ships and men--
    These worshippers at Freedoms shrine
    They did not quit her then!

    Not till their foes were driven forth
    By England o'er the main--
    Not till the Frenchman from the North
    Had gone with shattered Spain;
    Not till the clean-swept oceans showed
    No hostile flag unrolled,
    Did they remember that they owed
    To Freedom--and were bold!


    After


    The snow lies thick on Valley Forge,
    The ice on the Delaware,
    But the poor dead soldiers of King George
    They neither know nor care.

    Not though the earliest primrose break
    On the sunny side of the lane,
    And scuffling rookeries awake
    Their England' s spring again.

    They will not stir when the drifts are gone,
    Or the ice melts out of the bay:
    And the men that served with Washington
    Lie all as still as they.

    They will not stir though the mayflower blows
    In the moist dark woods of pine,
    And every rock-strewn pasture shows
    Mullein and columbine.

    Each for his land, in a fair fight,
    Encountered strove, and died,
    And the kindly earth that knows no spite
    Covers them side by side.

    She is too busy to think of war;
    She has all the world to make gay;
    And, behold, the yearly flowers are
    Where they were in our fathers' day!

    Golden-rod by the pasture-wall
    When the columbine is dead,
    And sumach leaves that turn, in fall,
    Bright as the blood they shed.
    Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
    Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
    “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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    • JIMMY
      Senior Member
      • May 2013
      • 117

      #17
      Originally posted by Fred O'Malley View Post
      The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
      Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
      And sorry I could not travel both
      And be one traveler, long I stood
      And looked down one as far as I could
      To where it bent in the undergrowth;
      Then took the other, as just as fair,
      And having perhaps the better claim,
      Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
      Though as for that the passing there
      Had worn them really about the same,
      And both that morning equally lay
      In leaves no step had trodden black.
      Oh, I kept the first for another day!
      Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
      I doubted if I should ever come back.
      I shall be telling this with a sigh
      Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      Two roads diverged in a wood, and
      I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference.

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      • Fred O'Malley
        I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
        • Apr 2013
        • 173582

        #18
        The Truth About Life?

        Life, your life and mine.

        A series of escapades, some good and some bad. At times you betray yourself and other times you are victorious. You embarrass yourself and you redeem yourself. You love and you hate.

        Your life, like mine is a wave with highs and lows. Your first love, the one that didn't love you back. Then the one that did. Your first sex, with the one who could have been your soulmate, but it didn't work out. Then one did.

        You work at a job you find boring or exciting, but not fulfilling. You have a boss that doesn't know sheep shit from wild honey, yet he/she is your boss, with power over you and you accede to conformity.

        You eventually find a job that fulfills you, but not completely. You find something to believe in, but it's not complete either. You settle.

        Years go by and there is a longing in you for a thing you can't put your finger on, searching. Maybe it's another person, you fuck around and have guilt follow you like an assassin. Then, you find that your sig other has fucked around too. Your world falls apart. You leave without direction, without purpose, you are devastated, seeing only one side.

        Eventually you come to understand that only truth matters, yours, hers, it doesn't matter, as long as it is true. Your broken heart never heals, but the suffering does subside. You long for the one who can make you forget all the others, but he/she never appears.

        Finally, you settle into a routine that at least seems normal. You work and make love and dream of things that might have been. You can never find the perfect reality, because it cannot exist for you. The betrayal and the being betrayed has taken the life from you. You live but aren't really alive, you screwed that up long ago.

        You find an escape in drugs or alcohol and hide from reality, knowing you can't hide.

        Then comes an understanding that surpasses all others. You finally know that your life, good or bad, is your life and you can get on with it or end it. You still search, you can't help it, but this is your life. There is nothing better for you, this is it.

        All the great times you had mean nothing now, except in your mind, and they remind you that your life has been less than anticipated. The good times don't last, as don't the bad times, be grateful.

        Look around you, count your blessings and enjoy the life you have, it won't get any better.

        Life is an endurance and a sword with two edges. When it ends, you will feel both gratitude and regret. That's life.

        Fred O'Malley
        Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
        Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
        “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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        • Fred O'Malley
          I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
          • Apr 2013
          • 173582

          #19
          Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

          Isolation-Nation

          I
          One rocky isle in the open sea,
          A safe haven for people who flee,
          The desperate, hungry, refugees.
          Part of a whole greater than itself.
          Before the dark times came.
          When there’s a loss in prosperity,
          There can be a crisis of identity.
          Demagogues on the prowl,
          Whipping up,
          Finding someone to blame.
          ‘Let’s get back control today,
          Let’s go it alone,
          Let’s do it our way’.
          So to the ballot box they descended,
          Consensus they ended,
          And yes, they went their own way,
          Banners flying for Independence Day.
          Isola nation,
          Newly born,
          Viewed outsiders with scorn.
          II
          Old agreements null and void,
          So new arrangements need to be made,
          Going far and wide to sell our wares,
          For any price,
          To anyone there.
          Meanwhile back on the Isle,
          Poisonous ideas were on the rise,
          Who fits in and who doesn’t not,
          ‘Be gone,
          be gone,
          be gone with them,
          Let’s make Isola great again.’
          III
          Brain drain followed,
          For them not the cold of this barren rock,
          One by one they left, they left,
          Leaving very little, little left.
          They went their own way, they did of course,
          But no nation is truly an island.
          Much diminished this cruel island became,
          For shame,
          Isola Nation,
          The clue was in the name.


          More Poetry: https://anthillel.wordpress.com/
          Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
          Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
          “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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          • Fred O'Malley
            I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
            • Apr 2013
            • 173582

            #20
            Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

            How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
            I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
            My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
            For the ends of being and ideal grace.
            I love thee to the level of every day's
            Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
            I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
            I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
            I love thee with the passion put to use
            In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
            I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
            With my lost saints. I love with the breath,
            Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
            I shall but love thee better after death.
            Elizabeth Barrett Browning
            Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
            Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
            “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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            • Fred O'Malley
              I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
              • Apr 2013
              • 173582

              #21
              Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

              Ralph Waldo Emerson

              Give All to Love

              https://americanliterature.com/autho...ve-all-to-love
              Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
              Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
              “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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              • Fred O'Malley
                I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                • Apr 2013
                • 173582

                #22
                Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                Annabel Lee https://americanliterature.com/autho...em/annabel-lee

                by Edgar Allan Poe
                Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                • Fred O'Malley
                  I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                  • Apr 2013
                  • 173582

                  #23
                  Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                  O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

                  https://americanliterature.com/autho...ain-my-captain
                  Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                  Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                  “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                  • Fred O'Malley
                    I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                    • Apr 2013
                    • 173582

                    #24
                    Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                    The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

                    https://americanliterature.com/autho...road-not-taken
                    Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                    Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                    “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                    • Fred O'Malley
                      I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                      • Apr 2013
                      • 173582

                      #25
                      Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                      Ultimately by Ernest Hemingway

                      https://americanliterature.com/autho...oem/ultimately
                      Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                      Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                      “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                      • Fred O'Malley
                        I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                        • Apr 2013
                        • 173582

                        #26
                        Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                        A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

                        https://americanliterature.com/autho...within-a-dream
                        Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                        Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                        “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                        • Fred O'Malley
                          I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                          • Apr 2013
                          • 173582

                          #27
                          Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                          My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

                          https://americanliterature.com/autho.../my-lost-youth
                          Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                          Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                          “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                          • Fred O'Malley
                            I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                            • Apr 2013
                            • 173582

                            #28
                            Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                            The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

                            https://americanliterature.com/autho...-light-brigade
                            Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                            Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                            “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                            • Fred O'Malley
                              I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                              • Apr 2013
                              • 173582

                              #29
                              Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                              Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

                              https://americanliterature.com/autho...-snowy-evening
                              Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                              Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                              “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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                              • Fred O'Malley
                                I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
                                • Apr 2013
                                • 173582

                                #30
                                Re: Poetry by Robert Frost & Friends

                                A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever by John Keats

                                https://americanliterature.com/autho...-a-joy-forever
                                Government is a DISEASE - FREEDOM is the CURE
                                Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.
                                “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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