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Thanks Kim. That reminds me of the old story of a father telling his young son to get rid of their cat but when he came home the cat was still there.

 

"I thought I told you to get rid of that cat" he asked his son.

 

" I did dad" was his reply.

 

"Well than why is he still here"?

 

"I took him clear across town over the rail road tracks and down by the city dump but if I hadnt have followed him back home I would still be lost" :D

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Carl Sandburg

 

Fog

 

                    The fog comes

                    on little cat feet.

 

                    It sits looking

                    over harbor and city

                    on silent haunches

                    and then moves on.

 

 

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Carl Sandburg

 

Fog

 

                    The fog comes

                    on little cat feet.

 

                    It sits looking

                    over harbor and city

                    on silent haunches

                    and then moves on.

 

 

 

 

Probably one of my all-time favorites! 

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To martyr yourself to a caution

Is not going to help at all

Because there'll be no safety in numbers

When the Right One walks out of the door

 

Can you see your days blighted by darkness?

Is it true you beat your fists on the floor?

Stuck in a world of isolation

While the ivy grows over the door

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The way that you wander is the way that you chose

 

The day that you tarry is a day that you lose

 

Sun shine or thunder a man will always wonder-

 

Where the fair winds blow.

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When I left my home and my family

I was no more than a boy

In the company of strangers

In the quiet of the railway station running scared

Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters

Where the ragged people go

Looking for the places only they would know

 

The Boxer Simon and Garfunkle

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John Clare

 

I long for scenes where man has never trod;

A place where woman never smil'd or wept;

There to abide with my creator, God,

And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept:

Untroubling and untroubled where I lie;

The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

 

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Canto III - Louis MacNeice

 

But may I cure that habit,

Look up and outwards

And may my feet follow my wider glance

First no doubt to stumble, then to walk with the others

And in the end - with time and luck - to dance.

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After spending his last few days being tortured to death on the cross Ill bet Jesus isnt a big fan of water boarding.

 

Strange how the champions of torture call them selves friends of Jesus.  :/

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When I left my home and my family

I was no more than a boy

In the company of strangers

In the quiet of the railway station running scared

Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters

Where the ragged people go

Looking for the places only they would know

 

The Boxer Simon and Garfunkle

 

Good quote. My favorite one from S&G is a bit more risque for the era;

 

Asking only workman's wages

I come looking for a job

But I get no offers,

Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue

I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome

I took some comfort there

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60s and 70s music. All they had going for them was talent. I know it doesnt compare with rap music about killing cops but some day and old couple will hear an old rap song about slappin some b itch and say "Listen honey their playin our song".  :nono:

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"Woodman, spare that tree!

 

Touch not a single bough!

 

In youth it sheltered me,

 

And I'll protect it now."

 

General George P. Morris

 

 

 

 

 

                           

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I don't think I've posted this here:

 

"To the Wayfarer-

Ye who pass by and would raise your hand against me

Harken ere you harm me!

I am the heat of your hearth on cold winter nights,

The friendly shade screening you from the summer sun

My fruits are refreshing draughts,

Quenching your thirst as you journey on,

I am the beam that holds your house,

The board of your table,

The bed on which you lie,

And the timber that builds your boat,

I am the handle of your hoe,

The door of your homestead,

The wood of your cradle,

And the shell of your coffin.

I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.

Ye who pass by, listen to my prayer; harm me not."

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Camping and Woodcraft - Horace Kephart

 

"From the autumn of 1904 to the winter of 1906 I lived, most of the time, alone in a little cabin on the Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounded by one of the finest primeval forests in the world.  My few neighbors were born backwoodsmen.  Most of them dwelt in log cabins  of one or two rooms, roofed with clapboards riven with a froe, and heated by hardwood logs in wide stone fireplaces.  Many had no cooking-stoves, but baked on the hearth and fried their meat over the embers.

 

Nearly every man in the settlement was a skilled axeman and a crack shot.  Some of them still used home-made muzzle-loading rifles with barrels over four feet long.  Some of the women still worked at home-made spinning-wheels and looms.  Coonskins and ginseng passed as currency at the little wayside stores.  Our manner of life was not essentially changed from that of the old colonial frontier."

 

~~~

 

"The first time I was lost, I was rattled and shook all over.  Something seemed to tell me that camp lay in a certain direction, and I felt the same impulse to rush madly toward it that one feels to dash for the door when there is a cry of "fire!" in a theater.  But I did remember what old Barnes had told me: 'If you get lost, SIT DOWN!--sit down and give yourself half an hour to think it over.'  I sat down, and for five minutes could not think of anything, except cold, and rain, and hunger.  Then I got to drawing diagrams on the ground.  Making no headway at this, I began considering how to pass the night if I remained just where I was .

 

This cleared my mind, robbed the woods of their spooks, and presently I was myself again.  Then the actual situation flashed upon me.  I saw just how I had got into this scrape, and knew that if I made a circuit of 200 yard radius I would strike the trail.  Before this, it had seemed at least two miles away.  Will I found it, all right.  Had I listened to the demon of flight, in the first place, I would have plunged into one of the worst canebrakes in all Arkansas, and might have struggled there till I died--all within a mile and a half of my own camp."

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If a sportsman true you’d be

Listen carefully to me. . .

 

Never, never let your gun

Pointed be at anyone.

That it may unloaded be

Matters not the least to me.

 

When a hedge or fence you cross

Though of time it cause a loss

From your gun the cartridge take

For the greater safety’s sake.

 

If twixt you and neighboring gun

Bird shall fly or beast may run

Let this maxim ere be thine

"Follow not across the line."

 

Stops and beaters oft unseen

Lurk behind some leafy screen.

Calm and steady always be

"Never shoot where you can’t see."

 

You may kill or you may miss

But at all times think this:

"All the pheasants ever bred

Won’t repay for one man dead."

 

 

Written by Mark Beaufoy of Coombe House, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, in 1902, on presenting his eldest son, Henry Mark, with his first gun.

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