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07 January 2009 @ 11:31 am
Tao of the Day  
The tears gathered more thickly in his eyes and in the partial darkness he imagined he saw the form of a young man standing under a dripping tree. Other forms were near. His soul had approached that region where dwell the vast hosts of the dead. He was conscious of, but could not apprehend, their wayward and flickering existence. His own identity was fading out into a grey impalpable world: the solid world itself, which these dead had one time reared and lived in, was dissolving and dwindling.
- James Joyce, The Dead

This world is dying now; there is no more --
A dawn will come more hopeless than the night.
Our rhymes are run, our hopes no longer soar,
We bow beneath a barren beauty's blight.

The ashes of our altar fires are cold,
And prophets wail the times they cannot mend --
Facing the future with hearts grown old
We only know . . . a world can end.

- Louis L'Amour, the closing words of his poem "Decadence"
(my second-to-favourite poem ever)

Don't wanna wait 'til tomorrow
Why put it off another day?
One by one, little problems
Build up, and stand in our way. Oh

One step ahead, one step behind it
Now ya gotta run to get even
Make future plans I'll dream about yesterday, hey!
Come on turn, turn this thing around

(Right now) Hey! It's your tomorrow
(Right now) Come on, it's everything
(Right now) Catch your magic moment
Do it right here and now
It means everything

- "Right Now", Van Halen
Satan's Tilt-A-Whirlsavannarama on January 7th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
"Right Now" is one of my running songs. :) It's very encouraging.
Mistress Vermilionms_vermilion on January 7th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Off-topic, but thank you for saying such a nice thing to me last night. I didn't react very gracefully, I'm afraid. Sorry.
Kburgunder on January 8th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)

And no apologies. Once upon a time, I did the verbal version of kicking people in the shins whenever anyone said anything nice about me. You weren't ungraceful, but even if you were, I have oh so very much karma to pay in this department.