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The Consolations of Poetry

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The Consolations of Poetry

Postby Marvell » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:52 pm

I got dumped on New Year's Eve.

Just as an FYI - I don't recommend that you try this at home.

I sort of assumed that, at age 40, this kind of shit would get easier. Turns out that was just another thing I was wrong about.

But it does give me a chance to dust off this classic by Emily Dickinson:

After great pain a formal feeling comes--
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions--was it He that bore?
And yesterday--or centuries before?

The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
Regardless grown,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.

This is the hour of lead,
Remembered (if outlived)
As freezing persons recollect the snow--

First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.


QFT, ED.
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Postby christopher_robin » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:18 pm

Love what art thou? Light and fair
Fresh as morning, clear as th’ air.
But too soon thy evening change
Makes thy worth with coldness range.

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Sorry to hear it, man. There is no pain quite like the pain you are feeling.
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Postby Bwis53 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:40 pm

Gifts of one who loved me, â€â€
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Postby snoqueen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:51 pm

--Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.-- Alexander Pope

I can't in 60 years remember a New Years when anything good happened. It's not an auspicious night.

Just carry on.
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Postby supaunknown » Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:28 pm

Dumped on New Year's Eve? Damn.

I always thought the worst part of getting dumped was the hardening of the heart that follows, lessening one's ability to trust again.

But I also don't think a person can reach maturity until they've been through being dumped hard. I wouldn't wish that pain onto anyone more than once in a lifetime though. Well, maybe a few select weasels ...

I once dumped a girl the day after Valentine's Day. That was rough. She'd made efforts towards cooking a nice meal the night before and also tried to get sexified but I spurned her advances because I already knew we were fuckin' through. I couldn't bring myself to be the guy who would break up with her on THE day. In hindsight I wish I would've done it well in advance of Valentine's Day but it kinda snuck up on me. Timing is everything.

Gosh, I'm sorry.
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Postby magic moose » Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:41 pm

My personal fave in hard times from Longfellow "Light of Stars" -

The star of the unconquered will,
He rises in my breast,
Serene, and resolute, and still,
And calm, and self-possessed.

And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art,
That readest this brief psalm,
As one by one thy hopes depart,
Be resolute and calm.

O fear not in a world like this,
And thou shalt know erelong,
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:42 pm

"Rocket Man," swear to God.

Sorry, man. Sucks hard.
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