Set 7: Being tall

54.
the old require the round table,
for they have something to say;
but the young, they require the bed
its pleasure, and more—its pain

53.
oral tradition keeps the mother close by
while books are orphans searching for them

52.
dreams live in everlasting gladness
and dreamers hang on by the thread

51.
the feats of great men and women
form a residue of angst
cooked in our kitchens

50.
tyrants are poor students
ever choosing the wrong side of history

49.
infinity doesn’t breed

48.
Jacob wrestles with no lord or angel
but a little bird
with little bird wings

47.
eyes announce the soul
and die when they close

46.
to write well, remember to live

45.
and on the 7th day, we edited!

44.
no sarcasm, no sentimentality—patience!
begets humor and sense

43.
he who gains by the windfall
secures a free fall

42.
America traded all 9 muses for convenience
and migrant labor for the lot of its poets

41.
the only thing I’ve found that completes a man
is conversation

40.
all learning is in the doing

39.
a vision after Dionysian troupe—
that’s not truth, that’s youth!

38.
Gods do not demand achievement

37.
to fail and fail again
and somehow not tire at playing the game

36.
young artist: don’t worry
the muse doesn’t kill without higher intentions

35.
dreams pretend to carry us about
while age catches up
and determines the route

34.
he who loves his life loses it

33.
sleep’s the god of lazy people

32.
love without loss is wealth without friends

31.
do not rush, do not wait—
somewhere tween be—awake

30.
hone it hone it
hone it—
sometimes there is no harvest!

29.
be prepared—
soon there’ll be no need for you

28.
what begins in delight
ends in wisdom

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