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One single line of poetry....

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Clawdy Fri 26-Jun-15 15:26:19

that stays with you? Not necessarily your favourite poem but sometimes just one line....for me it's " What will survive of us is love " from the Philip Larkin poem.

shouldnthavesaid Fri 26-Jun-15 15:32:20

'What a thrill, my thumb instead of an onion.'

Cut, Sylvia Plath

Caught my breath the first time I read it as it was the first time I found someone who's mind was so confused that they found a perverse enjoyment in hurting themselves, someone who might even do it deliberately as opposed to accidentally. Someone who was like myself, at the time. I owe a lot to that woman, her poetry and writing was a bit of a lifeline at times as I felt less strange.

GoodGriefTheComediansABear Fri 26-Jun-15 15:32:24

"A four foot box, a foot for every year."

Upsetting but unforgettable (the box is coffin). Seamus Heaney Mid-Term Break

something2say Fri 26-Jun-15 15:33:32

Your children are not your children, but the children of life's longing for life..

SevTSnape Fri 26-Jun-15 15:38:16

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Ledare Fri 26-Jun-15 15:43:25

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep.

Three lines, one sentence smile

elderflowerlemonade Fri 26-Jun-15 15:44:34

That everything would go back as it was.

sausagechops101 Fri 26-Jun-15 15:47:46

An earthquake tremor: fountain, birds and grass
Were shaken by my thinking of your name.

PollyCazaletWannabe Fri 26-Jun-15 15:50:40

This is the way the world ends:
Not with a bang, but a whimper.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 26-Jun-15 15:50:49

I have measured out my life in coffee spoons - Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot.

confusedandemployed Fri 26-Jun-15 15:52:54

'Rage; rage against the dying of the light'

Sums up exactly how I feel about the end of life.

EatMeSeymour Fri 26-Jun-15 15:54:51

I wish I were two little dogs so I could play together.

Sums up my childhood perfectly.

ender Fri 26-Jun-15 15:55:09

"to cease upon the midnight with no pain...." from Ode to a Nightingale.

Such a comforting description of death.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 26-Jun-15 15:55:23

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage...

Richard Lovelace.

StaircaseAtTheUniversity Fri 26-Jun-15 15:56:38

Will it come like a change in the weather?
Will its greeting be courteous or rough?
Will it alter my life altogether?
O tell me the truth about love.

Tell Me the Truth About Love, WH Auden.

Charitygirl1 Fri 26-Jun-15 15:57:38

Woman much missed/how you call to me, call to me

Thomas Hardy

MehsMum Fri 26-Jun-15 15:58:59

World's strand, sway of the sea
Gerard Manley Hopkins in 'Wreck of the Deustchland'


I caught this morning morning's minion, kingdom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn falcon
In his riding of the rolling level
(also Hopkins; I've parsed it wrongly but you'll get the drift)

FernGullysWoollyPully Fri 26-Jun-15 15:59:06

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

FuckYouChrisAndThatHorse Fri 26-Jun-15 16:00:22

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Windhover:-

I caught this morning morning’s minion

FuckYouChrisAndThatHorse Fri 26-Jun-15 16:01:00

Xpost with Mehsmum grin

AllThePrettySeahorses Fri 26-Jun-15 16:01:49

If you ask me,
I would have to say
all the world's magic
comes directly from the mouth

Jane Yolen

ZeroFunDame Fri 26-Jun-15 16:04:35

"My tribe is the Asra
Who die when they love"

Heine. Der Asra.

PenguindreamsofDraco Fri 26-Jun-15 16:05:38

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

Invictus, WE Henley

liquidrevolution Fri 26-Jun-15 16:06:03

'Time does not bring relief, you all have lied'

Edna St Vincent Millay

SandStorm Fri 26-Jun-15 16:06:18

These are the ghosts of the unwilling dead

From Ghosts, Fire, Water by James Kirkup

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