June 3rd, 2004

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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You have only to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
  • Current Music
    seagulls and wind
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This is only a test...

This should be cool... but I will probably decide that ultimately it is annoying... Which is not necessarily a bad thing, since I enjoy being annoying at times.... I wonder if there is any length restriction to this effect.
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    experimental
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truly evil

Does anyone know how many characters can be used with the MARQUEE tag?
Apparently 50 is OK, but 255,000 is too many.
  • Current Mood
    devious plotting