May 4, 2009

The End of the Day

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charm and inspire your busy day.



--Description: 19th C, Baudelaire C., Night, Sleep--

In all its raucous impudence
Life writhes, cavorts in pallid light,
With little cause or consequence;
And when, with darkling skies, the night

Casts over all its sensuous balm,
Quells hunger's pangs and, in like wise,
Quells shame beneath its pall of calm,
"Aha, at last!" the Poet sighs.

"My mind, my bones, yearn, clamoring
For sweet repose unburdening.
Heart full of dire, funeral thought,

I will lie out; your folds will cling
About me: veils of shadow wrought,
O darkness, cool and comforting!"


Charles Baudelaire

--Did You Know: Baudelaire wrote on a wide range of subjects, drawing criticism and outrage from many quarters. An example is,
"Unable to suppress love, the Church wanted at least to disinfect it, and it created marriage."

--Word of the Day: parlous \PAR-luhs\ , adjective
Meaning: Attended with peril; fraught with danger; hazardous.
Example: It was a parlous time on the Continent, when Communists and fascists vied brutally for supremacy.
(Howard Simons, "Shots Seen Round the World", New York Times, September 22, 1985)

--Quote of the Day: Not to believe in love is a great sign of dullness. There are some people so indirect and lumbering that they think all real affection must rest on circumstantial evidence.
(George Santayana)

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