The Consolations of Poetry

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The Consolations of Poetry

Postby Marvell » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:52 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.


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Postby christopher_robin » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:18 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.


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 2:40 pm

Gifts of one who loved me, â€â€

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Postby snoqueen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:51 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 3:28 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 3:41 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 3:42 pm

"Rocket Man," swear to God.

Sorry, man. Sucks hard.

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