All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten
- Name: Neil
- Location: North Carolina, United States
- Let’s Discuss Ethics
- Still, Almost- Three Versions
- (Un)Emotionally Involved: Taking the Heart out of ...
- Carpe Diem- No Better Choice
- Exercising Brevity, Part II
- Exercising Brevity, Part I
- Follow Me
- Revival with Crane
- Haiti Relief Effort
- Leach is Gone
- A Difficulty In Parenting
- Village Children
- Advice to the Stout
- Ou La Mort
- Omega is Lovely
- Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
- A Reflection on Conversing Mirrors
- Our Meadow
- Mr. and Mrs. Deering
- Loosely Laced
- The History of Dragons
- The Entertained
- What Became of Madame Adelai and the Child
- Garden Study of the Vickers Children
- Sonnet by a Lover
- Answering the Question
- A Day of Hunting
- The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs
- The Mice in Council
- Follow Me
- The Thieves and the Cock
- Still, Almost
- Smallness of a Snow Globe
- Ballet: The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet
- Dieu merci je ne sais pas français !
- Painting Songs
- Boston Overlooks
- Man, Education is a...
- Low and High- What *is* Art, Anyhow?
- The Homework Myth
- Rowerful Poar
- Poem Greater Than Jess'
- A Short Visit
- Too Many Facelifts
- Performance vs. Composition
- This Blog Receives a 7.3/10
- Carpe Diem- No Better Choice
- The Bus Driver Song
- Pandu's Season
- Honest Search for Truth
- Very Nice, Very Nice
- Jason Sanford
- From the Shores of Introspect and Retrospect
- The Shameless Lions Writing Circle
"Curiouser and curiouser!"
"Do you know who lived in the house across the street? That's the best of all, it was Poetry! This I say, and what I say is true! I have seen all and I know all!"
~The Shadow (fairy tale "The Shadow")
"I have nothing to say and I am saying it in poetry."
"In short, art must at least attempt to engage the reader intellectually, sensually, or in just fun ways. If not the American imagination will continue to be just a shovel full of stars tossed randomly to the immortal blacks, where its children will no longer gaze."
"How can we lose when we're so sincere?"
"We do not remember days; we remember moments."
"Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others."
~Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary)
"Love is the only rational act."
"Enjoy life; there's plenty of time to be dead."
~Hans Christian Andersen
"There are few things in the world as evanescent as a child's love."
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
"Far better to create one living line/Than learn a hundred sunk in fame's recline."
James Emanuel, "Sonnet For A Writer"
"All poets are mad."
"So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it."
"If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.
"I've always believed that a great children's tale is a great tale."
"If we really do want more educated people, we have to do a much better job of educating the educators."
"The more we study the more we discover our ignorance."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
"The child is the father of the man."
"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."
"When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become."
"If a caveman had read poetry like this, he'd have strangled himself to prevent the eventual development of language."
"When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less."
"Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break."
"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."
"I like the word "indolence." It makes my laziness seem classy."
"Not all things in this cosmos have, nor require opposites. Love is 1 of those things that springs up without antecedent or opposite. This may seem facile, but it’s true. Love simply exists."
"In order to act, you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking."
"To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic."
~Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine
"Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal."
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows."
"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."
"There are just too many people writing."
"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
"The impossible has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks."
~Douglas Noel Adams
"If I were a girl, I'd despair. The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them."
"Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day."
"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five."
"Little things affect little minds."
"Of all lies, art is the least untrue."
"Knowledge is power. Don’t waist it."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic."
"Longevity conquers scandal every time."
"Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist."
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
"If automobiles had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside."
~Robert X. Cringley
"Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."
"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."
"Love's very pain is sweet."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Children ask better questions than adults. ‘May I have a cookie?’ ‘Why is the sky blue?’ and ‘What does a cow say?’ are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than ‘Where's your manuscript?’ ‘Why haven't you called?’ and ‘Who's your lawyer?’"
"It's not bragging if you can back it up."
"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"PJZNT isn`t a word? SINCE WHEN?"
~Merlin the Tuna
"Stay a child while you can be a child."
~Stephen Sondheim, Into The Woods
"What we need now is some new, fresh clichés."
"He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty."
"You don't get to choose. You just fall."
"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."
"O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!"
"Can't repeat the past? ...Why of course you can!"
"Dare to be naive."
~R. Buckminster Fuller
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."
"Who cares about money?! This is ART, you blockhead! This is great music I'm playing, and playing great music is an art! Do you hear me? An art! Art! Art! Art! Art! Art!
"This is art, after all- & a good lie is far better than a dull truth."
"We're not laughing at you; we're laughing near you."
~John Keating (Dead Poet Society)
"It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place."
"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"
"You're not short- you're fun-sized!"
~Christine Kobza (speaking to me)
"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance- it is the illusion of knowledge."
~Daniel J. Boorstin
"A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know."
"Nothing you can't spell will ever work."
"Black holes are where God divided by zero."
"Spend everyday casual, but industrious; Every moment alert, but relaxed."
"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."
"Whether or not criticism is objective or subjective is not subjective; it's objective, and you're making it subjective. Jective."
"The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory."
"The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they'€™re still alive."
~Orlando A. Battista
Sunday, July 24, 2011