Once I set traps,
but they’re far too clever,
keeping just out of reach of my pen.
And if I had caught them
where would I dare let them go?
Not on a genteel suburban street,
these wild and jealous shadows.
So I shut up the ceiling for good.
Now we will never escape.
FRIENDLY STREET POETS
foto – raleigh water park and international raceway 2010 april
If man were relieved of all superstition, and all prejudice, and had replaced these with a keen sensitivity to his real environment, and moreover had achieved a level of communication so simplified that one syllable could express his every thought, then he would have achieved the level of intelligence already achieved by his dog.
Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
foto – Charlie in Armidale 2009
"I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up."
FOTO –citrus tree in Coldstream Street. 2009.
Chinese. True gold fears not the fire.
POORLY sits, richly warms.
Spoken when people sit on a low stool by the fire. Kelly.
The poor seat makes the rich warming. Gaelic.
The lowest seat is nearest the fire. Irish.
Lowly sit, richly warm.
The Cyclopædia of Practical Quotations: English and Latin, with an Appendix Containing Proverbs …" 1882.
Origin of Yew Trees being planted in Church Yards. Before the invention of gunpowder, and use of fire-arms, every parish in England was obliged to have yew trees in their church yards, the branches of which were made into bows for the use of the archers ; and to this it is owing that in many of those places we find yew trees still growing ; al- though the use of shooting with bows has long been discontinued in the armies of Europe.
"Curious Antiquities, Or, The Etymology of Many Remarkable Old Sayings, Proverbs, and Singular …"
A DILIGENT SEARCH FOR WISDOM
Seeking and searching with the same fervour as seeking for silver
and other hidden treasures.
FOTO - SEARCHING IN AUCHENFLOWER.
But my daughter… said, “Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there is always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
Audre Lorde in Sister Outsider
FOTO –FOR ZARA HABLETHWAITE. A FRAME AT THE END OF URUNGA. WITH BARINA.
To wish to act like angels while we are still in this world is nothing but folly.
Saint Theresa of Avila
Keep him at least three paces distant who hates bread, music and the laugh of a child. Lavater
PROVERBS ON BAKING AND BREAD
But stark within my memory
I see it once again
When we all looked at it anxiously
Days when we hoped for rain;
I hear the hollow sounds it made,
Like some prophetic drum,
As I tapped rung on rung, afraid
Of dreadful days to come,
Our Corrugated Iron Tank by James Hackston
FOTO – 2/3 PIONEER IN WESTERN DESERT WWII
A miser sold all that he had and bought a lump of gold, which he buried in a hole in the ground by the side of an old wall and went to look at daily. One of his workmen observed his frequent visits to the spot and decided to watch his movements. He soon discovered the secret of the hidden treasure, and digging down, came to the lump of gold, and stole it. The Miser, on his next visit, found the hole empty and began to tear his hair and to make loud lamentations. A neighbour, seeing him overcome with grief and learning the cause, said, Pray do not grieve so; but go and take a stone, and place it in the hole, and fancy that the gold is still lying there. It will do you quite the same service; for when the gold was there, you had it not, as you did not make the slightest use of it. Aesop
Hard heads in Hardeston,
Quakers in the Pow ;
The braw lasses d Abdie
Canna spin their ain tow"
A CENTURY OF SCOTTISH PROVERBS AND SAYINGS,
IN PROSE AND RHYME, CURRENT IN FIFE AND CHIEFLY OF
COLLECTED AND SELECTED BY G: MACKAY,
Sheriff of the Counties of Fife and Kinross.
FOTO - MT TAMBORINE SPINNER 2008
“I’ll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal.”
FOTO – ONE OF MICHAEL’S CURRIES AT JAMIESON’S RESTAURANT TWEED HEADS WEST 2007.
Nemo omnia scire potest.
(Varro, De Re Rustica, 2.1.2)
No one is able to know everything.
FOTO – UQ 2007
The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. Felix Adler
FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2007
The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling, really. Paula Poundstone
FOTO – COOLANGATTA CATHOLIC CHURCH
I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes she gets all the worries and only half the royalties.
Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)
“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3