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The Very Best of the Voices in My Head: The 5th and Final Side

1. “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.”
-T.E. Lawrence

2. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
~ T. S. Eliot

3. “Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”
-John Cleese⁠

4. “A word after a word after a word is power.”
— Margaret Atwood

5. “I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.”
~Zora Neale Hurston

6. “Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off. A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.”
―Joseph Conrad 

7. “I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know”
—Rainer Maria Rilke,  from “I Am Too Much Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone”

8. “Whatever the source of your name, I kiss you in that place.”
-Clark Coolidge, Letters

9. “I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
— Gustave Flaubert

























































































(In Spite of) The Evil That Men Do [revision]

On a mote of dusk, suspended on
Sunbeams, was something
Foreseen, like a recurring dream
Waking me          from fits of sleep
To news of innocents
Made victims of the darkness
That plagues us, with the light
In their eyes     plucked by villains
Broken inside
With no regard for the strings of life
Trying to blight
Everything in sight of broad daylight.

But, in spite of the evil that men do –

It is in the light
Of these innocent souls
Saved by the burning spirit
In the sky, that the shadow of their
Lives is made whole,  grown
Out of Earthen echoes
Of the cosmos, aligning their
Footprints with healing rays that sing
Reflections of a golden dream:
Out of myriad
Hues casts one light of the world.

©2019 MDSHall

We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt7

The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 4


1. “A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world…”
~ Alice Walker

2. “If you are what you do, and not what you say you are, then the definition of what “American” would mean would be very different. Right now, gun regulation is not something that we’re very serious about, so we allow people to go and shoot up our schools. That’s American. If you look at what’s going on at our border right now—the handling of people who are seeking asylum in the country—that’s American. If you look at what happened with slavery: That’s American. You know, African Americans—what a beautiful, forgiving culture we are. And we are still gunned down. That is American. But we turn a blind eye to these things as Americans…(later) I wish the synonym for American was humane. It’s not currently.”
– Pharrell, GQ

3. “Not this man,’ said Simple. ‘I would have stayed in that garden making grape wine, singing like Crosby, and feeling fine! I would not be scuffling out in this rough world, neither would I be in Harlem. If I was Adam I would just stay in Eden in that garden with no rent to pay, no landladies to dodge, no time clock to punch — and my picture on a Sunday school card. I’d be a real gone guy even if I didn’t have but one name — Adam — and no initials.”
-from “Simple Speaks His Mind”,  Langston Hughes

4. “Song For A Dark Girl” by Langston Hughes

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Bruised body high in air)
I asked the white Lord Jesus
What was the use of prayer.

Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
Love is a naked shadow
On a gnarled and naked tree.

5. “For the people that paid their hard earned money to come into the disco techs, I don’t think it is totally fair, really, to just start a record from the beginning and wait for it to end to mix the next one in. I mean, you’re not doing no work. If you are going to do work, do work.”   -Grand Master Flash (1983)

6. Leaves dance on that
Unmarked grave
Where we all end up

Though we never
Hear the song,
We do feel the wind

-mallory rowe

7. “If your goal is to live a good life, submit your reality to the blunt truths of ethics.”
-Stephen C.  Rose

8. “Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.”
~ Annette Messanger