Monday, February 17, 2014

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night,
But Ah! my friends, 
And Ah! my foes,
It sheds a lovely light.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

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8 comments:

  1. I'm always burning the candle at both ends! In fact, I did a bit of that both yesterday and today.

    We read this poem when I was in high school. For some inexplicable reason, our teacher, an elderly professor from The Netherlands, hated that bit of verse. I don't recall why, but I knew that he was waaaay off base in his understanding of life -- never mind all the living experience that he had at the time.

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  3. Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
    Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!


    2nd fig

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  4. ...and now, perhaps, a thistle?

    Midnight Oil

    CUT if you will, with Sleep's dull knife,
    Each day to half its length, my friend,--
    The years that Time takes off my life,
    He'll take from the other end!

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  5. I tend to stay away from flames altogether. I much prefer the soft glow of incandescent light. Much safer.

    Andie

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  6. Dorothy Parket penned a wicked satire of Millay's famous verse:


    My candle burns at both its ends,
    And now I've neither foes nor friends.
    For hours wasted and misbegotten
    I'm all worn out, and feeling rotten.


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  7. My body burns at both ends
    My breath and farts cause fright
    Though I feel woe
    Folks love the show
    As I light up each night.

    Felicia Lampost

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