From David Graham -- 10 lines from poems or songs that stay with me across time.
I had to do two lists, because there are too many songs in my head crowding out almost everything else.
So I'll start with the poems.
Men at forty
learn to close slowly
the doors to rooms they
will not be coming back to.
-- Donald Justice
A terrible beauty is born.
-- W. B. Yeats
[Time] will pardon Paul Claudel
Pardon him for writing well.
-- W. H. Auden
She dwells with beauty, beauty that must die
-- John Keats
as if words were the burden
he’d been bearing, all his life.
-- Donald Finkel
Now you invent the boat of your flesh
-- Mark Strand
'Don't, don't, don't, don't,' she cried.
-- Robert Frost
Owls were bearing the farm away.
-- Dylan Thomas
Goodnight to the old lady whispering "hush."
-- Margaret Wise Brown
Sometimes a man stands up during supper
and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking,
because of a church that stands somewhere in the East.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
and ten lines from songs
Open up honey, it's your lover boy, me, that's knockin!
--Jerry Lee Lewis
She was with Big Jim, but she was leaning toward the Jack of Hearts.
-- Bob Dylan
Forever for Jennifer Johnson and me.
Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
-- Lennon - McCartney
Old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Yes, it's me, and I'm in love again.
He saw Aunt Mary coming and he ducked back in the alley.
I believe a change is gonna come.
Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer.
If dogs run free, why not me?