Down among the green bushes I wander away
And leave the dull crowds and the City behind.
~ John Clare
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
~ Bob Dylan
Photo: Bob Dylan reading a copy of US News and World Report in 1962
They had on mantles with the hoods low down
Before their eyes, and fashioned of the cut
That in Cologne they for the monks are made.
Without, they gilded are so that it dazzles;
But inwardly all leaden and so heavy.
~ Dante Alighieri
Engraving: The Hypocrites by Gustave Doré - Illustrating Canto XXIII of Dante's Inferno
Oh heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns!
For whole centuries of folly, noise and sin!
Shut them in,
With their triumphs and their glories and the rest!
Love is best.
~ Robert Browning
Photo: Newly-wed Syrian couple have their wedding pictures taken amid the ruins in the war ravaged city of Homs on 5 February 2016.
Poor, deluded Shawondasee!
'T was no woman that you gazed at,
'T was no maiden that you sighed for,
'T was the prairie dandelion
That through all the dreamy Summer
You had gazed at with such longing,
You had sighed for with such passion,
And had puffed away forever,
Blown into the air with sighing.
Ah! deluded Shawondasee!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you have one teapot
And can brew your tea in it
That will do quite well.
How much does he lack himself
Who must have a lot of things?
~ Sen no Rikyū
Painting: Teapot with Cherry or Plum Blossoms (ca. 1750-1850) - Japanese Art Collection - Library of Congress