"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while,
then closes
Within a dream."        

 ~Ernest Dowson


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"You ask of my companions.  Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me.  They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell."

~Emily Dickinson


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"Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins."

~Thomas Fuller


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“What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins”
~Gene Fowler


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"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

~M. Teresa


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What my lips have kissed and where and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to at midnight with a cry.
Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before.
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay


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-- Martin Ogden, 2/2/10

I would like this photo more than other people would.
-- Martin Ogden, 2/2/10

Hey David, We met at your New York gig. Impressive! Gloria will be placing an order soon. Much respect.
-- William, 11/27/09



"All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood."



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"A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that is unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push."

~Ludwig W.


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"When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again."

Hugo Black


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“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.”
~Clementine Paddleford


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"For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever."

~Joan Vinge


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"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love
the questions themselves. Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer."
~Rainer Maria Rilke


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“Those who can soar to the highest heights can also plunge to the deepest depths, and the natures which enjoy most keenly are those which also suffer most sharply”

~Lucy Montgomery


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I knew i had read this recently, two trees.
-- Martin Ogden, 2/2/10



"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?"

~S. Levine


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"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk."

~William Shakespeare


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A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. 

~Lois Wyse


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I’d rather recollect a setting
Than own a rising sun
Though one is beautiful forgetting -
And true the other one

Because in going is a Drama
Staying cannot confer
To die divinely once a Twilight -
Than wane is easier -

Emily Dickinson


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I awoke this morning to being awarded my own dot com.  A heartfelt thank you to those near and dear who have made this possible with their generous love and support!
Soon, DavidLeeBlack.com will be unveiled with music, art and literature as it's essence. I intend on marrying this current site with the new one so your visits will be seamless.  Please feel free to leave any feedback or suggestions by contacting me at Davidcre8s@yahoo.com.


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Congratulations, these are wonderful news David! :)
-- I., 11/13/09



"The body says what words cannot."

~Martha Graham


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Away down the river,
A hundred miles or more,
Other little children
Shall bring my boats ashore.

R. L. Stevenson


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"O tender ones, now and again
stand in the waves of a foreign air
which parts upon your cheeks and then,
trembling, rejoins behind you there."



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"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and her horse."


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Silent friend of many distances, feel
how space dilates with each breath of yours.
Among the rafters of dark belfries peal
your own sweet tones. Your predators

will grow strong upon such fare.
Know transformation in its varied sign.
Which experience produces most despair?
If drinking offend, transform yourself to wine.

Be, in this immensity of night,
the magic force at your sense's crossroad;
the purpose of their mysterious plan.

And though you fade from earthly sight,
declare to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water say: I am.

~ Rilke


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"It is nothing to die; it is frightful not to live."

~Victor Hugo


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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.

~a midsummer nights dream


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