"Autobiographies of great nations are written in three manuscripts – a book of deeds, a book of words, and a book of art.
Of the three, I would choose the latter as truest testimony." - Sir Kenneth Smith, Great Civilisations

"I must write each day without fail, not so much for the success of the work, as in order not to get out of my routine." - Leo Tolstoy

I have never believed that one should wait until one is inspired because I think the pleasures of not writing are so
great that if you ever start indulging them you will never write again. - John Updike

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour
is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Friday, August 1, 2014

R.E. Slater - Twenty-Three (a poem)


Tennessee & Harley  [photo by EEB Slater]

Twenty-Three
by R.E. Slater


Twenty-three is an age
            where all things are possible –
            when youth’s vigor is strong and clear –
            when love is never met by a why or a what

But by a who and a wish to find a mindedness
            patient and true –
            vast and deep –
            completing and complete –

Even so, is youth’s infinities numbered in its
            sonnets and verse –
            resplendence in love –
            grace and good hope –

May peace, love, and happiness be ever yours –


- R.E. Slater
July 26, 2014
*To my daughter on her first bridal shower

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