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The Old Pond
by Matsuo Basho

Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

- Basho


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Duino Elegies: The First Elegy
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
hierarchies? and even if one of them suddenly
pressed me against his heart, I would perish
in the embrace of his stronger existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
which we are barely able to endure and are awed
because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
Each single angel is terrifying.
And so I force myself, swallow and hold back
the surging call of my dark sobbing.

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Heaven
by Steve Turner

What happens in heaven?
Will I sit on a cloud?
Is walking or talking
Or jumping allowed?

Will I be on my own
Or with some of my friends?
Does it go on for ever
Or eventually end?


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Heart Song
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

I was a famous conductor, and performing beautiful music was my joy,
As diamond sunshine, to pervade darkness, finds any means to employ.

Music had long been a part of me, in that I sang long before conducting,
Like the famed adult bluebird choirs, lead the songs they are instructing.

My much loved work kept me busy. Still, I loved every precious moment,
As wild, crazy, summer colors dash afar, with no cries of encroachment.

But I had a personal favorite song, which I loved more than any other,

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In The Highlands
by Robert Louis Stevenson

IN the highlands, in the country places,
Where the old plain men have rosy faces,
   And the young fair maidens
   Quiet eyes;
Where essential silence cheers and blesses,
And for ever in the hill-recesses
   Her more lovely music
   Broods and dies--

O to mount again where erst I haunted;

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Heart Song
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

I was a famous conductor, and performing beautiful music was my joy,
As diamond sunshine, to pervade darkness, finds any means to employ.

Music had long been a part of me, in that I sang long before conducting,
Like the famed adult bluebird choirs, lead the songs they are instructing.

My much loved work kept me busy. Still, I loved every precious moment,
As wild, crazy, summer colors dash afar, with no cries of encroachment.

But I had a personal favorite song, which I loved more than any other,

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Sweet Little Bird
by Fathima Shihabudeen

The static inside my head,
Will it ever stop?
What I wouldn’t give,
To hear your melody,
You sweet little bird.

Through the walls,
And the curtains,
Your merry music,
Greets me in the morn,

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Deluge of Despair
by Mr EE

The beautiful melody of her words
Slowly drift away while I’m lost at sea.
Sailing alone, surrounded by silence,
But even that, in time, departs from me.

Dark whispers slowly creep into my mind,
Whispers that transform into a chorus
Singing a sweet symphony of sadness,
About what could and should have been, for us.


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Four stringed fondness
by Dorothy Eleanor

His body against mine,
A touch tender and sweet
I elicit intimate sounds
To match out tapping feet
A dance made for just two,
Intimately executed in a graceful bliss
This perfection mastered by few
A sight simply hard to resist
As saccharine sounds fill the air
And sentimental memories flood the mind

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Walking the cat
by Dorothy Eleanor

Dragged through the brink of extinction to a new introduction
Handed four familiar strings and shown how to walk an old path in a new way
One forged by the greatest greats to ever grace the earth:
Mingus, Spaulding, Mitchell
A pilot light was sparked with passion.
You’ve brought life to my heart and a fascination undying for the art known as jazz
and for that I am endlessly grateful.

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