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Today is Favorite Line/Verse Day! by Hawkeye Pete Egan B.
 

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  • My wife has a calendar bookmarked with special days, I.e., "National Waffle Day", "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" (Arggghh! - wait, that's 9/19), etc. There is a special day every single day on the calendar. This makes sense - everyday is a special day, if you decide that it's going to be.

    Anyway, I digress. I was just thinking about great lines and verses, ones that have stood the test of time, lines and verses that have really resonated with me. Could be poetry, song lyrics, prose, just a line and/or verse that stays with you, and stands the test of time.

    Understanding that there may already be such a "special day", but in the event there is not, I would like to officially, hereby declare, with all of the power and authority vested in me by... no one other than my own damn self, May 4th to be "International Cowbirders' Great Line/Verse" day! And, so it is.

    Since we are an international body here, as long as it is May 4th somewhere in the world, it still counts. In fact, don't even worry about the date - great lines and verses are timeless, after all, so if you read this after the 4th, go ahead and sprout it with your favorite lines, anyway. After all, rules were made to be broken, were they not?

    They don't have to be your own lines, but that's a bonus if they are. Just lines that you've loved and that have resonated with you down through the years. There is no limit to how many lines you can list.

    Go ahead - let your "Great Lines/Verses Freak Flag" fly, cowbirders! I want to hear your favorite lines and verses. Here are some of mine:

    "Great castles now ruins, alone by the sea, I gaze at the Moon asking "What will I be?, I felt love so strong, and compassion so true, Dear God what's so wrong with saying "I love you"... (Pete Bridgeman)

    "Loneliness cries deep from my soul" (1st line of an early poem I wrote, that my little sister then borrowed as the first line of her first poem, which completely blew me away - her verse from this line)
    "Loneliness Cries Deep From My Soul, Longing to remove the mask of a fool, always open and up in the air, breezing by the whispering trees, shattered by the stare"

    "Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays, Roy Orbison singing for the lonely, hey that's me and I want you only, Don't turn me home again I just can't face myself alone again" (the Boss - Bruce Springsteen - from "Thunder Road")

    "Tin Soldiers and Nixon coming, we're finally on our own, this summer I hear the drumming, 4 dead in Ohio" (Neil Young, "Ohio")

    "Someone is gonna take my heart, no one is gonna break my heart again" (Graham Nash, "I Used to Be a King")

    "Sculptured thoughts form, blunt edges chiseled fine, In the Waking Hours of Morn, there are no other sounds" (me, from "Thought/Rivers")

    "Well the first days are the hardest days, don't you worry anymore, 'cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door" (Robert Hunter - "Uncle John's Band")

    "Who Is John Galt?" - first line of Ayn Rand's epic tale, "Atlas Shrugged"

    "Wake up in the morning to yourself open your eyes and look around you, Listen we think we have found you" - Justin Heyward, "Dawning Is The Day"

    "There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear" - Stephen Stills, "For What It's Worth"

    "Some look at things as they are, and ask "Why?" I dream things that never were, and ask "Why Not?". - Robert Kennedy

    "A Sailor's Long Journey 'pon the sea finally over, sailing into calmer waters, a peaceful harbour, He furls his sails and gives thanks...that he's made it, alive!" (me, from Eyes/Sailboats)
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