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Thoughts Worth Thinking

"For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Proverbs 2 3:7

"What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects. What is life but what a man is thinking of all day? This is his fate and his employer. Knowing is the measure of the man. By how much we know, so we are."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The mind is the man, and knowledge mind; a man is but what he knoweth."
Francis Bacon

The Power of Thought
"man's greatness lies in the power of thought"

Nobel Prize: William Faulkner and Our Future
"I decline to accept the end of man."

Falling in Love
a single Soul and two Bodies

The Human Search for the Elusive Truth
"Truth is a shining goddess..."

"The Nakedness of Woman is the Work of God"
my Philosophy on woman

Censorship and Book Burning
Ideas won't go to jail

"Fahrenheit 451" and Political Correctness
Censorship in the Age of Multiculturalism

The Garden of Love
"...binding with briars, my joys & desires."

Love and Immortality
In memory, love lasts forever.

Nobel Prize: John Steinbeck and Humanity
"Literature is as old as speech"

Unending Love
"In life after life, in age after age, forever."

We Have Only One Story
"The never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil..."

Dead Poet's Society
"the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse..."

The Closing of the American Mind
Commencement Address at the College of William and Mary

We The Poets
"...the sickest and the lowest of the breed."

e. e. cummings
"may i feel said he"

The Tired March of Weeping Humanity
"...the invisible music of our ancestors singing to us from far away..."

Lord Byron to the Countess Guiccioli
" destiny rests with you..."

Ode to Melancholy
"NO, no, go not to Lethe..."

The Suicide of Baxter Slate
"What is it, Catullus? Why do you not make haste to die?"

The Amateur Spirit
skeptics and agnostics and fanatics and ideologues

To His Mistress Going to Bed Naked
"What needst thou have more covering than a man?"

Lady Chatterley's Lover
"The regenerative power of sexual love."

"When he pressed his lips to my mouth..."

Human History
the collective story of our degenerate race

Crash Davis and What he Believes
"...and slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."

Reading Classics
The natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society.

No Hay Más Gloria Que Amor
"Cantan las aves de flor en flor..."

Amapola del Camino
"¿te quieres casar conmigo?"

Cultivo una Rosa Blanca
"Para el amigo sincero que me da su mano franca..."

The small step between fanaticism and barbarism

wild justice and infortunate persons

"Peace, if it Ever Will Be..."
States of Mind and Acts of War

American Fanatacism
witch hunts and special prosecutors

The Brotherhood

The Ends Justify the Means
Is it moral to take the life of another...?

One pursuit, one aim - merciless destruction

The Information Age
"Where is the Knowledge we have lost in information?"

A. Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby
" weak and fruitless must be any word of mine..."

B. Franklin on Older Mistresses
" the Dark all Cats are grey..."

John Steinbeck to Beginning Writers
"Dear Writer: ...."

how to be a great writer
"...just drink more beer."

In My Craft or Sullen Art
"...the lovers lie abed with all their griefs in their arms."

James Joyce in Dublin
" body like a harp and her running upon the wires."

How to Get a Baby
"Go to the sea the morning after a rainstorm..."

This is the Female Form Divine
"It attracts with fierce undeniable attraction"

A Drinking Song
"Love comes in at the eye..."

To an Old Lover Aroused Last Night...
"...please go to the floor-length mirror hanging on your wall and..."

The Scarlet Letter
Adultery and Sin; Love and Redemption

the greatest poetry ever written

America and Immigrants
"...we are all descendants of revolutionaries and immigrants..."

The Gettysburg Address
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers..."

Honesty in a Dishonest Age
Calling it Like You See It: The Great Edward Abbey

The Peace of Wild Things
"...I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

"No beast is more savage than man....."
Man the animal in the atomic age

"Those to Whom Evil is Done..."
Thus from the very dawn of mankind

The Middle-Class: Neither Desperately Poor, nor Filthy Rich
"...those who make the state secure and uphold the laws."

"Be Kind to Yourself"
To thine own self be GENTLE!

The Brilliance of Montesquieu
Co-Founder of the American Constitution

Immanuel Kant
"The moral law within me."

Oliver North, the Press, and Iran-Contra
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant."

The Glories of Our Blood and State
"Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom..."

My Father: A Legacy
Better pleased to make one than be the death of twenty

Parents and Children
Slave, Master, Double, and then Friend or Foe

Humanity Society and the Internet
"Let's Forge Our Own Culture!"

The Future
"The Child is the Father of the Man"

"When dreams die..."

The Good Must Associate
"When bad men combine..."

The Song of Democracy
"I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise"

In War We Must Kill
"I think it is a sin to kill..."

The Irony of Political Terrorism
Attacking Ideas and Killing Human Beings

Teddy Roosevelt and the "Strenuous Life"
Those who strive valiantly and those cold timid souls who don't.

Peace Through Strength
"If you want peace be prepared for war."

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Disgrace
The sickening pusillanimity of the West

Thomas Jefferson
Towering Genius and Baffling Enigma

Russia and Democracy Failing
Is a great opportunity being squandered?

Que es mi Barco mi Tesoro
"En honra de Keith."

When Man Enters Woman
" the surf biting the shore, again and again..."

Soldier: A warrior skilled in the military arts

The Parable of the Young Man and Old
A allegory of World War I

Word War I According to Ezra Pound
"Daring as never before, Wastage as never before."

Female Circumcision
An Angry Commentary

Real Power
"Not skill, nor fame, nor skill in war nor business..."

"To See The World in a Single Night.."
Manhood: The Heart of the Matter

Pax Romana
"They make a desolation and call it peace."

War and Murder

Looking into the Darkness
A Prayer for a Cop

Gen. William T. Sherman: Modern War
"War is cruelty, and cannot be refined..."

Raleigh Says Goodbye to His Wife
"My love, I am but dust..."

The American Constitution
"We the People of the United States of America..."

A Poet to His Wife: A Love Poem
"A Dedication to my Wife"

An Anonymous Suicide Note
"This bastard has sneaked my wife....!"

Poem in Prose
"This poem is for my wife..."

The Cloths of Heaven
"...Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
"Come live with me and be my love..."

Education and Discipline
Intellectual and moral qualities; affection and tact.

The Scholars
Never trust a man who has never written a love poem.

Amor y Dolor
"pena él y muero yo"

La Lluvia
"Tómame ahora..."

Adolf Hitler
Perverse Political Genius

The Heart
Self-laceration and self-hatred.

Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen
"We... who are but weasels fighting in a hole..."

La Vida es Sueño
"Donde el mayor bien es pequeño."

Los Angeles Gangsters
"Civil blood makes civil hands unclean."

Homo Homini Lupus
"Man is a Wolf to Man"

Athens in the Golden Age of Greece
the first great democracy; beauty in both body and mind

Holocaust and Hope
Man's Search for Meaning Even in Hell

Sir Winston Churchill
Great Britain's "finest hour"

Jane Fonda in North Vietnam
Sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity

Love Sonnet LV
"Not marble nor the gilded monuments..."

Men Know Nothing
How can a man know what woman's life is?

When You Are Old
"...dream of the soft look your eyes had once..."

Until Death Do Us Part
counting the slow heart beats until the end together

Harlots and Virgins
"Truly, my Satan, Thou art but a Dunce..."

Hombres Necios
"...que acusáis a la mujer sin razón..."

Thy Will Be Done
The Last Temptation of Christ

Solitude and Contemplation
"...the school of genius."

The Culture Wars
the perennial struggle between conservaitve and radicals

Philosophy as a preparation for Death

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
"When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose."

Metaphysical Meditations
"Do not send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tells for thee..."

Socrates: Death as the Cure for Life
'Crito, we ought to offer a cock to Ascelpius.'

Phil Geib, Jr., R.I.P.
Death, loss and remembrance

Drugs, the United States, and Latin America
The disgraceful ties that bind...

Tobacco and Smoking
Poisoning and Destroying Mankind

My Mother's Premature Death
"Why do bad things happen to good people?"

For the Anniversary of My Death
"Every year without knowing it I have passed the day..."

La Ultima Hora Negra y Fría
"Mi vida acabe y mi vivir ordene."

Death: At the End
"Not every man knows what he shall sing at the end..."

Lo Fatal
"El Dolor de Ser Vivo"

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light!"

Civilization be Dinged
"It is the mountains and the desert for me!"

The Great Choice
"Thou mayest rule over sin"

Holy Sonnet X
"Death be not proud..."

Facing Death Alone Without Hope
Annihiliation awaits us.

Vencida de la Edad
"...que no fuese recuerdo de la muerte."

The beast we put in our mouths

"Where Were You Dad?"
What is it like to have an alcoholic father?

On My First Daughter and On My First Son
What is more painful than the death of one's child?

Before the Birth of One of Her Children
" thy dead, who long lay in thine arms"

Dirge Without Music
"...I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."

Carpe Diem
"My candle burns at both ends..."

"My eyes discover you naked..."

La Dorotea
"A mis soledades voy..."

The Poet of the Body and the Soul
"There is nothing greater than the mother of men."

The Mystery of Murder
Are we not all brothers?

She Walks in Beauty
"...of cloudless climes and starry skies..."

The object of power is power.

"Now It's Happened"
The Soviet Revolution and Man

Opiate of the Intellectuals

You Are Either With Us or Against Us
"I know the truth - give up all other truths!"

Fidel Castro: Last of the Caudillos
Every revolution becomes what it fought against.

Maximillien Robespierre
his Terror and the heartlessness of ideas

On Woman
"May God be praised for woman..."

Poema Quince
"Me gustas cuando callas porque estás..."

Trust, violation, and healing.

"Only the educated are free."

El Militar Don Pedro Girón
" epitafio la sangrienta luna...."

Heaven and Hell
"The Inferno of God is not in need of the splendor of fire."

Satan as Rebel-Liberator
"Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n."

Manfred: The Byronic Hero
"Old Man! 'tis not so difficult to die!"

Prometheus and Authority and Right

Niccolo Machiavelli
The City of Man and the City of God

Man is Good vs. Man is Evil
What you believe of the nature of mankind is vital.

Salvador Dali Against Freedom
"I am for the blessed Inquisition..."

La Imaginación
"Los extravagantes hijos de mi fantasia..."

The Apollonian vs. The Dionysian
The Rational and Ordered vs. The Passionate and Chaotic

The Male Sexual Organ
"The Tree of Life between man and woman."

"A Deep-Sworn Vow"
"...suddenly I meet your face."

"¡Siempre Habrá Poesía!"
"Mientras exista una mujer hermosa..."

Amor Vincit Omnia
Love Conquers All

The Real Tragedy
Love and the lack of Love

Eleanor Rigby
Ah! Look at all the lonely people!

Brown Penny
looped in the loops of her hair

Victor von Frankenstein
Love, Loss, and Death

To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing
"Be secret and take defeat..."

Robert E. Lee
"A man's character is his destiny."

"The Vanity of All Earthly Things"
In honor of my hometown of Newport Beach, CA

Of Lost Men and Lost Love
"Men have a way of getting lost sometimes..."

"Masters of Tone"
The great composers as seen by H.L. Mencken

Suffering and Wisdom
"...we must suffer, suffer into Truth."

Art Should Serve Beauty

Rousseau vs. Voltaire
"To hold a pen is to go to war!"

The Secret
Fools and the Spotlight of History

Do Not Be Ashamed
"In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the press."

The Gift: Dachau Concentration Camp
"...beyond history and hurt and heaven."

Jefferson's Heart vs. his Head
"The art of life is the avoiding of pain."

Ernest "Papa" Hemingway
This world will break you

"This, too, shall pass..."
"How consoling in our desolation."

Las Abandonadas
Las Frutas Caídas

Men Are Pigs
Woman as food for men.

Frederich Nietzsche
His "Superman" and Nazi Aesthetics

The Cold Sneer of Command
"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Ezra Pound and the land of Dixie
"Damn it all! all this our South stinks peace."

Love in the Age of Pushkin
"I loved you; and I probably still do..."

"Starship Troopers"
fascism and its discontents

Wild Geese
mine and your despair

Josef Stalin and Soviet Russia
Or, how to be the perfect dictator

"beauty is truth, truth beauty"
the Romantic poetry of John Keats

Hung by the Neck Until Dead
"To Saragua, Rainmaker"

My Love for You is Deathless
"...O Sarah, I wait for you there!"

Give the People What They Want
Of Bread and Circuses

Crime and Punishment
We are ALL sinners

Enemies of Society
A New Deuteronomy

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