My Love wakes in a puddle of sunlight

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“My Love wakes in a puddle of sunlight. Her hands asleep beside her. Her hair draped on the lawn like a mantle of cloth.” -Roman Payne Roman Payne

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Coffee, my delight of the morning

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“Coffee, my delight of the morning; yoga, my delight of the noon. Then before nightfall, I run along the pleasant paths of the Jardin du Luxembourg. For when air cycles through the lungs, and the body is busy at noble tasks, creativity flows like water in a stream: the artist creates, the writer writes.” -Roman […]

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Rest in Peace? Why that phrase?

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“‘Rest in Peace?’ Why that phrase? That’s the most ridiculous phrase I’ve ever heard! You die, and they say ‘Rest in Peace!’ …Why would one need to ‘rest’ when they’re dead?! I spent thousands of years of world history resting. While Agamemnon was leading his ships to Troy, I was resting. While Ovid was seducing […]

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He had been searching for it his entire life

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“He had been searching for it his entire life. He had devoted himself to poetry to find it. Now, in the middle of his life, he found it. It was in the face of the love of his life, his daughter. She who had never blushed before, now blushed. And in that blushing, he knew, […]

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I was surrounded by friends

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“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone: for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to […]

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It’s not that we have to quit this life one day

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“It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: music, laughter, the physics of falling leaves, automobiles, kissing, the scent of rain, holding hands, blushing, city streets, the concept of subway trains… O, if only one could leave this life slowly!” – […]

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In the boundary less forests

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“In the boundary less forests, there’re dancers of nude. Yet in the confines of pasture, there’s promise of food. On which is your side? O, but tarry- and bide, ere you decide, in both do confide.” —Roman Payne Roman Payne

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I will always know the glory of the beautiful

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“I will always know the glory of the beautiful and rare, as they will know security from labour a’nd prayer. As they will hear the laughter of the children they gave life, I will know the torments of the song born under knife. And to their girls, they will give, while with their sons they’ll […]

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I knelt and locked the door

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“I knelt and locked the door. I locked the door locking the world and time outside. I stretched my body across the mattress and Saskia drew in close to me and placed her open hand on my chest, her mouth near my shoulder; her breath, my breath blew out the candle, and I held my […]

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In my errant life I roamed To learn the secrets

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“I regained my soul through literature after those times I’d lost it to wild-eyed gypsy girls on the European streets. “ -Roman Payne Roman Payne

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