Friday, May 20, 2011

The Caprices Of Summer

Earth, does it amaze you? How birds come down from the sky to walk on you?

I saw a man walking with his chin on his chest. His thoughts were weighing him down.

In my travels I found no answers, only wonders.

The liars don't worry me. It's the people who think they know the truth.

I'm not a thief because no one has anything I want.

Love hurts because you think that's what love is.

Everything the candle knows it learned in the dark.

Thought should be less profound and more human.

I made my life my dream so I could live it.

Between the planting and the harvest lie all the caprices of summer.

If a fool plants a beautiful garden, is he still a fool?

Pretend to be ticklish if it makes you laugh.

Even when you dial the wrong number there's someone at the other end.

Like a surfer only the next wave interests me.

82 comments:

  1. There is someone always at the other end.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  2. And here I thought you'd be slowing down. ;) Nice ones, NP. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great tidbits of wisdom. Once again another great post. I like how you think.

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  4. I love these. Thanks for the thought provocation NP :)

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  5. They're all terrific! The first four are my favorites. Much to ponder here.

    Thank you for sharing your delightful creativity!

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  6. Normally it would take me half a minute to read something of that length. It took me 5 minutes because after every line I stopped to think about it. Thank you for posting such interesting words.

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  7. This is my fave:

    "Everything the candle knows it learned in the dark."

    Beautiful imagery, flow and sentiment.

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  8. Beautiful and wonder-full, as always!!

    My favorites:

    'If a fool plants a beautiful garden, is he still a fool.'

    'Thought should be less profound, and more human.'

    'Love hurts because you think that is what love is.'

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  9. "Thought should be less profound and more human"

    I like that one because it means to me that you shouldn't worry about trying to be esoteric in your utterances, just be honest and speak from the heart and that usually ends up making the most impact on people because your personal truth is more common than you think.

    Thanks for the aphorisms - the end of the world edition :p

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  10. totally loved it..

    ali
    (letsgraph)

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  11. NP you just gave me soem ideads for graphs :)
    loving these..

    ali
    letsgraph

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  12. Nicely done, Marty. Great to read a new batch. This one was my favorite: "I saw a man walking with his chin on his chest. His thoughts were weighing him down." Do you share these aphorisms on Twitter, too?

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  13. "Everything the candle knows it learned in the dark."

    Wonderful, I love these (as usual)- thank you. :-)

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  14. Dear Marty, I am touched by the whole batch this time. So, finding it difficult to chose the most favorite though I love to mention my favorites.

    I wish to read them several times to share my thoughts later in the comments.

    Best Wishes!

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  15. I like reading your aphorisms over and over again as when I do I find deeper meaning in them. At first blush, these are my favorites:
    'If a fool plants a beautiful garden, is he still a fool.'
    'Thought should be less profound, and more human.'
    'Love hurts because you think that is what love is.'

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  16. i share what TT said, "reading your aphorism over and over again and find deeper meaning in them". beautiful! words cannot tell really how much i love them:-)

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  17. You are a wellspring of creativity Marty. May you continue to bubble along forever.

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  18. you know what,i can read you FOR EVER ,you revealed hidden truth about a candle and you proved yourself really smart by judging one by his lovely act gardening,

    yea those fool actually fear me who clam that they are smartest creation on earth,and just crush others feelings.

    have a lovely weekend NP god bless

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  19. perfect, as usual!!! You are inspiring!

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  20. Every single line here is so beautiful, this is the best you've ever written, I personally feel! I am going to share this on my facebook with all my friends, how beautiful! How wonderful! I want to walk with you on the ancient streets by the Trevi Fountain one day, and speak to you of these ancient things that are so simple, that people just don't see....

    Why the Trevi Fountain? Just because.. :)

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  21. "The liars don't worry me. It's the people who think they know the truth." I happen to be reading Eric Hoffer's 'The True Believer' - Have you read it?

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  22. I always find wonders here. Thank you, Marty.

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  23. "The liars don't worry me. It's the people who think they know the truth." - this is so true...

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  24. I'm late to this garden party but wow, is all I can say. Plenty to savor at this soul satisfying buffet.

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  25. My life as my dream in order to live it is a worthy goal.

    I enjoyed reading this post and I'm relieved you are posting.

    Thank you.

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  26. with every line I thought I had read the best line, then I read the next I had to sit on that one, and then the next one and then the next one. they are all thought provoking and full of wisdom. If I had to pick one - and would be difficult, but perhaps I lean towards the I made my life a dream so I could live it.

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  27. I saw a man walking with his chin on his chest. His thoughts were weighing him down:....


    wow.NP..that was a very good one..

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  28. Mention Earth and you'll never hear the end of how it amuses me, every fiber of my flesh, every sweeping thoughts that come my mind- but unfortunately, I don't have your profoundness with words to express how I feel about all of Mother Earth. So please, keep them coming, Marty, even if I visit in my own sweet time! Thank you!

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  29. Until I laughed I wasn't ticklish. Thanks for the helpful advice.

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  30. "I made my life my dream so I could live it."

    My fave from the awesome bunch of aphorisms :D

    I'm glad to see a post again here.

    Till next time!

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  31. I love stopping by and reading. I do not always comment, but I just had to write a thank you note.

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  32. "I made my life a dream so I could live it." I adore this live, Marty!

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  33. Hi! I'm so glad to have stopped here tonight!
    This quote was meant for me to read and pass along to my garden tending husband:
    "Between the planting and the harvest lie all the caprices of summer."
    I also need to pass this along to our neighbor who adores his garden.
    Have a wonderful week!
    ~Maria
    ps. Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment on my blog ~

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  34. "Like a surfer only the next wave interests me."

    I love this one, makes me yearn to take a trip to San Diego asap! :)

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  35. I love these words of wisdom. Especially the two below.

    "Like a surfer only the next wave interests me."

    "Even when you dial the wrong number there's someone at the other end."

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  36. Great like always. I love this line very much and its fact. Always experience in surrounding...
    The liars don't worry me. It's the people who think they know the truth.
    Thank you for sharing

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  37. The other end of nowhere is the other end of somewhere...

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  38. An interesting post.
    I am glad to be back here again.

    www.multibrand.biz

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  39. The Fool's Garden reminded me of Peter Seller's last movie released while he was alive, "Being There." Definitely 5 stars, almost as profound and funny as you are.

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  40. My husband and I feed hundreds of birds in our backyard (& have for years now.) We refer to them as dinosaurs (which they are.) I think that's even more amazing.

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  41. Even when you dial a wrong number there's someone on the other end...exactly. To extend the metaphor into real life, even if you don't agree with someone, you must realize they are just as right in the final scheme of things as you are... no matter how sure you are of your own beliefs and opinions. That's my favorite and my nomination for the most incisive aphorism of the collection.
    My best.

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  42. Earth, does it amaze you? How birds come down from the sky to walk on you?
    Just love the different thought provoking view :)and I hope you are well and thank you as always for providing me with thoughts and smiles

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  43. This is not the first of your posts I've read, and you never cease to amaze me. Thank you, and I look forward to reading more.

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  44. "I'm not a thief because no one has anything I want"

    Clever..very thought provoking but exactly exaggerated. I don't know why I like this but i like this.

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  46. "Everything the candle knows, it learned in the dark." That is one I will write down, post in my office and think of continually, Marty.

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  47. *wrong* number...is there such a thing as *wrong*??? Or just a consciously unintended outcome? :)/ Great distillation of insights np!

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  48. I do love your writing. It's as true and deep as an haiku. There's a density I like in short sentences.

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  49. YOU SAY SO MUCH WITH SO LITTLE - A TRUE POET

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  50. "I made my life my dream so I could live it." - how clever, and how simple a rule to live by. A lot of wonderful entries here.

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  51. "Even when you dial the wrong number there's someone at the other end."

    Nice :)

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  52. Gloriously redeeming. Thanks for the Bask..I needed the sunshine and the lift. Splendid Wisdom..Nothing Profound. (even though you are Everything Profound to all that read you)

    Mantra

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  53. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.


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  54. These are all very nice...but what happens when you come slap-damn up against the truth of your situation?

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  55. So many profound thoughts and realizations.

    Perhaps everyone is a liar when they no longer sing as a part of the ongoing song. Instead, they choose to sing a part over and over again until they have reached for the right key.

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  56. Revisiting to say how much I appreciate these.

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  57. Nice one: "In my travels I found no answers, only wonders." it reminds me of the time In my travels when I woke up one morning in the train from Athens to Zagreb wondering what the terrible "pong" was, and yes, it was my long-gone star-spangled blue and white canvas walking boots -yes it were!

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  58. pretending to be ticklish is fun - go with it

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  59. Wonderful as always. I've had some interesting conversations with my "wrong numbers" ; )

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  60. Lot of truth in these, very impressive collection, too. :)

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  61. The liars don't worry me. It's the people who think they know the truth.

    Wow - this really hit me.

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  62. My mother always told me not to walk looking down at my feet. She also said do not read in the dark, but I guess the candle would dispute that.

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  63. In my travels I found no answers, only wonders: Cool - I've been there man!

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  64. the one: Thought should be less profound and more human. it's so profound its almost good enough to eat with beer and skittles...

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  65. Yum, another scrumptious array of profundities, each one better than the last! But I love them all!!!

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  66. nothing profound, may I add that I wish you would put these into a book? ;)

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  67. I like the way your mind ticks :) Nice to meet you!

    If a fool plants a beautiful garden, is he still a fool?

    Are there really fools out there or do we all have reasons for acting certain ways?

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  68. Nice. And very wise. Discovered by chance and loved it. What more can I ask! :)

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  69. This is like stumbling upon an unforgotten hidden treasure (of wisdom)in the backyard.

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  70. EXCELLENT! I am going to add you to my Blog roll!

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  71. Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.





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  72. Somebody on the end of the line? i like that idea about telephones --it's spooky like me.

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  73. OK, third time lucky - I tried to post a comment on another of your posts twice, but I don't think it worked. I just wanted to say that I'm glad you found my blog, as it enabled me to find yours. You write many beautiful lines and I look forward to reading more.

    I'll try selecting 'anonymous' this time to see if I get under the wire from Wordpress...

    Becoming herself

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  74. My favorite is " I am not a thief because no one has anything I want". I dare ask "Do you have anything an unordinary thief would wish for" ? :)

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  75. Great post, great man. Your philosophy explains the meaning of life so simply and so wise with your unmistakable art of the words. Love them all. X - One of my favourite:"I saw a man walking with his chin on his chest. His thoughts were weighing him down."

    Best,
    Dy

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  76. "In my travels I found no answers, only wonders."

    The problem is, too many people seek answers, and not wonders...the answers will come, if you're open enough to let them in. Thanks for sharing :)

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  77. At the end always left the real people think about it and keep up the good work don't be sad.

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  78. I like your posts. They are quite deep because they are true.

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  79. This really is quite profound... I think I probably read it just for the sake of reading it, and partly because you were kind enough to read my blog!

    Then I read it again. And again. And now I've bookmarked it.

    I'm not sure if this is poetry or philosophy, or perhaps a bit of both... not only do you have a wonderful way with words though, but you manage to express powerful sentiments using beautifully simple images.

    ...having said that though, I did also enjoy reading the comment from 'Arnold Knickerbotcher'.

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  80. Another great article. I like that you are very honest and direct to the point

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