On lines that stick

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

– Originally attributed to Anais Nin, but apparently said by a person named Elizabeth Appell

Nothing is boring except to people who aren’t really paying attention.

– Michael Chabon’s Summerland

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

– Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

– Frederick Douglass

If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn’t rub out even half the “Fuck you” signs in the world. It’s impossible.

– Holden, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

– Kurt Vonnegut

There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.

– Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Oh, my god, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white.

– Gretchen Wieners, Mean Girls*

*Also, basically anything from Mean Girls is quotable.

Everything in life is only for now.

– Avenue Q

My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too damn short.

– Armistead Maupin

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.

– Humbert Humbert, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

Every universe, our own included, begins in conversation.

– Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Dear City, explain your irreverence: in you, rain is a visitor with nowhere to go.

– Dear City by Conchitina Cruz

I know it sounds calculating, but if you’re not cute, you might as well be clever.

– David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

List constantly updated to add new material or lines I might have forgotten (I have a shitty memory).

 

On rejected poetry (1)

[Editor’s comment: P.S. – I think the initial vetters were in agreement that your poetry submission had compelling moments–it just didn’t have enough poems.]

Refugees

1.

Desire knows no gender, or age, whichever you think carries greater weight. Punishment is farthest from the mind during the climax of sin. What matters is experimentation, what should be considered is the taste of the other in your mouth. What matters is lust. Epiphany: how different you are. Eleven, and already exposed to the initiations of the world. An unraveling; hunger has been known.

2.

The secret can be traced in the lips and in the mouth. Found in the manner of inexperienced kissing, of being oblivious to hiding places. What you had was for only for darkness. Margins, numerous streets and alleys where you and the other nestled.

3.

The true meaning of loss, it dawns on you, could not be found in sudden gasps for breath in cold, dark streets during cold, dark nights. Rather, it pounces on you during the presence of light and heat, in mornings and afternoons. You find the day is more vulnerable; you are its child.

On keeping a list of favorite words

[This list will be constantly updated because I am a geek like that.]

Reasons for liking the words listed below include, but are not limited to, how they sound and what they mean (in general and to me), including those that only one language can express.

Kaladkarin – can be dragged; refers to a person whom one can easily call on to go somewhere/do something.

Slugabed – archaic – a lazy person who stays in bed late (ie, me).

Saludsod – splinter.

Amihan – the northeast monsoon.

Amphigory – a nonsense verse or composition.

Bildungsroman – German term for a novel of education, education, or culture, but used popularly to describe coming of age stories.

Huni – sounds, typically the chirping of birds.

Karagatan – the ocean.

Saudade – a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia.

Tsundoku – ‘the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piling it up together with other such unread books.’

Weltschmerz – a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness.

Festoon – (noun) – a chain or garland of flowers, leaves, or ribbons, hung in a curve as a decoration. (verb) – adorn (a place) with ribbons, garlands, or other decorations.