Life Lines

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Life Lines are fragments of poetry that stay with us throughout the years sometimes independently of the poem from which they came and offer inspiration or comfort. The Academy of American Poets began to gather Life Lines in April 2006, but the project has been extended thanks to the public’s continued interest and participation. You can read the Life Lines they’ve collected at this website.

One of my own Life Lines comes from a poem by Ezra Pound, the short, satirical Song in the Manner of A.E. Houseman:

O woe, woe,
People are born and die
We also shall be dead pretty soon
Therefore let as act as if we were
Dead already.

I think about it every so often when I want to remind myself that sorrow can be solipsistic and that life’s rarely really that bad.

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