I have seen so many young men
over the years who think they'rerunning
at other young men.
They are not.
They're running at me.
-Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had the familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
Fractured pillars frame prospects of rock;-Sylvia Plath, "A Conversation Among the Ruins," 1956.
While you stand heroic in coat and tie, I sit
Composed in Grecian tunic and psyche-knot.
Rooted to your black look, the play turned tragic:
With such blight wrought on our bankrupt estate.
What ceremony of words can patch the havoc?
It's trying to get up
that gets us down.-Heid E. Erdrich, "Earhbound," National Monuments (88-89).