If you must keep the curl of the unbroken wave
I shall take the whole ocean with their swells
with staccato rhythm of ships tossed back and forth-
In their desperate flailing
I see spirit of man still daring to steer clear
And that is much more than oceans can bear.
I am a man and nothing less than whole continent
Is my haven.
If you must give this hour and show its hustle
And bustle of senses touching heights
I shall rather settle for this moment’s grace
Where my spirit is put to its rest
By both heaven and the earth.
I am a man nothing less than this indivisible
wholeness shall keep hour and the continent
Past time’s injury.
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There is no magic any more,
We meet as other people do,
You work no miracle for me
Nor I for you.
You were the wind and I the sea –
There is no splendor any more,
I have grown listless as the pool
Beside the shore.
But though the pool is safe from storm
And from the tide has found surcease,
It grows more bitter than the sea,
For all its peace.
1. “Goodnight my darlings, I’ll see you tomorrow.” ~~ Noel Coward, writer, d. 1973
3.“I am not the least afraid to die.” ~~ Charles Darwin, d. April 19, 1882
4. “My God. What’s happened?” ~~ Diana (Spencer), Princess of Wales, d. August 31, 1997
5. “I must go in, the fog is rising.” ~~ Emily Dickinson, poet, d. 1886
6.“Do you hear the rain? Do you hear the rain? ”Minutes before her plane crashed. ~~ Jessica Dubroff, seven-year-old pilot, d. 1996
Over the phone, 7-year-old pilot Jessica Dubroff uttered these final words to her mother as she was running her own single engine propeller aircraft somewhere in Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States. Seconds after she took off, the plane suffered from an engine breakdown and crashed. On that fateful morning of April 11, 1996, the young pilot, her father Dubroff and her instructor died on board.
7. “Adieu, mes amis. Je vais la gloire. (Farewell, my friends! I go to glory!)” ~~ Isadora Duncan, dancer, d. 1927
8. “Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. Last letter to her husband before her last flight. KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low.” Last radio communiqué before her disappearance. ~~ Amelia Earhart, d. 1937
9.“It is very beautiful over there.” ~~ Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, d. October 18, 1931
10. “No, I shall not give in. I shall go on. I shall work to the end.” ~~ Edward VII, King of Britain, d. 1910
11.“All my possessions for a moment of time.” ~~ Elizabeth I, Queen of England, d. 1603
12“I’ve never felt better. ”~~ Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., actor, d. December 12, 1939
13.“I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.” ~~ Richard Feynman, physicist, d. 1988
14. “I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” ~~ Errol Flynn, actor, d. October 14, 1959
15.“A dying man can do nothing easy.” ~~ Benjamin Franklin, statesman, d. April 17, 1790
16.“Come my little one, and give me your hand. ”Spoken to his daughter, Ottilie. ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer, d. March 22, 1832
17. I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man. Facing his assassin, Mario Teran, a Bolivian soldier. ~~ Ernesto “Che” Guevara, d. October 9, 1967
18.Yes, it’s tough, but not as tough as doing comedy. When asked if he thought dying was tough. ~~ Edmund Gwenn, actor, d. September 6, 1959
19. God will pardon me, that’s his line of work. ~~ Heinrich Heine, poet, d. February 15, 1856
20.Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark. ~~ O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), writer, d. June 4, 1910
21. All is lost. Monks, monks, monks! ~~ Henry VIII, King of England, d. 1547
22. I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark. ~~ Thomas Hobbes, writer, d. 1679
23. I see black light. ~~ Victor Hugo, writer, d. May 22, 1885
24. Oh, do not cry – be good children and we will all meet in heaven. ~~ Andrew Jackson, US President, d. 1845
25. Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees. Killed in error by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville during the US Civil War. ~~ General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, d. 1863