Sunday, April 29, 2007


“If you only read the great writers, you’ll be in trouble,” he said. “Read junk. It’s enormously encouraging to tell yourself, ‘I can do better than that.’ ”

The father's response: "You're a poet. Welcome to hell."

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."


Simmons B. Buntin said...

This dying off of bees is of great concern to me. In my wildflower tromp yesterday, I only saw two bees--normally I'd see dozens.

Maybe that's why the flowers are going crazy this year; hopefully it's not the last hurrah, though.

32poems said...

That quote is attributed to Einstein by some, but I have not yet found the person who can point to where Einstein wrote that down. One place retracted the quote and said that Einstein never said it. deb at 32

Sheryl said...

Great quotes!

Made me feel less alone! Made me smile too.


Suzanne said...

The dying off of bees is deeply disturbing, Simmons. I saw a lone bee this morning in the garden -- the first this spring. Completely mesmerizing.

Deb, You've given me hope that it's the newest urban legend.

Glad you enjoyed these, Sheryl!

Valerie Loveland said...

The bees disappearing is such a weird (scary) story.

Since hearing about this, I've been thinking about all the poetry that's been written about bees.

Thanks for the quotes/links.

jenni said...

I thought that quote was from Mark Twain (the bees). Not sure about the first. The second is F Wright and his father.

I like the first, gives me a good excuse to read STAR magazine and enjoy it as much as I do. lol