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I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.


         

I'm not dead yet, just in a state of rapid decay, who isn't?

I'm not dead yet, just in a state of rapid decay, who isn't?


         



as a childi supposei was not quitenormal.my happiest times werewheni was left alone inthe house on asaturday.

as a childi supposei was not quitenormal.my happiest times werewheni was left alone inthe house on asaturday.


         



well, death says, as he walks by, I'm going to get you anyhow no matter what you've been: writer, cab-driver, pimp, butcher, sky-diver, I'm going to get you

well, death says, as he walks by, I'm going to get you anyhow no matter what you've been: writer, cab-driver, pimp, butcher, sky-diver, I'm going to get you


         

The old gal was only another lonely creature in a world that didn’t care

The old gal was only another lonely creature in a world that didn’t care


         

my poems are only bits of scratchingon the floor of acage.

my poems are only bits of scratchingon the floor of acage.


         

Animals are inspirational. They don’t know how to lie. They are natural forces.

Animals are inspirational. They don’t know how to lie. They are natural forces.


         

There is a blue bird in my heart that wants to get out.

There is a blue bird in my heart that wants to get out.


         

The total ugliness and indifference of the worst features of the human race come out in their driving habits.

The total ugliness and indifference of the worst features of the human race come out in their driving habits.


         


good weatheris likegood women—it doesn’t always happenand when it doesit doesn’talways last.

good weatheris likegood women—it doesn’t always happenand when it doesit doesn’talways last.


         


Potential, " I said, "doesn't mean a thing. You've got to do it. Almost every baby in a crib has more potential than I have.

Potential, " I said, "doesn't mean a thing. You've got to do it. Almost every baby in a crib has more potential than I have.


         


beware women grownoldwho were neveranything butyoung

beware women grownoldwho were neveranything butyoung


         

for meobedience to another is the decay of self.for though every being is similareach being is differentand to herd our differencesunder one lawdegrades each self.

for meobedience to another is the decay of self.for though every being is similareach being is differentand to herd our differencesunder one lawdegrades each self.


         

the courage it took to get out of bed eachmorningto face the same thingsover and overwasenormous.

the courage it took to get out of bed eachmorningto face the same thingsover and overwasenormous.


         

that your power of commandwith simple language wasone of the magnificent things ofour century.(from the poem: result)

that your power of commandwith simple language wasone of the magnificent things ofour century.(from the poem: result)


         

Finally there is nothing here for death to take away.

Finally there is nothing here for death to take away.