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Elizabeth Stoddard Poem
You Left Me
 by Elizabeth Stoddard

You left me, and the anguish passed,
And passed the day, and passed the night-
A blank in which my senses failed;
Then slowly came an inward light.

So plain it reproduced the hours
We lived as one,-the books we read,
Our quiet walks and pleasant talks-
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Motivational Check: “Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” - e.e. cummings What one question would you ask your older self?

Meghan: Saturday October 31, 2020- "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." -E.E. Cummings

Chuck Cox: “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” - e. e. cummings

Starman: “Someone asked me what home was and all I could think of were the stars on the tip of your tongue, the flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, the ocean echoing inside of your ribcage.” E. E. Cummings

Sémillon: Go and reunite with your true self, and don’t look back. From today’s meditation: To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. E.E. Cummings

Joel Friesz: It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. -E.E. Cummings.

Jonathan L. Huie: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - e. e. cummings

Northern Scum: And the 'leak' was fully endorsed, just like every other 'leak' in the last year, to distract from the real news e.g. docs sent to the police proving Cummings broke HIS OWN lockdown rules many times, endangering the public.

brinyhoof: “As I understand it” i.e. what Cummings just WhatsApped me.

Tim Walker: Hearing it was Cummings behind the briefings to the papers last night. Whether he told Johnson what he was going to do is unclear. Whether Johnson - trying desperately to appease the anti-lockdown Daily Mail - even agreed is also unclear. This may explain Johnson’s invisibility.

Mark Steel: I'm not watching this announcement, but I'll guess that a) his announcement is delivered with such gibbering incoherence it has to be explained properly later by someone else, and b) whatever rule he's announced, Dominic Cummings has already broken it.

Alex Andreou: New Tier 4. Like a hidden level in a video game. With Dominic Cummings as the final boss. You have to kill him to capture Barnard Castle. He appears invulnerable, except for brief moments when his vision fails, and you have to hit him in precisely this order: Hands, Face, Space.

The Persistent Rumor: It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings

Sophia: "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." e e cummings

Martin Reynolds: BBC sources I.e. keunsburg texts from Cummings

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Births on this day in history

  • 10/31/1956 - Bruce Bawer - American poet and critic
  • 10/31/1902 - Carlos Drummond de Andrade - Brazilian poet (d. 1987)
  • 10/31/1888 - Napoleon Lapathiotis - Greek poet and author (d. 1944)
  • 10/31/1876 - Natalie Clifford Barney - American poet and playwright (d. 1972)
  • 10/31/1795 - John Keats - English poet (d. 1821)
  • 10/31/1724 - Christopher Anstey - English author and poet (d. 1805)

Deaths on this day in history

  • 10/31/2005 - Amrita Pritam - Indian author and poet (b. 1919)
  • 10/31/1985 - Nikos Engonopoulos - Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 10/31/1960 - H. L. Davis - American author and poet (b. 1894)