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"Into Battle"

The naked earth is warm with spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun's gaze glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze;
And life is colour and warmth and light,
And a striving evermore for these;
And he is dead who will not fight;
And who dies fighting has increase.

The fighting man shall from the sun
Take warmth, and life from the glowing earth;
Speed with the light-foot winds to run,
And with the trees to newer birth;
And find, when fighting shall be done,
Great rest, and fullness after dearth.

All the bright company of Heaven
Hold him in their high comradeship,
The Dog-Star, and the Sisters Seven,
Orion's Belt and sworded hip.

The woodland trees that stand together,
They stand to him each one a friend;
They gently speak in the windy weather;
They guide to valley and ridge's end.

The kestrel hovering by day,
And the little owls that call by night,
Bid him be swift and keen as they,
As keen of ear, as swift of sight.

The blackbird sings to him, "Brother, brother,
If this be the last song you shall sing,
Sing well, for you may not sing another;
Brother, sing."

In dreary, doubtful, waiting hours,
Before the brazen frenzy starts,
The horses show him nobler powers;
O patient eyes, courageous hearts!

And when the burning moment breaks,
And all things else are out of mind,
And only joy of battle takes
Him by the throat, and makes him blind,

Through joy and blindness he shall know,
Not caring much to know, that still
Nor lead nor steel shall reach him, so
That it be not the Destined Will.

The thundering line of battle stands,
And in the air death moans and sings;
But Day shall clasp him with strong hands,
And Night shall fold him in soft wings.



I learned to give...
not because I have too much,
But because I know how it feels
to have nothing.

Kintsukuroi: to repair broken pottery with gold,
thus making the piece more beautiful for having been broken.

The man who makes a beast of himself,
removes himself from the pain of being human.

Every time you try to do something right,
you seem to get it oh so wrong,
it's almost like a drug,
no one's laughing now.
You're a failure.

You do you,
I'll do me,
and we won't do each other.
Probably.

Love and Hate aren't opposite emotions.

Maybe self-improvement isn't the answer,
maybe self-destruction is the answer.

Tonight, the safe word is "HMMRRGPH"

If you're s**t, you're s**t,
and you should be told you're s**t,
like, all the time.

What I am, you will be too.
What you are, I have already been.

Nothing is trivial.

It's hard to feel anything when you staple your nuts to your leg.

When there's nothing left to burn,
you have to set yourself on fire.

Better to reign in hell,
than to serve in heaven.

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If you love-then love without reason
If you threaten-don't threaten in play
If you storm-to full fury give way
If you punish-let punishment tell
If you feast-then, be sure you feast well!

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The reason the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines
squabble among themselves is that they don't speak the same language.
For example, take a simple phrase like, "Secure the building."
• The Army will put guards around the place.
• The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
• The Air Force will take out a 5-year lease with an option to buy.
• The Marines will kill everybody inside and make it a command post.

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