The poem fragments in the back of your mind

Emily Lloyd at Poesy Galore has tagged me with an irresistible meme:

"What are ten lines from poems that stick in your head when you are
walking around your day? Or, if you stop a minute and think of some
lines of poetry, what comes up? It’s fine if you distort the line as
you remember it, if you misremember it."

Here are mine. I suspect that I'd probably give a different set of answers tomorrow or next week; some are lines that come to me often, and others presented themselves when I started writing them all down.

  1. Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. [This one pops into my head all the time when I'm bored, reminding me that I probably have no Inner Resources.]
  2. And now that the end is near / The segments of the trip swing open like an orange.
  3. Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing.
  4. Green is night, green kindled and appareled.
  5. Love's the boy stood on the burning deck / trying to recite "The boy stood on / the burning deck."
  6. Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind.
  7. For Juliana comes, and she / What I do to the grass, does to my thoughts and me.
  8. Small comfort the candle / Of moon on the maple; / The steeple of poplar, / The arch of the birch. [I don't know who wrote this poem; I read it in a children's poetry anthology at least twenty years ago, and Google hasn't yet been able to tell me anything about it.]
  9. And is the white sail free on its walled infinity? [Another one I read decades ago, on a placard in a bus in Santa Monica. I didn't think to write down the author's name, and the rest of it fell out of my head a long time ago. It's probably not nearly as good a poem as I thought at the time, but I remember it because it's something of a mystery.]
  10. Song, tuneful song, built a palace in the wild.
  11. [Bonus, because it was in my head all morning:] Bind on thy sandals, O thou most fleet, / Over the splendor and speed of thy feet.

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