Words Of Wisdom



Always be a poet, even in prose.


You will find poetry nowhere,

unless you bring some of it with you.

Joseph Joubert




Poetry is an echo,

asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandberg




A man is not old until regret takes the place of his dreams.

John Barrymore




Comedy is just a fun way of being serious.

Peter Ustinov





You live and you learn.  At any rate, you live.

Douglas Adams




Life is a near death experience.

George Carlin





The sky meets the sea

A road joins the horizon

All is one in time.






In the shallow pond

A sallow white koi observes

The shadow of Basho







April Sunday dawns

Roses resting in the road

Prom night’s glass slipper








Outside Wrigley Field

Cubs cap lies in the gutter

Opening day blues






Poem in the Manner of Basho

by David Lehman

From Poems in the Manner Of











A drip found in my varnish
One moment in time
A flaw frozen forever






Early morning coffee

Waiting for life’s screen to load






The morning rain
Taps out its poetry
In its own time








The Greeks had no word for the color of the sky, yet we have no word for “hubris.” I wonder why?











When all is said and done, more is said than done.







After the rain

Even the morning sun

Is slow to rise.








The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Willie Nelson





In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart.

Blaise Pascal








The truth will set you free, but not until it is finished with you.

David Foster Wallace




If life is a journey, why not take the long road?  

















The Last Word

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

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