New feature: Weekly quote

I love quotes!  I hope you do too because every Monday morning, I’m going to post something to get the week off to a good start.  That’s not to say these will all be inspirational quotes, no indeed.  Some of the best quotes are ones that are thought provoking, challenging and maybe even a little controversial.  If possible, I’ll try to give some background and context to the quote I’ve posted.  Here’s the first one:

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  -John Lennon

Flashback: Angsty teenage poetry

It’s a rainy day here in southeast Pennsylvania.  It’s my day off and for whatever reason, I decided to peruse my old notebooks.  Remember when you were young and love seemed as serious as a heart attack?  Well, I found a poem I wrote when, just after graduation from high school, I got dumped by a boy I thought I loved.

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The dull thudding rain falls softly

As another grey day goes by

I am drowning in misery

And wondering once again, why?

An umbrella shelters the walkers

As they trudge along the street

And I stare out my window, alone and desperate

The kettle whistles on the stove

But I just let it shriek

I’m too far gone, I can’t move

My limbs are growing weak

The empty bottle hits the floor

As I open my slackened hand

And I wonder once again

Why I loved that man