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Scottish born

 The Linton Lassie is retired, but often short of time.

Mum of four. Grandma of five, Great Grandma of four.

Owns two dogs, a German Shepherd, and a Border Collie.

Resident in Australia for more years than she cares to remember.

Writes poetry for fun.

A little bit of Twain

Blog Posted:12/3/2011 5:38:00 PM

I found this in a book I enjoyed reading. 'Crow Stone' by Jenni Mills.

Thought it worth posting here.

To quote Mark Twain

"Getting the Right Word in the Right Place
To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself. . . . Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph."

(Letter to Emeline Beach, February 1868)

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  1. Date: 12/4/2011 2:56:00 PM
    Nice blog and pic of you , Marg! Hmmm, I wonder if Twain wrote many haiku!

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  1. Date: 12/4/2011 10:48:00 AM
    Hi Margaret! So cool to see your lovely photo here :D -- and thanks for sharing this tidbit from Mark Twain-- ah, how true he is! Putting the right word for me (and without being superfluous), is art. I need help with it though, I am sometimes just too wordy for my own good.... I suppose that's why I am so challenged with haiku? Since it pushes me to say so much with so few words....

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  1. Date: 12/4/2011 8:40:00 AM
    Sage advice! I think many of us could pare down (myself included)...a good lesson this is!

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  1. Date: 12/4/2011 8:33:00 AM
    This is why politicians don't read Twain. It takes them 12 pages to get a thought across.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2011 7:52:00 PM
    Yeah, I agree with Mark Twain's quote wholeheartedly, Margaret. I am an amateur who rambles too much. Thank goodness I enjoy writing some sort forms, or else I might be a lost cause!

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  1. Date: 12/3/2011 7:21:00 PM
    yes them jolly ol poets, were bound to show it, if it took a quarter mile, Mark Twain put on a glow a bit, left his mark by word of guile, style hey .....Don

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/29/2014Spring haikuHaikunature,
9/26/2014West windTrioletautumn,
9/16/2014I am a 4Quatrainnature,
9/9/2014An Autumn NightRhymeautumn,
9/3/2014A Rare PlaceBlank versenature,
8/30/2014A River AlouetteRhymenature,
8/20/2014Reclaimed RecycledRhymeart,image,
4/21/2012Midnight PearlDizainlost love,
4/20/2012Haiku,flowers and hummingbirdsHaikunature,
12/5/2011Haiku-River SpriteHaikufantasy,
12/5/2011Silver StrandsSonnetmystery,places,silver,
12/3/2011How I Got StartedRhymeon writing and words,word
12/2/2011When the Rains ComeSedokanature,people,women,old,m
11/28/2011Despair, HopeDiamantehealth,
11/25/2011Seasons of LoveRhymelove,autumn,love,moon,
11/20/2011Robert Burns 1759-1796Coupleton writing and words,
11/19/2011Haiku-soundless in soft snowHaikunature,
11/15/2011Haiku SunriseHaikunature,
11/14/2011Glorious DawnQuaternnature,
11/13/2011Haiku doubleHaikunature,
11/12/2011Haiku SnowHaikunature,
11/11/2011A Dreamy DessertEpulaeryufood,
11/11/2011My Bonnie Wee BabeSonnetfor children,

My Photos


Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
Word SageFree versedevotion,friendship,hope,
Sonnet On My Threadbare LoveSonnethusband,lovelove,
MY KNIGHTI do not know?love,sensual,
My heart speaksFree verseart,passion
First LoveQuatrainchildhood,love,
A seed of poetryFree verseart,hope,life,on writing
Words Like Wine & WaterIambic Pentameterintrospection,on writing
The Home MakerRhymededication,work
NOCTURNEI do not know?,i love you,
How Kind Dawn Is Sonnetnature
The SandmanFree versedepressionme,
Oh Dear MoonIambic Pentameterintrospection,life,passio
The GoddessEnclosed Rhymefantasy
Deepening MornHaikunature
The Sea Hag and the Funky MonkeyQuatrainfantasy,imaginationdark,d
He AroseAcrosticfaith,holiday
A Poet's Happy DreamSonnetfantasy,happinessgreen,
Not a Tooraloora Loora .Rhymefantasy
From the BalconyFree versedepressionlife,
DOUBLE DELIGHTVersenature,seasons
The Tea Party For EmilySonnetcaregiving
My Mother's EyesFree verselove,mother
ONE TIMES ONE EQUALS ONEVersefaith,music,peopleprayer,
A Marriage of SeasonsPantoumseasonsdance,farewell,dan
Consider ThemDidacticfaith,inspirational,

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Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
jacqui topham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Seeyam Brjmohun United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Travis Tapley United States Flag United States Read