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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Napowrimo Day 21: It's not the cake

Today's challenge is to re-write Frank O'hara's "Lines for the Fortune Cookies."  While considering those, a list of famous authors' poetry titles in the sidebar caught my attention, so I decided to incorporate them in some new fortune cookie one-liners.  Well, a few of them are lines heard elsewhere: I'll identify those with a ^ mark.  And you may see a few more lines that 'look familiar.'  See if you can identify where they come from. Enjoy!

It's not the cake, it's the frosting.

If you forget him, you'll be happier.

If you forget her, your loss.

Go back to the fork in the road and try your luck again.

Cast your nets on the other side. ^

You are about to meet a phenomenal woman.

The sun, like yeast, also rises. Be a little bit like both.

If you can read this, thank your teachers. Then teach someone else.

If you have a caged bird, set it free.

There are ways to walk, even in rain or snow.

Consider both the trees and the woods, but remember the way home.

You are about to meet a phenomenal man.

A little child has the answer you seek.

Dreams are just that.  Act now, before it's too late.

Buy hyacinths for your soul.^

Handsome is as handsome does. ^

Today the most wonderful thing will happen.

Listen, more than speak.  Act on what you seek.

It's what's for breakfast that counts.