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"Until now, one might say, men were living both dispersed and at the same time closed in on themselves, like passengers in a ship who have met by chance below decks with no idea of its mobile character and its motion. They could, accordingly, think of nothing to do on the earth that brought them together but to quarrel or amuse themselves. And now, by chance, or rather as a normal effect of growing older, we have just opened our eyes. The boldest of us have found their way to the deck. They have seen the vessel that was carrying us along. They have marked the creaming of her bow wave. They have realized that there are boilers to be stoked and a wheel to be manned. And most important of all, they have seen the clouds floating overhead, they have savored the sweet scent of the Western Isles, over the curve of the horizon: it ceases to be the restless human to-and-fro on the same spot, it is no longer a drifting. It is the voyage."

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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The Trouble With Love Poems about Men
They’re not of curves and shadows made.They don’t wear skirts to swoop and teasethe eye, nor toss their hair, nor sway.So arduous to package men to please:a slant of hip, or buttocks tucked in fadedjeans—they lack aesthetic flair. A spray
of curls might fan their brows, or bellies bloomabove their belts. To paint men in the bestof light, requires certain skill. The groomlooks better if he’s built. He’ll fillhis tux with sculpted flesh. His chestwill taper to the cummerbund. Still,
what work to capture men’s appeal!A rise between the legs will also shadeand shape their usual lines. Alas, revealed,the bulge is but a stick. We live dismayed.It’s difficult to bring men warm regard.We try. Their love is always hard.
—Beth Gylys.