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"Poetry Quote Challenge! Robert Frost Edition!" by Cousin_of_a_Serial_Killer
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Description: I love Robert Frost so much. I was reading his poems, and I formed a collection of a bunch of quotes. I thought they would make good writing prompts.

Rules:
~ You definitely don't have to use all of the quotes. Use as many as you want.
~ You can interpret the quotes however you'd like.
~ You can use any fandom and any characters.
~ Reader inserts and OCs are allowed.
~ Any and all pairings are allowed. This includes yaoi and yuri.
~ Any rating.
~ Say somewhere in your summary that your story is a response to this challenge.

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Quotes:
1. “And of course there must be something wrong / In wanting to silence any song.”
2. “It's got so I don't even know for sure / Whether I am glad, sorry, or anything. / There's nothing but a voice-like left inside / That seems to tell me how I ought to feel, / And would feel if I wasn't all gone wrong.”
3. “He looks on the bright side of everything, / Including me. He thinks I'll be all right. . .”
4. “I lain awake thinking of you, I’ll warrant, / More than you have yourself, some of these nights.”
5. “The most you can do / Is set me back a little more behind. / I sha’n’t catch up in this world, anyway.”
6. “I’d rather you’d not go unless you must.”
7. “It melted, and I let it fall and break. / But I was well / Upon my way to sleep before it fell, / And I could tell / What form my dreaming was about to take.”
8. “A light he was to no one but himself. . .”
9. “So we must join hands in the dew coming coldly / There in the hush of the wood that reposes, / And turn and go up to the open door boldly, / And knock to the echoes as beggars for roses.”
10. “Summer was past and the day was past. / Sombre clouds in the west were massed. / Out on the porch's sagging floor, / Leaves got up in a coil and hissed, / Blindly struck at my knee and missed.”
11. “Something sinister in the tone / Told me my secret must be known. . .”
12. “I'm a poor underdog, / But to-night I will bark / With the great Overdog / That romps through the dark.”
13. “The last of the light of the sun / That had died in the west / Still lived for one song more / In a thrush's breast.”
14. “But no, I was out for stars; / I would not come in. / I meant not even if asked; / And I hadn't been.”
15. “No one stands round to stare. / It is nobody else's affair. / It couldn't be called ungentle, / But how thoroughly departmental.”
16. “The way a crow / Shook down on me / The dust of snow / From a hemlock tree / Has given my heart / A change of mood / And saved some part / Of a day I had rued.”
17. “Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice. / From what I've tasted of desire / I hold with those who favor fire. / But if it had to perish twice, / I think I know enough of hate / To say that for destruction ice / Is also great / And would suffice.”
18. “I dwell with a strangely aching heart / In that vanished abode there far apart / On that disused and forgotten road. . .”
19. “Those stones out under the low-limbed tree / Doubtless bear names that the mosses mar.”
20. “And mankind saw the bright flowers, / That, glitt'ring in the sun, / Quite hid the thorns of av'rice / That poison blood and bone; / And far off many wandered, / And when life's night came on, / They still were seeking gold flowers, / Lost, helpless and alone.”
21. “O, cease to heed the glamour / That blinds your foolish eyes, / Look upward to the glitter / Of stars in God's clear skies.”
22. “We ran as if to meet the moon / That slowly dawned behind the trees. . .”
23. “This saying good-bye on the edge of the dark. . . I have to be gone for a season or so.”
24. “Was there even a cause too lost, / Ever a cause that was lost too long . . . ?”
25. “The verses in it say and say: / ‘The ones who living come today / To read the stones and go away / Tomorrow dead will come to stay.’ ”
26. “Men hate to die / And have stopped dying now forever.”
27. “I do not see why I should e'er turn back, / Or those should not set forth upon my track / To overtake me, who should miss me here / And long to know if still I held them dear.”
28. “And then we were vouchsafed a miracle / That never yet to other two befell / And I alone of us have lived to tell.”
29. “He asked with the eyes more than the lips / For a shelter for the night, / And he turned and looked at the road afar / Without a window light.”
30. “We keep the wall between us as we go.”
31. “My apple trees will never get across / And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. / He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbours.’ ”
32. “Save only me; / There is none left to mourn thee. . .”
33. “My Sorrow, when she's here with me, / Thinks these dark days of autumn rain / Are beautiful as days can be. . .”
34. “The desolate, deserted trees, / The faded earth, the heavy sky, / The beauties she so truly sees, / She thinks I have no eye for these, / And vexes me for reason why.”
35. “Be that as may be, she was in their song.”
36. “ ‘Enough,’ / Yet not enough. A bullet through and through. . .”
37. “She dared no more than ask him with her eyes / How was it with him for a second trial. / And with his eyes he asked her not to ask. / They had given him back to her, but not to keep.”
38. “We may as well go patiently on with our life, / And look elsewhere than to stars and moon and sun / For the shocks and changes we need to keep us sane.”
39. “The calm seems certainly safe to last to-night.”
40. “They listened at his heart. / Little - less - nothing! - and that ended it. / No more to build on there. And they, since they / Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.”
41. “Die early and avoid the fate.”
42. “If need be occupy a throne, / Where nobody can call you crone.”
43. “What worked for them might work for you. / No memory of having starred / Atones for later disregard / Or keeps the end from being hard.”
44. “Better to go down dignified / With boughten friendship at your side / Than none at all.”
45. “You come fetch me from my work to-night / When supper’s on the table. . .”
46. “Never have I been glad or sad / That there was such a thing as bad. / There had to be, I understood, / For there to have been any good.”
47. “But oh, the agitated heart / Till someone finds us really out.”
48. “But I recognized death / With sorrow and dread, / And I hated and hate / The spoils of the dead.”
49. “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before I sleep.”
50. “Man acts more like the poor bear in a cage, / That all day fights a nervous inward rage, / His mood rejecting all his mind suggests.”
51. “Why not sit down if you are in no haste? / These doorsteps seldom have a visitor.”
52. “Strange how such innocence gets its own way. / I shouldn't be surprised if in this world / It were the force that would at last prevail.”
53. “Such a phrase couldn’t have meant much to her.”
54. “And my flame made a pinnacle to heaven / As I walked once round it in possession.”
55. “Oh, but war’s not for children—it’s for men.”
56. “My dears, my dears, you thought that—we all thought it. / So your mistake was ours.”
57. “I said that nearly half an hour ago. / I said it to myself as much as you.”
58. “No one liked the boss. / He was one of the kind sports call a spider. . .”
59. “I'd like to get away from earth awhile / And then come back to it and begin over.”
60. “A miserable sight, and frightening, too-- / You needn't smile--I didn't recognise him-- / I wasn't looking for him--and he's changed.”
61. “I sympathise. I know just how it feels / To think of the right thing to say too late.”
62. “He thinks if he could teach him that, he'd be / Some good perhaps to someone in the world.”
63. “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.”
64. “You'll be surprised at him--how much he's broken.”
65. “We saw the risk we took in doing good, / But dared not spare to do the best we could / Though harm should come of it. . .”
66. “All this to prove we cared. Why is there then / No more to tell? We turned to other things.”
67. “ ‘You’re not to come,’ she said. ‘This is my business. / If the time’s come to face it, I’m the one / To put it the right way.’ ”
68. “But it’s nonsense to think he’d care enough.”
69. “You understand that we have to be careful. / This is very, very lonely place.”
70. “Something we were withholding made us weak / Until we found out that it was ourselves. . .”
71. “It was too lonely for her there, / And too wild. . .”
72. “She strayed so far she scarcely heard / When he called her-- / And didn’t answer--didn’t speak-- / Or return.”
73. “The birds that came to it through the air / At broken windows flew out and in, / Their murmur more like the sigh we sigh / From too much dwelling on what has been.”
74. “You, of course, are a rose - / But were always a rose.”
75. “We dance round in a ring and suppose, / But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”
76. “If we who sight along it round the world, / See nothing worthy to have been its mark, / It is because like men we look too near, / Forgetting that as fitted to the sphere, / Our missiles always make too short an arc.”
77. “Well, all we said was / He took a strange thing to be roguish over.”
78. “I recollect a night of broken clouds / And underfoot snow melted down to ice, / And melting further in the wind to mud.”
79. “But he had gone his way . . . / And I must be, as he had been—alone, / ‘As all must be,’ I said within my heart, / ‘Whether they work together or apart.’ ”
80. “I meant, you meant, that nothing should remain / Unsaid between us, brother, and this remained-- / And one thing more that was not then to say: / The Victory for what it lost and gained.”
81. “I have seen you taken and tossed, / And if you have seen me when I slept, / You have seen me when I was taken and swept / And all but lost.”
82. “Why don’t you make some motion? / Or give some sign of life? Because you can’t. / I doubt if you’re as living as you look.”
83. “Only where love and need are one, / And the work is play for mortal stakes, / Is the deed ever really done / For Heaven and the future's sakes.”
84. “He was a winter wind, / Concerned with ice and snow, / Dead weeds and unmated birds, / And little of love could know.”

Posted: 11/28/13 | Deadline: None




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