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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2000

This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2000 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired.  It includes content written for The Quote Garden as well as personal journals and writings.  Some entries were originally untitled with a title added later, and some were first published under other pen names.  —tg, 2023

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Fear is imagination falling off a cliff.

      DATE:  2000 Feb 20

Pen names are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves.

      DATE:  2000 Jan 18

Sometimes I get the feeling the aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches.

      TITLE:  Pain gain
      DATE:  2000 Feb 6

Laughter is therapy for physical pain, emotional pain, and the everyday pain of life.

      TITLE:  The balances
      DATE:  2000 Aug 21

Friends make you smile — best friends make you giggle 'til you pee your pants.

      TITLE:  Talking inside out
      DATE:  2000 Oct 12

My body is a bulletin board, transmitting my condition.

      DATE:  2000 Feb 25

Learn on, live on!

      TITLE:  Meanings
      DATE:  2000 Jun 16

Bodies tire out from carrying around too many heavy emotions.

      TITLE:  Dragging
      DATE:  2000 Aug 25
      NOTES:  revised

How many have made ourselves ugly from the burden of being beautiful? Made ourselves dumb because of the shame of being smart?

      TITLE:  Becoming
      DATE:  2000 Sep 29

I am not a wing
but a feather —
I can’t fly, however
all of us together
we can, by rising
do almost anything!

      TITLE:  Upward
      DATE:  2000 Dec 15

Up late with books, reading in bed—
Up early with coffee, extra lead.

      TITLE:  Biblioinsomnia
      DATE:  2000 Oct 9

A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time.

      DATE:  2000 Dec 23

Kiss:  love professed through lips.

      DATE:  2000 Dec 23

When I kiss you, I can taste your soul.

      DATE:  2000 Dec 23

Laughter isn't the only best medicine—
also healing:  the love of a dog
hugs, purring, puppy breath
quiet, sunshine, trees
prayer, joy, tears, drizzling rain
moms, dads, brothers, sisters
daughters, sons, family
books, play, friends, affection
light, sleep, greens, chocolate
solitude, company, kindness
stargazing, gardening, skipping
sincerity, smiles, nature, warmth
walks, colors, holding hands
autumn, winter, summer, spring
a simple life, gratitude, home
good shoes, wholesome foods
music, dancing, breezes, dawn
poetry, touch, caring, crayons, art

      TITLE:  Alternate prescriptions
      DATE:  2000 Jan 9
      NOTES:  revised

If you don't take care of yourself, the undertaker will take over that responsibility for you.

      TITLE:  Take care
      DATE:  2000 Mar 30
      NOTES:  revised

His father died too young.

"You're a man now," the village people told him.

"If being broken-hearted is a man," he replied from his despair, "then, yes, I suppose I'm a man."

      TITLE:  Level
      DATE:  2000 Feb 12
      NOTES:  revised

Roses and violets —
Blood is red and I am blue

      TITLE:  Purple
      DATE:  2000 Jan 12

My pen has multiple personalities.

      TITLE:  Named & maimed
      DATE:  2000 Apr 23

with pensive heads and lashing tails
my dreams alight on capricious sails

      TITLE:  Life's adventures
      DATE:  2000 May 1
      NOTES:  revised

How beautiful and ugly is this world,
producer of patchwork hearts —
torn by civilized days,
mended in nature and solitude —
some weaker at the seams than others.

      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2000 Jun 12

Hurry is a hurricane, patience a gentle breeze.

      TITLE:  Attitude is whether…
      DATE:  2000 Jul 31
      NOTES:  revised

SMILE:  an ornament of happiness

      DATE:  2000 Nov 28
      NOTES:  revised

Let your pen faithfully reflect the glint of light from your soul.

      TITLE:  No style without soul
      DATE:  2000 Sep 12

      Hope! —
Hope is the very beat of our hearts.
      Love! —
Love is the very beat of our hearts.
      Rejoice! —
Joy is the very beat of our hearts.
      Live! —
Life is the very beat of our hearts.

      TITLE:  Very
      DATE:  2000 Sep 29

If your lens is prejudice, you're wearing the wrong prescription.

      DATE:  2000 Apr 12

I used to love the darkness
But the sun is my new best friend
As soon as I embraced him
He put my misery to an end.

      DATE:  2000 Mar 9

In the map of your life, the best place to be is at the intersection of Here and Now. You can't get to any other place you want to be without starting from there.

      DATE:  2000 Nov 22

...and leave wishes to those foolish enough to make them...

      DATE:  2000 Dec 5

<!--Quotation Elation Leads to Sleep Deprivation-->

<I> need to <p>,
just as groggy as I can <b>!
Can't get my <head> straight,
my <body> aches,
barely remember my <name>.

Stayed up this morning 'til quarter of five—
couldn't get out of the site coding jive.
Eyes are blurry,
the code now a flurry;
I've crossed the <border>
twixt computer and man.

Stumble to the <table>,
find something to eat—
oops, just fell asleep in my shredded wheat!

My <face> has lost its <color>,
the <head>ache's enormous in <size>—
my <body> screams #
000000 h!
as one more brain cell dies.

I feel a cob Web in my mouth,
see a Mouse shimmy across the floor,
my Wiry hair <frame>s my <face>,
feels like I've got a mouthful of Paste.

I guess I'll go now back to bed—
think I may be <br>ain dead!

Fri 19 May 2000  08:04:17 MST

<!--End Poem-->

      TITLE:  HTML Hangover
      DATE:  2000 May 19
      NOTES:  revised

Been collecting quotes
since nineteen eighty-seven,

Be collecting them ’til
the day I go to Heaven.

And if by chance
it’s to the contrary,

Here’s hoping Hell
has a great library!

      DATE:  2000 Aug 14
      NOTES:  I had this on The Quote Garden “about me” page until in the childhood memory box my mom made for me I found my school essay on The Scarlet Letter, which was the book that really got me seriously hooked on collecting quotations. It was dated October 1986. I had only taken a best guess for 1987. So now with dated proof, I had to “eighty-six” this silly little autobio poem. But I’m keeping it anyway as a scrapbook memory. I’ve yet to attempt a rewrite rhyming the proper year, although “Styx” has great literary potential.  —tg, 2012

I hate being happy. It pisses me off. Because I know if I try to grab, it will slip away — like one of those goddamn water snake toys. And I hate just looking. I always try to grab.

      TITLE:  Slithering happiness
      DATE:  2000 Sep 30
      NOTES:  revised

America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness.

      DATE:  2000 Jun 7

I like her because she smiles at me and means it.

      DATE:  2000 Oct 12

Without health, there is no point. To anything.

      DATE:  2000 Jun 28

Idiocy flows uphill towards power.

      DATE:  2000 Oct 4
      NOTES:  inspired by "Water flows uphill towards money" (Anon.)

We can never escape God's lovely essence.

      DATE:  2000 Dec 24

Hartman finished his speech with a toast: "I'm not just retiring from the company; I'm also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my steam iron."

      DATE:  2000 Dec 22

"Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me," Hartman said in sudden seriousness. "I never felt that I had the time before to notice the true beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself."

      DATE:  2000 Dec 22

Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.

      DATE:  2000 Dec 22

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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2000

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