‘Your smile is a beautifully written line
I hope to write some day.’

– Michael Faudet. 2014. Dirty Pretty Things.


Live for the little things


‘Someone once said to me: you should live for the little things. Live for the sunrise at 5 a. m. and the sunset at 5 p. m., live for the road trips, for bike rides with music in your ears and wind in your hair, live for dancing in the rain, live for laughing till you cry, live for your favorite songs and good books, for smiling for no reason, for long talks, for tea with cookies, for resting after endless tiring days, for the glint in someone’s eye. Live for the night adventures and for the stars that guide you home. Live for the people who remember how you take your tea, and that you hate onions. Live for your first kiss and long promenades, for hugs, and for meeting new people, for unexpected gifts, and the long-awaited ’yes’. Live for those little things that make you feel alive.’

Zali Zelveger

The Lantern Out of Doors

‘Men go by me whom either beauty bright
In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.’

– Gerard Manley Hopkins. The Lantern Out of Doors. In As kingfishers catch fire.

‘As kingfishers catch fire’

‘Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves – goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins. ‘As kingfishers catch fire’. In As kingfishers catch fire.

God’s Grandeur

‘Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.’

– Gerard Manley Hopkins. God’s Grandeur. In As kingfishers catch fire.

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