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- That was the hardest part, I admit, but I had a
kind of dark foreknowledge of what it would be like.
Everything, from eating watermelon or going to the bathroom
or just standing on a subway platform, lost in thought
for a few minutes, or worrying about rain forests,
would be affected, or more precisely, inflected
by my new attitude. I wouldn't be preachy,
or worry about children and old people, except
in the general way prescribed by our clockwork universe.
- John Ashbery, "My Philosophy of Life" (1995)
- The fish has too many bones
and the watermelon too many seeds.
- Charles Reznikoff, "The Old Man" (1969)
- Green Buddhas
On the fruit stand.
We eat the smile
And spit out the teeth.
- Charles Simic, "Watermelons" (1974)
- To cut with a sharp knife a bright green watermelon on a big scarlet plate of a summer afternoon. Ah, is this not happiness?
- Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living (1937), "Chin's Thirty-three Happy Moments", p. 134