Share memorable first line of poems, novels, songs, etc; the opening sentence that grabs your attention - the first line/opening sentence that you quote over and over and can never forget. Be sure to list the author, the title and say why it's memorable.

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“To the As-Yet-Unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life".

“To the As-Yet-Unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life. I have caught life. I have come down with life. I was a wisp of undifferentiated nothingness, and then a little peephole opened quite suddenly. Light and sound poured in. Voices began to describe me and my surroundings. Nothing they said could be appealed. They said I was a boy named Rudolf Waltz, and that was that. They said the year was 1932, and that was that. They said I was in Midland City,…

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THE CREATION by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

"AND God stepped out on space, And He looked around and said,"I'm lonely -- I'll make me a world."   And far as the eye of God could see Darkness covered everything, Blacker than a hundred midnights Down in a cypress swamp..." ~~ THE CREATION by: James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)http://www.bing.com/search?q=the+creation+by+james+weldon+johnson&form=MOZSBR&pc=MOZI Things I take away from these two stanzas: The darker (heavier) motions and ways of being lights the spaces in which creation occurs.…

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"We were the best of friends..."

The first line is from Diana Ross' song, "No One Gets The Prize." This first liner does affect me as I have seen friendships ruined over fighting over a man. My ex-husband and a very young friend flirted at a holiday dinner in 2004. Our marriage was over at the time. It was not all my friend's fault. Yet, she did encourgage my then-husband. I never said a thing to either of them but was just disappointed with such uncouth behavior. Our friendship faded as I divorced my husband and eventually…

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DYLAN THOMAS: When Like A Running Grave

"When, like a running grave, time tracks you down,.." Dylan Thomas - When Like A Running Grave - from the Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas. This poem has 10 stanzas and each stanza is a sentence. The first phrase of each sentence is so vivid, gripping and dramatic and I tend to knit these phrases together creating a brand new poem. I am reminded of how fleeting life is and that in each moment I am teetering in "...the graveward.." and the graveyard side of life.

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Thomas Hardy, Far From The Maddening Crowd

"When Farmer Oak smiles, his eyes were reduced to kinks and diverging wrinkles appear around them like the rudimentary sketch of the rising sun," Thomas Hardy, Far From The Maddening Crowd.   So vivid. I can see farmer Oak and I get to be intimately related to him as jovial and warm. This sentence is so simple and detailed. I read Far from the Maddening Crowd in high school, decades ago, and this is all I remember about it. I woke up Sunday morning quoting this open line. This is the…

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