First Fig

September 22nd, 2008

My candle burns on both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes and oh, my friends–
It makes a lovely light!

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Second Fig

September 22nd, 2008

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

Edna St. Vincent Millay