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Happy Birthday, Frank Herbert

Happy birthday to the late, great Frank Herbert (1920-1986), science fiction author and father of the incomparable Dune series.

In his honor, two of his more Halloween-friendly poems from Songs of Muad'dib: The Poetry of Frank Herbert.


You have loved Caladan
And lamented its lost host--
But pain discovers
New lovers cannot erase
Those forever ghost.


"Refrain from the Habbanya Lament," Frank Herbert


Nature's beauteous form
Contains a lovely essence
Called by some--decay.
By this lovely presence
New life finds its way.
Tears shed silently
Are but water of the soul:
They bring new life
To the pain of being--
A separation from that seeing
Which death makes whole.


"Zensunni Theme," Frank Herbert

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toddlyles
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I'll have to tell my wife, Joelle. _Dune_ is like, her favorite book ever!

T
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
A woman of great taste! :)
estellye
Oct. 9th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
All hail one of the great ones! What a mind that man posessed!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Well said indeed! I couldn't agree more.
fenice_fu
Oct. 9th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
What a great book and a great series! The poetry and...just the whole social structure and literature within the books are amazing. Not that it has anything to do with Halloween and I could be paraphrasing wrong, but the quote that always pops into my head is Gurnsey saying "Behold, like a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work" or some such. Great great books... they rank up there with the Foundation series (at least the first few Dune books) in my mind.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
What a great book and a great series! The poetry and...just the whole social structure and literature within the books are amazing.

I couldn't agree more! :)
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