I enjoyed the Ken Burns biography of Mark Twain on PBS immensely, but didn't care much for his bio of Samuel Clemens. In any event here for POETRY FRIDAY is a Mark Twain poem, complements The Poetry Foundation. And I've thrown in a few Twain quotations, many of which he actually said. Quite a brain that fella Twain!
The Warm Summer Sun
by Mark Twain
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.
"I was born modest. But it didn't last.
To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
Giving up smoking is easy. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
God's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.
Familiarity breeds contempt — and children."
All quotations verified by Wikiquotes and my Uncle Alex.