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A Poem for Your Thoughts

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on Nov. 21, 2001

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This is a poem written by a friend.  It’s about—well, read it and find out.  I’ll tell you who wrote it in my next journal, but before I credit it, I’m curious to hear from you about your reaction to it.

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I see my life before me,
In bleak and bounded glory.
Each clamoring possible future holding a certain failure,
Each silent insistent past offering good forgotten advice.
Highbeams of mind-sight,
Meciless, piercing streams of light and gloom,
Depict before me paths of sorrow and seductive triumph.
Of which tastes, both known and impossibly remembered,
Dance tiptoe through my mind,
Alerting dour caution and sweet ambition.
Who twist and pull and sour within,
Ripping soul and mind apart,
Leaving naked trembling uncertainty
And true identity.

My life stretches out before me,
Humble birth to humble end.
With tempting immortality available within.



 
 

 

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Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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