Courage

 
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What makes people unsatisfied
is that they accept lies.
 
If people had courage, and refused lies
and found out what they really felt and really meant
and acted on it,
 
They would distil the essential oil out of every experience
and like hazel-nuts in autumn, at last
be sweet and sound.
D. H Lawrence
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The World Says

 

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You are alone. No one will understand.

No one will ever know what you have done

Or ever read a word that you have written.

When you are gone, your work will be forgotten

And every sign that you have lived will fade.

 

I say: Hmmm. Let me think. Yep,

That sounds right. I expect nothing

Less than complete oblivion. In fact, I’m

Counting on it. My work is mine, not yours.

Ha ha. So there. The world pauses, thinking.

 

Then says.  Hmmm. Perhaps I was too hasty.

I say: Available through your local bookstore.

 

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Hope

Red leaves

 

Behind my home there is a young tree, a sapling I suppose, planted a few years ago to replace another that had died. It's a  maple I think and this year was the first that the leaves turned that rich autumn red. 
 
Most of them are gone now, fallen as is usual, but at the very top of the tree there is a cluster that hangs on. For some reason, every time I see them, they give me hope. I think we may have to rephrase Emily Dickinson a bit:
 
 
Hope is the tree with red leaves
That linger at the top
And waver in the winter wind
And never wish to drop
 
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On Brighton Beach

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On Brighton Beach, the tourists say,

        the ice cream vendors come this way,

and come and go,

          and come and go,

on Brighton Beach,

        the tourists know.

 

On Brighton Beach, the bathers say,

        the shifting waves are quick and gay,

and come and go,

       and come and go,

on Brighton Beach,

        the bathers know.

 

On Brighton Beach, I've never heard

        the sleeping sand to say a word.

But come and go,

        and come and go,

the dreaming sand

        will never know.

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