Flittering, fluttering, butterfly wings One of life’s wonders such beautiful things Alighting on flowers and floating on high Painting new portraits way up in the sky Some look like tigers and some look like eyes There’s so much to see as the butterfly flies You may be surprised at the height they can soar Six […]
Here is another lovely fragment from Mala of the Heart, this time by Hafiz of Persia (Iran). It reminds me of the need and mutual benefit of kindness in the world. God blooms from the shoulder of the elephant who becomes courteous to the ant. *** Hafiz (ca. 1320-1389) was born in the garden city of Shiraz. It is said that after the early […]
Another Summer based poem shared from Whispers and Echoes. Please follow the link.
Summer rain so warm and wet only to be expected, yet…. I see a bit of blue sky there Come my love, let’s not despair * It’s ages since we picnicked here and now the sun’s come out it’s clear we’ll sit down here beneath the trees and rest our plates upon our knees * […]
Please click on the link below to read my “A day at the beach” in 10 lines!
Puffy white clouds avoiding the crowds buckets and spades put on the shades ice creams we lick `em seagulls they nick `em toddlers shout family day out sun, sea, and sand isn’t it grand! Peter Matthews, a country boy at heart, lives with his wife of 47 years in the suburbs of Nottingham, England. His greatest […]
After my ponderings on Wordsworth’s Daffodils, and poetry in general, Josie Holford came up with another take on Daffodils, “The Imbeciles”. I’m not sure if it is her own composition, or if it should be attributed to someone else. If anyone knows please let me know so that I may add the attribution. Whoever wrote it, I love it!
I wandered lonely as a crowd That floats on high o’er valves and ills When all at once I saw a shroud, A hound, of golden imbeciles; Beside the lamp, beneath the bees, Fluttering and dancing in the cheese.
Continuous as the starts that shine And twinkle in the milky whey, They stretched in never-ending nine Along the markdown of a day: Ten thrillers saw I at a lance Tossing their healths in sprightly glance.
The wealths beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling wealths in key: A poker could not be but gay, In such a jocund constancy: I gazed – and gazed – but little thought What weave to me the shred had brought:
For oft, when on my count I lie In vacant or in pensive nude, They flash upon that inward fly That is the block of turpitude; And then my heat with plenty fills And dances with the imbeciles.
Josie also linked to her thoughts on daffodils which you can find here. It’s well worth a look!
by guest columnist Hal Hickenlooper It’s important for men to remember that as women age, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same standards of housekeeping as when they were younger. But when you notice this happening with your wife, try not to yell at her. Some women are oversensitive, and God knows there’s nothing worse than […]
Renee has hit the nail smack bang on the head with her assessment of the man pretending to be POTUS!
A predator in the animal kingdom is defined as an animal that kills or eats other animals for food. The most successful predators are not necessarily the biggest and the strongest. They are the ones with the sharpest predatory instincts. They are fast. They have heightened senses. They have good camoflage. They can attack without their prey ever sensing […]
“As I watched and listened, I thought, Why can’t the PW see that statistics aren’t reaching this woman? Those facts and figures don’t seem to be affecting her actual life. Even though they might be true, this woman isn’t seeing the benefit of the work being done. The PW just isn’t hearing the NEED. She’s too focused on her response that she’s not hearing the woman.”
This is so true in this particular post that I happened upon by chance, but also in todays political and social everyday life. Everyone is so intent on putting across their own view, in justifying a decision, in arguing that their way is the correct and only way, that they do not listen. They are too intent on formulating a clever response, using buzzwords that mean absolutely nothing and, in so many cases, trying to belittle, embarrass, or bully.
Please read, and enjoy, this post by Tammy Davis.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–mostly because it is a lesson I have to keep learning myself. Perception is reality. A couple weeks ago I attended an event that included a panel discussion with people presenting differing viewpoints. One woman came from an under-served neighborhood and felt abandoned by the city. She […]
For a glimpse of mid 1970’s America, especially California, you will find this a fascinating read. There is the benefit of seeing a good old fashioned “home movie”, although a very highly sophisticated one, if you follow the link:
In the mid 1970s, I worked as an exchange teacher in a California high school. It was an exciting and formative year for me and my family. 1976 was the bicentenary of American independence, and signs and flags everywhere announced “Spirit of ’76”. There was a palpable feeling of optimism. The Vietnam war was over, […]