(Poems/Prose @ www.HappyOtter.Com)
THE GIFT OF A LOVELY THOUGHT
If instead of a jewel, or even a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the
heart of another, that would be giving as the angels must give.
GOALS FOR ME
I want to love you without clutching,
appreciate you without judging,
join you without invading,
invite you without demanding,
leave you without guilt,
and help you without insulting.
If I can have the same from you
then we can truly meet and
enrich each other.
Making contact involves two people at a time
and three parts. Each person in contact with
himself or herself and each in contact with the other.
GOD, GIVE US MEN!
God, give us Men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hand;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.
--Josiah Gilbert Holland
WHAT IS GOOD?
"What is the real good?"
I asked in musing mood.
"Order," said the law court;
"Knowledge," said the school;
"Truth," said the wise man;
"Pleasure," said the fool;
"Love," said the maiden;
"Beauty," said the page;
"Freedom," said the dreamer;
"Home," said the sage;
"Fame," said the soldier;
"Equity," the seer.
Spake my heart full sadly:
"The answer is not here."
Then within my bosom
Softly this I heard:
"Each heart holds the secret:
'Kindness is the word.'"
GOOD AND BAD
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
--Edward Wallis Hoch