Thursday, May 5, 2011

PrettyHappyFunnyReal WORDS

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.(A Prayer in Spring- R. Burns)

All the wealth in the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united. (Blessed Margaret d'Youville)

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar! (Messy Room- Silverstein)

"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness." (Gilbert, of course)

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  1. I love this post. Your mind is universal in scope and this blog is the bomb.

  2. I love Silverstein! Good quote.

  3. 'Cathy'- nope- I'm just an English major type ;)

    Darren- he's a silly genius- I think he got loads of kids to read poetry

  4. I love word pictures (poems) most of all.
    "Oh Dear, I knew it looked familiar." I laughed.

    Thank you

  5. Love the words edition of phfr-great idea! The Gilbert quote is a favorite of mine.

  6. Good work making your post with words. And those from Chesterton are priceless! Not just words, a byword :)


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