April 4, 2009

Optimism

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Let the delightful words of this beautiful poem,
charm and inspire your busy day.



--Description: 20th C, Wilcox E., Christianity, Hope--

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough
Without your woes. No path is wholly rough;
Look for the places that are smooth and clear,
And speak of those, to rest the weary ear
Of earth, so hurt by one continuous strain
Of human discontent and grief and pain.

Talk faith. The world is better off without
Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.
If you have faith in God or man, or self,
Say so. If not, push back upon the shelf
Of silence all your thoughts, till faith shall come;
No one will grieve because your lips are dumb.

Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale
Of mortal maladies is worn and stale.
You cannot charm, or interest, or please
By harping on that minor chord, disease.
Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.


--Did You Know:  Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone".

--Word of the Day
: tartuffe (tahr-TOOF), noun
Meaning: A hypocrite who feigns virtue, especially in religious matters.

Example: "Tony Blair is like Harold Wilson, an empty vessel whose strength derives from his emptiness. (Religion is so often a substitute for depth.) Because he is a Tartuffe who does not really believe in anything, he is brilliant at seizing advantage; when he can't manipulate events, he surfs over them."
(A.N. Wilson; Further Trials of Teflon Tony; The Evening Standard
(London, UK); May 19, 2003.)
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3 comments:

BlairSupporter on April 4, 2009 at 7:17 PM said...

Loved your poem. Hated your A.N. Wilson description of Tony Blair. Wilson needs to read your poetry and wants to forget being a fully-paid up member of the Hate Blair Brigade.

The poetry might calm his mind, his traducement of Blair never will.

V. Mahfood on April 4, 2009 at 10:15 PM said...

I am actually a Blair fan myself, but did not pay enough attention to the Word of the Day example. I need to be more aware of that! Blair will definitely go down in history as the gentleman who was a politician.

RJacobPost on April 5, 2009 at 7:58 AM said...

Wilson had the backbone to go against LBJ's request to join in the Vietnam war. Blair, with Bush and the Iraq war(s) did not.

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