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Poetry For My “Hatch Day”, Since 1959 – Bells

Edgar Allan Poe
Cover of Edgar Allan Poe

“I

Hear the sledges with the bells –
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells –
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

II

Hear the mellow wedding bells –
Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight! –
From the molten – golden notes,
And all in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle – dove that listens, while she gloats
On the moon!
Oh, from out the sounding cells,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! – how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing
Of the bells, bells, bells –
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells –
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

III

Hear the loud alarum bells –
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor
Now – now to sit, or never,
By the side of the pale – faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear, it fully knows,
By the twanging,
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows;
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling,
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells –
Of the bells –
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells –
In the clamor and the clanging of the bells!

IV

Hear the tolling of the bells –
Iron bells!
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
In the silence of the night,
How we shiver with affright
At the melancholy menace of their tone!
For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.
And the people – ah, the people –
They that dwell up in the steeple,
All alone,
And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,
In that muffled monotone,
Feel a glory in so rolling
On the human heart a stone –
They are neither man nor woman –
They are neither brute nor human –
They are Ghouls: –
And their king it is who tolls: –
And he rolls, rolls, rolls,
Rolls
A paean from the bells!
And his merry bosom swells
With the paean of the bells!
And he dances, and he yells;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the paean of the bells: –
Of the bells:
Keeping time, time, time
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the throbbing of the bells –
Of the bells, bells, bells: –
To the sobbing of the bells: –
Keeping time, time, time,
As he knells, knells, knells,
In a happy Runic rhyme,
To the rolling of the bells –
Of the bells, bells, bells –
To the tolling of the bells –
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells, –
To the moaning and the groaning of the bells. ”
Edgar Allan Poe

 

Poetry of the Day 24 November 2013 – Invictus

Invictus, inscribed
Invictus, inscribed (Photo credit: Arati Kumar-Rao)

“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
? William Ernest HenleyInvictus

Keep Your Politics Off of MY Facebook

Salt-N-Pepa
Cover of Salt-N-Pepa

Let’s talk about sex bay-bee… Let’s talk about you and me… Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be.” [Salt ‘N’ Pepa]

Let’s talk about cats and dogs…
Let’s talk about philosophy…
Let’s talk about crime…
Let’s talk about sexual predators
Let’s talk about hunger…
Let’s talk about homelessness…
Let’s talk about the things we like…
Let’s talk about family…
Let’s talk about love…
Let’s talk about peace…
let’s talk about happiness…
Let’s talk to friends…
Let’s laugh…
Let’s be social…
Let’s share happy things…
Let’s talk about the good…
Let’s be a voice for something good…
Let’s be something good…
Let’s make a difference…

Political speech on facebook is oversimplified propaganda no matter what the political flavor is. Posting political meme’s with images and text demonizing a politician is propaganda. None of it contributes to a real conversation. It only shows us your intolerance for your neighbor… your friends… your family. Why would you want to alienate them???

It makes you hateful and say things you would never say to someone’s face. It’s tantamount to proselytizing religious beliefs and trying to convert someone so they fit the image you want to see in them. Propaganda will never influence an opinion that should be based on fact, not feeling.

It makes YOU UNHAPPY!!! It makes YOU miserable. It makes you obsessively watch talking heads on competing entertainment (news) networks. It makes you argue about the arguments.

DO YOU WALK INTO SOMEONE’S HOME AND CALL THEM A FUCKING ASSHOLE (OR WORSE) BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS??? IF YOU TALK POLITICS ON FACEBOOK, THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE DOING. THE POLITICAL MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK POISONS REASONABLE DEBATE. IT’S ALL INSULTING.

OK… tell us your opinion… ONCE… if at all. Posting images of hate and ignorance alienates friends and family and diminishes the value of more personal things, more valuable things you want to share. Who cares about the beautiful picture of your child or your dog when it is surrounded by your hatred of someone across the street and their beliefs.

How many times do you have to tell us about the 2nd amendment and how someone is (not) going to take your weapons. No one is taking mine. No one is taking yours… unless of course your a convicted felon or someone else who shouldn’t have a weapon because they are a danger to themselves or others. It’s all bullshit.

None of it is “social”. It’s entirely anti-social.

STOP IT… NOW!

Quote of the Day 5 November 2013 – Nonsense

Photo of Ray Bradbury.
Photo of Ray Bradbury. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
— Ray Bradbury

Quote of the Day 29 October 2013 – Fear

Cover of "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing...
Cover via Amazon

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
Natalie GoldbergWriting Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Poetry Reading of the Day 23 October 2013 – Desiderata

Desiderata

1976 edition of The Desiderata of Happiness po...
1976 edition of The Desiderata of Happiness poetry collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be
greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career
however humble;
it is a real possession in the
changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Max Ehrmann
Max Ehrmann (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham,
drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”
Max Ehrmann The Desiderata of Happiness

 

 

Quote of the Day 17 October 2013 – Traits We Detest

John Steinbeck's poem plague near the City Lig...
John Steinbeck’s poem plague near the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco Chinatown’s Jack Kerouac Alley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It always seemed strange to me… the thing we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second”. [John Steinbeck]

Plato said it early on: “Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty”.

Honesty
Honesty (Photo credit: las – initially)

As you read the quote from John Steinbeck about the things we detest, there is a message that gets lost in his quote. It begins with the things we love to see in a person. Honesty. And the fact is, honesty isn’t everything it’s defined to be. Honesty can be one of the things we detest in a person as it hurts and can be excruciating and painful… The truth hurts sometimes, quite often as a matter of fact and it makes it one of the traits we detest. It leads to reading between the lines and out-front that openness that will come with honesty can reveal egotism and self-interest.

Honesty can be the most dangerous game because you can really hurt someone, and hurt them to the bone chilling core and feel as though you’ve done the right thing. The righteous thing. One of the traits we detest. And without intention… Without malice. And even with love. In the end, love hurts too and becomes a trait we detest.

Quote of the Day 04 October 2013 ~ Peaceful Frame of Mind

 

Laughter Yoga - Dec 30, 2012
Laughter Yoga – Dec 30, 2012 (Photo credit: BMW Guggenheim Lab)

Laughter is a pleasant sound, it spreads joy all around Whether you’re young or old, laughter can be like Magic to our souls, whenever we’re feeling sad Laughter can sustain us so that things don’t seem Quite so bad, if we give into laughter, it can be like A cure for something that seems impossible to endure So any time your spirits need a lift fill yourself With laughter and you will find, a much happier Person with a peaceful frame of mind.  Ritu Ghatourey 

one’s frame of mind relative to a peaceful frame of mind

Developing a peaceful frame of mind is not the most complicated thing you will ever do, but it sure can be a lot of fun along the way.

Quote of the Day 03 October 2013 – I Am Never Alone

English: A logo for the Quote of the Day on Si...
Quote of the Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “I am never alone”

I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?

~ C. Joybell
<from Goodreads.com>

About this author:

C. JoyBell C. is best known for her love of cake, especially that of the red velvet nature. She is also known for her poetry, prose, novel-writing and is famed for her philosophical writings and speeches, many of which have been quoted in various books by different authors and can also be appreciated as incorporated by many artists into their diverse pieces. Moreover, there are those who simply want to look at her pictures! She will say to you “Céad míle fáilte!” (A hundred thousand welcomes!) and “A viaxe continúa!” (The journey continues!)

Can you say I am never alone and mean it at the same time?

English: Photograph of a slice of a 4-layer re...
I am never alone with a slice of a 4-layer red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quote of the Day 07 September 2013

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English: An alternative logo for the Quote of the Day on Simple English Wikiquote (but may be used elsewhere). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success – when you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” ~tim tebow [just another unemployed quarterback with mediocre talent]