January 2011 Archives

Ode: Intimations of Immortality

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Thanks to the human heart by which we live, Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears, To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

-William Wordsworth

- Posted from my iPhone


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By Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Feet firmly perch
thinnest stalks, reeds, bulrush.
Until all at once, they attend my
female form, streaked throat, brownness.

Three fly equidistant
around me, flashing.
Each, in turn, calls territorial
trills, beckons ok-a-li, ok-a-li!

Spreads his wings, extends
inner muscle quivering red
epaulet bands uniquely bolden.

Turn away each suitor,
mind myself my audience.
Select another to consider,
He in turn quiver thrills.

Leave for insects.
Perhaps one male follows.
Maybe a few brood of young,
line summertime.

Silver Maple samaras
wing wind, spread clusters
along with mine, renewing Prairie.

As summer closes, I leave
dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies,
mosquitoes, moths, spiders, crickets for grain, see, Sunflower;
join thousands to flock Sky—
grackles, blackbirds, cowbirds, starlings—
Swarming like distant smoke clouds, rising.

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Love Yourself.

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(blatantly stolen from my friend @lorisays)


Give thanks for this day because none is promised to any of us.  Give thanks for being able to see and to hear.  Give thanks for being able to walk and talk.  And if you are lucky enough to love and be loved, give thanks.

Seek forgiveness where you need it.  Give forgiveness where you can.  And where you can't, be willing to be willing.

Take a moment to remember those less fortunate.   Take a moment to encourage someone.  Take a moment to remember how far you have come from where you have been.  Take a moment to know that you are truly blessed.

Practice acceptance.   Practice gratitude.  Practice humility.

Give and believe that the smallest kindness will come back to you in ways you cannot imagine.  Give even when you believe you have nothing to give. Give and know that you will get back more than you had.   Give your best and let your best be enough.

Clear your mind.  Listen to the still small voice.  Follow good advice even if its hard.  Live where the needle hits the record.

Oh, if none of this works for you, there's also a recipe for bacon brownies on here.  Maybe that will work.

(This is from the blog of my friend @lorisays which I hope you will take some time to read here. She is wonderful.)

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