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poems/quotations etc that have meaning for you

Postby mia » 12 Apr 2013 04:09

Here's a thread I hope you will enjoy and find inspiration in. How about poems, quotations and words that have inspired, guided, comforted or taught you something you value? I do hope you will contribute. What touches us can be an expression of our deepest selves.

I'll start. Here is an inscription, found at the entrance to a woods in England:

" enter this wild wood
And view the haunts of Nature. The calm shade
Shall bring a kindred calm; and the sweet breeze
That makes the green leaves dance, shall waft a balm
To thy sick heart. Thou wilt find nothing here
Of all that pained thee in the haunts of man
And made thee loath thy life.

I find this inscription heartbreaking; and a real expression of the human condition.
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Postby mia » 12 Apr 2013 04:10

and one more that I love;

"The human body is a sacred garment."
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Postby Worldenterer1 » 12 Apr 2013 04:15

This is a cool poem about America. It's called "Ragged Old Flag"

I walked through a county courthouse square.
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your old Court House is kinda run down."
He said, "No, it will do for our little town."
I said, "Your old flag Pole is leaning a little bit.
And that's a ragged old Flag you've got hanging on it."

He said, "Have a seat," and I sat down
"Is the first time that you've been to our little town?"
"Well," he said, "I don't like to brag,
But we're kinda proud of that ragged old Flag.

You see, we got a little hole in the Flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder burns, the night Francis Scott Key,
Sat watching it, writing 'Oh, Say, Can You See.'

And it got a bad rip at New Orleans,
When Packingham and Jackson took it to the scene
And, it almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas Flag
But she waved on through
She got cut with a sword at Chancerville,
And she got cut again at Shilo Hill
There was Robert E. Lee, Bouregard and Bragg
The South wind blew hard on that Old Ragged Flag
On Flanders Field in World War One
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun
She turned BLOOD RED World War Two,
And she hung limp and low a time or two.
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went from our ships upon the briny foam.

Now they've about quit waving her back here at home
In our good land she's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused
And the Government for which she stands
Is scandalized through out the land.

She's getting threadbare and she's wearing thin,
But, she's in good shape for the shape she's in,
Because she's been through the fire before,
I believe she can take a whole lot more.

So we raise her up every morning, and we
Take her down every night,
We don't let her touch the ground,
and we fold her up right.

On second thought, I DO LIKE TO BRAG,

BECAUSE I'M MIGHTY PROUD OF THAT RAGGED OLD FLAG!
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Postby LucidLink » 12 Apr 2013 16:20

Book of Enoch 1: V.1-5
1.Observe ye how the trees cover themselves with green leaves and bear fruit: wherefore give ye heed {and know} with regard to all {His Works}, and recognize how He that liveth for ever hath made so.
2. And {all} His works go on {thus} from year to year {for ever,} and all the tasks which they accomplish for Him, and {their tasks} change not, but according as <<God>> hath ordained so is it done.
3. And behold how the sea and the rivers in like manner accomplish {and change not} their tasks {from His commandments.}
4. But ye-ye have not been steadfast, nor done the commandments of the Lord,
But ye have turned away and spoken proud and hard words
With your impure mouths against his Greatness.
Oh, ye hard-hearted, ye shall find no peace.
5. Therefore shall ye execrate your days,
And the years of your life shall perish,
And the years of your destruction shall be multipled in eternal execration.
And ye shall find no mercy.

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Postby LucidLink » 12 Apr 2013 16:39

mia wrote:and one more that I love;

"The human body is a sacred garment."

I like this quote as well! Do you know who said it?

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Postby mia » 13 Apr 2013 01:57

It was Martha Graham (a most beautiful and talented ballet dancer. I studied ballet for some time; our teacher frequently quoted this.)
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Postby LucidLink » 13 Apr 2013 16:51

It's very fitting to how I veiw the physical body, it's something like our spirit just wears Intill we die, and then we take it off. But it's sacred because it still provided with us a whole life of experiences.
Also here is a powerful quote by Henry Ford, it's true for life, but even more true for dreams. Henry Ford "Believe you can't, believe you can. Either way your right."

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Postby mia » 13 Apr 2013 17:00

Yes. And I think it indicates why we should respect and take care of our bodies too. It is a gift that allows us to experience this world and this life.
I like that Ford quotation too LucidLink ( I believe you said you were Cole?). I have experience in my life of how true that is.
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Postby mia » 13 Apr 2013 17:16

And here is another; though a bit long; from the book 'The Empire of Tea' by Alan and Iris MacFarlane about their experiences in India. This is where she was taken by an Indian friend to visit a holy man. She was a white, educated, 'upper class' woman, who was sceptical but kindly tolerant of all of the 'magic' surrounding her in the Indian's beliefs. :

" ... What happened next I have remembered for the rest of my life. A hand rested on my bent head, and through it, onto my clammy forehead, into my dusty scalp, right inside my head and then flowing down my body, sweetness and strength filled me. It was like sunshine pouring into a dark room, like rain falling on dry earth. It was as if the windows of my mind had opened and all the beauty of the world blown in. It was the secret of happiness plainly revealed.
When he took his hand away, the joy remained. He spoke a few halting words; his lack of English was like a rock he said, but round it and over it would flow wisdom. Distance didn't matter, no matter the miles between us, he would always be there, his hands ready to bless. Did he know- I think he did- how often in moments of despair I would cross that great river, climb that dusty path, and lay my aching head down at his sacred feet? "
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