Archive for November, 2006

A spoon of salt

Let yourself be open and life will be easier.
A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable.
A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
                                              — Buddha


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Hope is the thing with feathers

 that perches in the soul –

 and sings the tunes without the words –

 and never stops at all.

                                 Emily Dickinson 

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Inuit song

I think over again my small adventures, my fears,

 These small ones that seemed so big.

 For all the things I had to get
and to reach.

 And yet there is only one great thing.

 The only thing.

 To live to see the great day that dawns.

 And the light that fills the world.

                                                                     Inuit song

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The Eagle

HE clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

                                               Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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How refreshing

how refreshing –
the whinny of a packhorse
unloaded of everything!

                Zen saying

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Oh Joy that seekest me through pain

I cannot close my heart to thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain,

That morn shall tearless be.


                                                “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”
                                                     hymn by George Matheson

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And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light,
In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
But westward, look, the land is bright.
                        Arthur Hugh Clough
                          “Say not the Struggle Nought Availeth”

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