Monday, February 13, 2006

Words of Wisdom from the Good Gray Poet

Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men - go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers or families - re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body.

From the 1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass

8 comments:

listener said...

That sounds very akin to the Desiderata!


Well, here's a repost from the bottom of the last thread,
in hope that everyone will see it
and go click on the orange blogger symbol in the top left corner of the main page,
then come back here and report in about whether or not they have a blog (or several) listed there,
and whether they see a GREEN + SIGN to click on,
to create a new thread.

Here's the repost:

(shadow)listener
said...

Hi Catreon! ♥

Well, here's the thing. There's nothing to look at on my dashboard.

I see no blog name and no green + sign.

It might be more useful if others in the group would go look at their dashboard and see if it's the same as mine or different.

If they have a blog listed and a green + sign and I'm the only one who doesn't, then we'll take it from there.

Ah, the mysteries of life.

If all else fails I'll email you a thread to post, the way Renee does on the HEP Blog.



8:57 PM, February 13, 2006

listener said...

Coroner: Chris Penn Died Accidentally

1 hour, 29 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES - Actor
Chris Penn died accidentally from an enlarged heart and the effects of a mix of multiple medications, the county coroner's office said Monday.

"There is absolutely no indication that this is anything but an accident," chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey said.

Penn, 40, the younger brother of
Sean Penn, was found dead in his Santa Monica condominium on Jan. 24, but the results of his autopsy and toxicology tests were not released until Monday.

Full story:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060214/ap_en_mo/chris_penn

I'm not a particular fan, not having seen any of his films,
but he was an actor,
and he died of cardiomyopathy
at age 40.

I once had a cat who died of
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which means he had an elongated heart.

He had a big heart. Hmmmm.
Maybe that's the original meaning of:
"Only the good die young."

Catreona said...

Gee listener, that's scary. And, only 40!

Catreona said...

Not to display my ignorance, or anythingg, but what's The Desiderata?

Guess I could google it...

Catreona said...

Google is an amazing and most helpful service!

Here's the link:

http://hobbes.ncsa.uiuc.edu/desiderata.html

Yes indeed, it does sound a good deal like the Whitman. I din't explore further, so know nothing about the poet. The page carries the copyright for the poem, though, 1952. So, this may have been someone consciously echoing Whitman, or perhaps someone who was familiar with Whitman and didn't realize how closely his own poem resembled the 1855 preface. Or, I suppose, it may be possible that the poet was totally unfamiliar with Whitman. That's certainly an interesting thought.

listener said...

DESIDERATA
-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --


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 the 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.

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.





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