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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Strong


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                                                                                                      Running
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         Through the Streets
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            Steadily             Suredly                    Confidently               Calmly
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                                                  Strongly
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I’m almost there
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                Almost made it
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Right turn ahead                                                                                >>>>>>>>>
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                                                                     The Final Stretch!!!
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I can see the Finish Line!                                                                                |
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Closer!                                                                                 |
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-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                                         BOOM!!!!                           |
-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                BOOM!!!!                                                                     |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                                               In Front                              |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                Behind                                                                              |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                 Shattered Calm                                                                 |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                                              Shattered Happiness            |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                          Shattered                                                |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                Roads                                          tattered                          |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
              People                                          battered                          |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
Everywhere I look                                                                               |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                             I see                                                    |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                Blood                                                                                |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                                           In Front                                  |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                Behind                                                                              |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                           On me                                                   |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                          I’m ok                                                     |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                       I can help!                                                  |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                                               Be Calm                            |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                Be Steady                                                                         |
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-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                                          Be Confident                           |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                Be Sure                                                                            |
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-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                                    BE STRONG                                                 |
-^-^^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- -^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^   ^-  - ^ -^ -  -  ^- ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|


-^^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^^-^-^-^-^-^-^- ^-  - ^ - ^   -^ ^-^ ^ -  ^ ^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-|
                BOSTON                                 STRONG                            |
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In Silence
                                                  We stood with you                          Together
Steadily                   Suredly                    Confidently            Calmly

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                                Next Year                                                 
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              Running                                                    With      You
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         Steadily                   Suredly                    Confidently            Calmly                                
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                                                   Strongly        
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Familiar Theme

Best Poem in the World1 (Unknown Author)

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged the angel2, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.3

'And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber - give me a clue.'
'Hush, child,' it4 said,
'they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.




1 I have no idea why it's called this. I hardly think it can be called the best poem in the world.

2 Originally said Jesus. Never liked him very much, so I changed it. And for goodness sake, this newly entered-to-heaven guy is 'nudging' him?!

3 God can't make mistakes... Ever. That I decided to leave in the poem. Not sure why one and not the other, but I can never figure out how my mind works so why start now?

4 Originally said He. For the feminists out there, I made the angel an it. Actually, no. But I think I saw somewhere that there are heavenly female somethings, and I wanted there to be no question of 'He' being a reference to God.



This poem is awesome. Not for the message, which is excellent, as it's not a revelation to us. The ambiguity of it is amazing. Is he in Heaven and the rest are with him all with their own complaints against him and surprised to see him there? Or is he in Hell after misreading the big letters above 'Heaven's Door' and everyone is surprised because they thought he was so great? Mind warp.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Doing Favors


Offer me a favor, please do
If you accept, I'll rely on you
The date comes and it's due
You're gone and everything's askew

I ask you for a favor and you accept
At what I'm asking, you're quite adept
But at coming on time you're quite inept
Again and again you tell me "I overslept"

When you accept a responsibility
One which is well within your capability
You're young, with no excuse for senility
You mess up, and don't expect hostility?

I offer a favor and you say yes
You show up at my door, quite a mess
"That favor?! That's quite in excess"
"And taking advantage of my largess"

You then ask me for a favor
"Only 20 minutes" seeing me waver
"Please, you'd be a life saver"
3 hours later, "Yes, you should quaver!"

The same guy it was every time
Guilty of the same darn crime
I continue to answer the phone chime
Because as a friend, he is sublime

For a favor, please don't offer or ask
Then not do it, or do it half-assed
Ask me, knowing I'm not up to the task
I swear, you're sending me to the flask

You're a good friend, you really are
Which is why I find it really bizarre
That with favors you're way below par
But aside from that, I know we'll go far

Good friends one hopes to keep for life
Even when they are a cause of strife
They may help you find your wife
They'll also, generally, listen to you feif*



*Whistle in Yiddish (in context, vent)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

LtSN #3


I never liked cursing. It's uncouth, rude and necessitates a certain forgiving of ones character and morals to use foul language. When I hear people use these words I cringe and, on the rare occasion that I let one slip, I immediately berate myself for having done so.

And then there's what happened the other day. Not only did I curse, I did so in front of someone else. Twice. Not at him, but at his source. You see, A told B something that he shouldn't have. Not only should not have, but did so for the one and only reason to be a gossip. To have information that B had not been privy to and share it with him. Share it with B, knowing that he would then approach me about it. Share it with him, knowing how much the topic would upset me and ruin my mood. Ruin my night and my week.

This source, A, is someone, who by nature of who he is, had the information. The second person, is not. And so A decided to share it with B. Not for my well-being, not for my own sake, not for any other reason than to have a juicy piece of gossip to share. To elicit a reaction.

And to that, I tell you, A, go $@#% yourself.

Moments after I found out that this personal information had been passed from A to B, I bumped into B. The first thought that crossed my mind was to walk over and say the earlier stated phrase. But I didn't. 

It felt good afterwards, as it always does, as I progress on my journey to learning to say nothing.