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Three very special posts

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by rona, Apr 22, 2011.


  1. rona

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    W. H. Davies
    Leisure
    WHAT is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—
    No time to stand beneath the boughs,
    And stare as long as sheep and cows:
    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance:
    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began?
    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.
     
  2. rona

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    The Power of the Dog

    THERE is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie--
    Perfect passion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find--it's your own affair--
    But...you've given your heart for a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!);
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart for the dog to tear.

    We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-time loan is as bad as a long--
    So why in Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    Rudyard Kipling
     
  3. Amethyst

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    I do like that poem, wise words indeed :)
     
  4. rona

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    If

    IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim,
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same:
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
    And never breathe a word about your loss:
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings -- nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

    Rudyard Kipling
     
  5. rona

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    I am now top poster with 22478 posts :eek:
     
  6. KathrynH

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    Well done you, lovely poems :)
     
  7. metame

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    i have tears in my eays fro 'the power of the dog'
     
  8. RAINYBOW

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    Thankyou for those Rona xx

    And congratulations ;) Anyone who knows you on here will know that all those posts have been well considered and always as helpful as you are able to be on a thread.

    You are rational and honest in debate and calm in the face of opposition, raising my glass in your general direction as a "Petforum Legend" xxx
     
  9. catz4m8z

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    That is a scary amount of posting!:eek:
    :D

    Very good poems though, I hadnt heard the dog one before. I especially love the first one, too many people dont stop to enjoy the simple things in life.:)
     
  10. manic rose

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    congrats :001_smile:
     
  11. rona

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    Thank you. I considered writing some words of wisdom of my own but thought these three poems basically sum up me and my vision on life :)
    and i'm lazy
     
  12. RAINYBOW

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    LOL .. why go to all that trouble when they say it all for you ;)
     
  13. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    Congratulations :D

    Great choice of poems - a great way to achive the top spot :)
     
  14. rona

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    Don't arf post a lot for someone that doesn't talk much, eh? :lol:
     
  15. metame

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    you bloody DO talk!

    :lol:
     
  16. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I was wondering how you've managed it ;)
    I talk to much and don't type enough :p
     
  17. rona

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    Only cos you shut up :001_tt2:
     
  18. metame

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    i did not shup up!
    im really really quiet!
     
  19. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    Bet you just didn't get a chance to get a word in ;)
     
  20. metame

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    wouldnt have wanted to :lol:
     
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