Why Did My Parents Send Me To The Schools? by John Davies

Why did my parents send me to the Schools, That I with knowledge might enrich my mind? Since the desire to know first made men fools, And did corrupt the root of all mankind: Even so by tasting of that fruit forbid, Where they sought knowledge, they did error find; Ill they desir’d to know, […]

To Time’s Analysis

  THE LILAC IS AN ANCIENT SHRUB Emily Dickinson The Lilac is an ancient Shrub But ancienter than that The Firmamental Lilac Opon the Hill Tonight— The Sun subsiding on his Course Bequeathes this final plant To Contemplation—not to Touch— The Flower of Occident. Of one Corolla is the West— The Calyx is the Earth— […]

Your Restless Heart

THE CONFESSIONS Saint Augustine ‎Great art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and of Thy wisdom there is no end. And man, being a part of Thy creation, desires to praise Thee,—man, who bears about with him his mortality, the witness of his sin, even the witness that Thou […]

Negative Capability

Even the greatest musicians set theory aside when they listen to beautiful songs. In fact, if they tried to analyze every measure and note, the spell would be broken. When John Keats wrote about Negative Capability, he meant the gift of appreciating beauty without understanding it. The tortured soul who has to know the ‘why’ […]

Your Brave New World

THE TEMPEST William Shakespeare ALON. Now all the blessings Of a glad father compass thee about! Arise, and say how thou cam’st here. MIR. O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in ’t! PROS. ’Tis new to thee. Thomas More, lord […]

Under The Aspect Of Eternity

SUB SPECIE AETERNITATIS Dietrich Bonhoeffer From all this it now follows that the content of ethical problems can never be discussed in a Christian light; the possibility of erecting generally valid principles simply does not exist, because each moment, lived in God’s sight, can bring an unexpected decision. Thus only one thing can be repeated […]

The Twelfth Day Of Christmas

A SILENT PROMISE JAY EMERSON JOHNSON Light comes back as it always does just before Christmas Day like finding a treasured keepsake forgotten in attic recesses and I start to think about Hoovering up brittle evergreen needles, fingering the stubborn ones out from a wooly carpet’s fibers. Light comes back slowly tracing an ancient arc […]

Start With This One

“The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust, burn to the socket.” ~William Wordsworth from The Excursion King Richard III was interred with dignity at Leicester Cathedral after spending the last few hundred years or so under a parking lot. Well, you know how it is – you live your […]