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- Root of the Root
It's More than a quote that I return to faithfully as a reminder to what true love really is. [at least what means to me.] It is a poem by e e Cummings titled, I Carry Your Heart (I carry it in My Heart)
This poem is not only a poem for lovers; it can be for anyone whom you feel a deep, loving connection. A parent, a sibling, your friend or even your child.
To have a love so strong and true is--to me--the greatest gift bestowed on a person, a gift to be carried in your heart forever never to be lost or taken away.
Here is the poem by E E Cummings--I Carry Your Heart (I Carry it in My Heart)
By e e Cummings
I carry your heart with me(I carry it in
my heart) I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling) I fear
no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet) I want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; (which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)
- The Air Up There
There are two super powers that I think I would enjoy having. The first would be the ability to fly and the second is invisibility. Having to only choose one, I would pick the ability to fly.
If I could fly, I wouldn't get stuck in traffic, save a bundle on fuel and I could visit all of my friends and family; (some of which live abroad.) and still make it in time to punch the time clock!
I would also want some kind of suit that would keep me warm--it's a long flight to Europe!
- Lost in Translation
For my Friend.
Aside from the obvious people I admire, (who will not be the subjects of this story) such as my mom, sisters...Mother Teresa, there a sweet, unassuming man that I met through a social network* who first came to mind when I read this prompt. His name is Michael, and I speak with him every day. He's not from my country and to be honest, we are like night and day in almost every aspect of our lives, which is what captivates me about him.
I am an American with American ideals and overall an American way of thinking and expressing those thoughts. Growing up in this country has been easy in comparison to others and the struggles people have endured for generations.
Michael has opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and living life. Being from a country a little behind in the times, (Internet introduced barely 20 years ago & dial-up is a common way of connecting) he has this innocence about him, unjaded by a society that dictates how things “should be.” Don't get me wrong, he is a very smart, hard working young man who teaches me something new every day, but will ask me what a Snickers Bar is or what I mean when I say "there's an elephant in the room." (He takes it literally--he really thinks there’s an elephant in my room.)
I understand that people I meet from anywhere outside the US are going to have cultural differences and things may get lost in translation, but with Michael his way of living and his thought process are very much unique to his part of the world with innocence as the main component. He takes life in stride and thanks The Lord for everything. He sees the good in life and in people and refuses to live his live any other way. I have never heard him complain, if he’s sick, he tells me “God is good, I’ll be ok.” If one of his friends (including myself) is sad, or hurt he feels it is his duty to help them, to give them another point of view on the matter that maybe his friend couldn't see, he will give them whatever they need within his means to help.
I have realized that growing up in America I have grown accustom to "getting what I want" to the point of expect it. For example, washing my clothes in a machine rather than beating them against a rock-which, by the way was the only way my friend knew how to wash his clothes for the better part of his life. Eating meat, yes I said meat. Michael's country does not have access to this everyday staple that I take for granite.
Although he's never had the things I expect to have, he has had a happy life, and I attribute that to the fact that he's never had the things I have access to (because of where I live.) There are no drugs, mass shootings or off the charts mental illnesses plaguing his people. The police are unarmed, and the citizens live in peace and do not walk around thinking the world owes them something.
Meeting Michael has been both enchanting and humbling. I feel very lucky to call him my friend. He has shown me how to appreciate life for what it is and to enjoy every moment because I will never get them back. He encourages me to do things out of my comfort zone, and he tells me I’m pretty.
If I can learn to change my way of thinking and have a different more positive outlook on my life and the world around it, the end result be less stress, sadness, worry, doubt and illness. What Michael gave me is a gift one that I can carry in my heart for the rest of my life. I admire this.
*Remember, if you meet someone online you haven’t really met. If anyone you talk to on the internet and have not met in person ever asks you for money, it is 100% scam. DO NOT SEND MONEY. For more information on this please visit: scamsurvivors.com
The metamorphosis of a phrase into a life of it's own.
January 1, 2013. I suppose it would be fitting to write about my New Years Resolution today, but I didn't have a taste for it. Instead I jumped back to June where I found this prompt. My answer to this question is as fitting for this day as my resolution.
Annoying is an understatement when I think of how many times I have heard the phrase: "Fiscal Cliff" since the term was coined (in the context used today,) back in February of 2012 by Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman when he was speaking before Congress.That faithful day proved to be the launch pad for the most annoying and overused phrase of 2012. The mere fact that I am here writing about it give me a sour taste in my mouth; it almost causes me pain!
I turned on my computer this morning and headed for my fix of the morning news, and what to my wondering eyes did appear? "FISCAL CLIFF" bringing us straight into 2013. It WAS a pleasant surprise to hear that a step had been made toward the negotiations surround our budget; but it's also bitter-sweet. I see no end to or even a drop in the amount of use of this overused, metaphor turned real (it's actually a real cliff according to the media,) that over time, was used to instill fear in the citizens of America.
If there is any reason for the US citizens to bear arms, it's to get them to stop using this phrase ;)
I think I have come up with a New Years Resolution I can take into 2014; the boycotting of the phrase: "Fiscal Cliff."
- Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum ...
The Drums for sure!
When we look at the drummer and his placement on the stage in comparison to the other members, the drummer is usually in the back. This is mainly due to the size of his instrument and equipment, not because he less important than say, the lead guitar or singer--who at times can come off as glory hounds.
It is quite the opposite of inferior when it comes to the drummer. Without this vital piece of equipment and the person behind it, music would sound like a symphony tuning its instruments all the time. Why? The drummer is the leader, No one starts until the drummer has set the tone, time and rhythm of the music. If you have ever been to a concert or watched them on M-TV or YouTube you may have noticed the band members glancing back from time to time at the person with flailing arms to confirm they are all in sync.
So, the drummer may "seem" upstaged by other members of the band more often than not, but in the back of their minds know's the vital roll he plays on the finished product.
*It's also a great way to release any frustration or stress; 30 minutes of random beating can do wonders for a person! ;)