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DEATH

A month ago a confrére and good friend of mine passed away. May he find peace in the Lord. Longfellow in a poem called A Psalm of Life - What the heart of a young man said to the Psalmist,  wrote:

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken to the soul.


The death of a friend is a time of reflection on life's meaning and on the departed-one's significance. Poems like this may be considered religiously bland or piously irrelevant to the modern science-thinking man's down-to-earthness, but, it recalls an age of gentler faith and contains an eternal essence of truth about human life.


Longfellow in the same poem says:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Wasn't it Mae West who said: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough".

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She so often had the right turn of phrase did Ms West! :o)
Mae West said a lot of very wise things. I adored her.

- Erulisse (one L)
once upon a time
when i was in college
there was a near by coffee shop
donuts were their speciality
they had painted on their wall

Life is real and life is earnest
and the grave is not its goal
so keep your eye upon the donut
and not upon the hole

Mae knew a thing or two too
Our cook knows I like donuts so she makes sure they are part of her shopping. She says they won't kill you. Good to know that.
i had a donut craving saturday
it's 40 miles to satisfy my craving
i'm sure the one i chose was NOT good for me
but it satisfied my craving

this time of year they make a donut they call Poe's Special
(Edgar Allan Poe)
white cream filled - chocolate frosted with purple sprinkles
wicked!

i will think of you every time i have a donut

Edited at 2016-09-20 16:14 (UTC)
Jam donuts are my own favourites
yes! !!
here we call then jelly donuts
they come two ways
with powdered sugar on them
or with a sugar coating
sometimes chocolate frosted also
we love chocolate lol
Mae did it best, so she would know about these things. :)