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Old 12-05-2018, 02:31 PM   #341 (permalink)
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Wonderful story, wonderful video! HP, you have outdone yourself today.
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:43 PM   #342 (permalink)
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I wonder if they'd remember doing that.
The video was lovely. I don't remember ever hearing Nat sing it in German.
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:42 AM   #343 (permalink)
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I have been one acquainted with the night
I have walked out in rain - and back in rain
I have out-walked the furthest city light

I have looked down the saddest city lane
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say goodbye;
And further still at an unearthly height;
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.


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Old 12-06-2018, 12:44 PM   #344 (permalink)
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I am a big Robert Frost fan but had not read that poem, HP. How thought provoking. At first I thought it might be a homeless man, until I saw the author. Like I said, thought provoking...but lovely at the same time.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:02 PM   #345 (permalink)
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Well, I read a little about this poem and how it may refer to Frost's depression, he lost his father when he was young and several of his children died young... I could ponder some more but I think I delve too deep here. It's a nice poem, albeit thought provoking.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:11 AM   #346 (permalink)
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I know very little Robert Frost except for "Stopping by Woods", which I think everyone knows. As I stumble across more of his work, I'm finding there is much more to him than I imagined.

Like you, the poem made me think of a homeless person, and I chose the snowy alleyway picture for that reason, even though I found a number of really beautiful pictures of paths at night, both urban and rural.
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God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after
the rain,
Shining and lovely again.

God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.

God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.


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Perfect for me today, HP.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:25 PM   #349 (permalink)
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It's hard to be brave sometimes, but it helps to know others have gone thru pain and come out stronger for it.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:29 PM   #350 (permalink)
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The poem reminds me, not of a homeless person, but someone who has suffered a loss, and walks and walks until they are tired enough to sleep.
I have read of people coping with grief by just walking, walking until they are exhausted.
It is a lovely, moving poem.
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Maud, I am one of those who finds peace in walking, and that's part of why that poem spoke to me also.
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The earth is all that lasts.
The earth is what I speak to when
I do not understand my life
Nor why I am not heard.

The earth answers me with the same song
That it sang for my fathers when
Their tears covered up the sun.

The earth sings a song of gladness.
The earth sings a song of praise.
The earth rises up and laughs at me
Each time that I forget

How spring begins with winter
And death begins with birth.


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I still don't know how or when he got so old. I swear, I just turned around and my springy, energetic 3-year-old troublemaker had gotten a white face and could scarcely get into bed with me at night, even when I put the mattress right down on the floor. Those last 2 pictures were taken almost exactly a year ago.

"Death begins with birth." A hard and painful truth.

This link will take you to some beautiful and touching photos. Bring your Kleenex.

https://www.boredpanda.com/dog-years...mpaign=organic

Off to see if I can get any coffee to pass the lump in my throat...
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Dear Ned was a beautiful boy right to the end. He was well loved and his love will stay in your heart forever.
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Oh, man. What a handsome guy.
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Oh, man. What a handsome guy.
Oh, he was certainly that, Maud!
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Please pass the coffee, HP.

I have a lump in my throat, too.

Thank you for sharing your handsome Ned with us.
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(((HP))) I've got a lump in my throat too. He was a beautiful boy, white face and all.
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We love Ned! He is a treasure.

I feel the same about the passage of time, HP. It seems we just got started & now the journey's over.
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At a certain point, you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world, Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and wait, listening. After a time you hear it: there is nothing there. There is nothing but those things only, those created objects, discrete, growing or holding, or swaying, being rained on or raining, held, flooding or ebbing, standing, or spread. You feel the world's word as a tension, a hum, a single chorused note everywhere the same. This is it: this hum is the silence...

The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega, it is God's brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blinded note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to "World." Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing.


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