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      From The Way of Chuang Tzu @ 250 BC
      translated or as he says imitations by Thomas Merton @ 1965

      not really copied here…@1997


      Four men got in a discussion. each one said:
      “Who knows how
      To have the Void for his head
      To have Life as his backbone
      And Death for his tail?
      He shall be my friend!”

      At this they all looked at one another
      Saw that they agreed,
      Burst out laughing
      and became friends.

      Then one of them fell ill
      And another went to see him.
      “Great is the Maker,” said the sick one,
      “Who has made me as I am!

      I am so doubled up
      My guts are over my head;
      Upon my navel
      I rest my cheek;
      My shoulders stand out
      Beyond my neck;
      My crown is an ulcer
      Surveying the sky;
      My body is chaos
      But my mind is in order.”

      He dragged himself to the well,
      saw his reflection, and declared,”what a mess
      he has made of me!”

      His friend asked:
      “Are you discouraged?”

      “Not at all! Why should i be?
      If he takes me apart
      And makes a rooster
      Of my left shoulder
      I shall announce the dawn.
      If He makes a crossbow
      Of my right shoulder
      I shall procure roast duck.
      If my buttocks turn into wheels
      And if my spirit is a horse
      I will hitch myself up and ride around
      In my own wagon! ……..( it goes on but….)

      don’t know why I like this poem… you? Like it that is, not know why I like it.

      After tventi yers zer vud be no mor trubls. difikultis and evrievun vud fin it ezi to understand
      ech ozer. ……….jeannette

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        My baby sister (not really a baby, but baby to me always ;-) ) always finds the coolest things. Poems, jokes, sayings, lists…

        This was Audrey Hepburn’s favorite poem. She was my favorite actress. Not only the most beautiful woman, but she had a beautiful soul…

        -Sam Levenson

        For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
        For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
        For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
        For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
        For poise, walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone…
        People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed…
        Never throw out anybody.
        Remember, if you need a helping hnd, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
        As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

        I thought that was great. I asked her to put it up on the refrigerator so I could look at it every day. It helps a lot. Especially with the angel magnet that’s holding it up…

        Love to all, Caroline

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          Caroline what a beautiful poem! What a wonderful world this would
          be if we all lived by those words.

          All the best,


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