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I’m a Housewife- A Dirty Poem

In Poetry on August 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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My hands are quite clean, despite where they’ve been.
I’m a housewife.
I eat mostly scraps, left by marauding chaps.
I’m a housewife.
I don’t bother with jewels, I wear dishliquid pools.
I’m a housewife.
My shoes are all flat, my hair too, at that.
I’m a housewife.
I don’t smell of parfum, it’s more like ‘laundry room’.
I’m a housewife.

Sharon Benjamin c2012

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

In Attitude, Books, Excerpt, Poetry, Quotes on July 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1927.

Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) was an American lawyer and poet who wrote the Desiderata in 1927. He wrote in his diary,in relation to it;

” I should like if I could, to leave a humble gift- a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some humble moods.”

Desiderata is translated from Latin as “desired things”. It is an inspirational message of faith and hope. During WWII it was estimated that about 1000 copies were distributed by Merill Moore, a U.S Army psychatrist with the objective of helping soldiers with their treatment.

The Desiderata was also used on posters during the ” Make Peace, Not War” movement of the 1960’s, and also has been recorded to music.

It has mistakenly been claimed to have been found in “Old St. Pauls’s Church, Baltimore” in 1692, however Ehrmanns’ family has proved copyright.

Desiderata- Stanza by Stanza. Part 5

In Attitude, Books, Excerpt, Poetry, Quotes on July 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

Hopefully, as we grow older we will have some wisdom and have learnt from our mistakes- or maybe not! Maybe we keep making mistakes and misjudgments, maybe it is immaturity and the way the young have the luxury of thinking they are immortal. When we are young we can fantasize about a perfect life, neglect ourselves and our loved ones and take risks with a more blase attitude. With a little age,experience and wisdom we know that life is short and impermanent. Some times there is no second chance, no do-overs and all things, good and bad will pass.

Knowing the concept “This too shall pass” is a good mantra to strengthen your spirit when things seem too hard and to remind yourself to enjoy the good times while they last. This realisation brings us back to the moment, as it IS, not with worry and anxiety over what might happen and how things could get worse. We could think about what we are experiencing right now with gratitude, as maybe things could be better but they could be worse. We can see that we can handle this moment and then handle the next, as it comes. Oh, grant me this wisdom!

I will have to be patient with myself for being a slow learner and so sensitive and anxious. I will continue to take baby steps along the path and keep my eyes on the path. Being gentle with ourselves is hard. We often are more forgiving of others than we are of ourselves. I think that looking at our mistakes and faults with a little objectivity rather than beating ourselves up may be the key to learning from our mistakes and breaking negative patterns.

Finding some peace with ourselves and some peace of mind means we can look forward, improve ourselves while accepting ourselves.