‘One Today’ Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies. One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story told

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As I Began to Love Myself – Self Love Poem

by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I call it “RESPECT”.

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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A Haku by Rick Blythe (1951-1972)

Clouds embrace the ground.

No sound.

I hope the path I’ve found

knows where it’s bound.

Rick Blythe (1951-1972)

Died in a motorcycle crash on a rural highway after returning safely from Vietnam.

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A Prayer Of Thanks

I give thanks to my neighbor
I give thanks to my friend
I give thanks to a stranger
I give thanks to my adversaries
I give thanks to my mother
I give thanks to my father
I give thanks to myself
I express my gratitude, to everyone that crosses my path.
I am a spiritual being, supporting myself and others in
Our growth.
I share my light with my family and my community.
Everything I do shapes me.
I create my expression filled with light and love.
Your love donations are greatly appreciated.
You are greatly appreciated.

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I am so filled with gratitude each day so much is given

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My Favorite e.e.cummings poems

Really, there are too many e.e. cummings favorites, but I offer these as a sampling

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By Tim Lawrence

On February 18,1993 This was found on the classroom chalk board of Heartland School of Massage. Heartland School was in exsistance for seven years total and embodied a dream “if we build it, THEY would come. to all my friends who taught there and former students who received the bounty of these amazing people I salute you!

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