First Principles: If We Move In Mass, Be It Ever So Circuitously, We Shall Attain Our Object

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” – Thomas Jefferson (1811)

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Thought For the Day: And This Our Life, Exempt From Public Haunt, Finds Tongues In Trees, Books In the Running Brooks, Sermons In Stones, and Good In Everything

“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, / Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” -William Shakespeare, playwright and poet (1564-1616)

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Looking For Words

Cap Thunderbird -  Blue Heron Hunting
Looking For Words
by Michael Doyle

I see you looking for words
But more than the words
You want to read the actions
That bleed like a rose with satisfaction

Making a difference, plain to see
To live, love, and dream is to be
One with this universal soul
Happily decided in this infinite role

Seeing, looking, carelessly sinking
Feeling so much more than thinking
Comfortable in the charm of dreams
That accommodates until bursting the seams

As long as life finds its years
There are angels enough to dry your tears
Friendship is a shared joy and treasure
With these quiet moments giving pleasure

There are no distances between true hearts
There in the spaces where the magic sparks
It is in the place of truest sincerity
Where the truth of the matter is seen in clarity

... In a place that two souls meet..
...and connect

(c) May 27, 2022 Michael Doyle
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It All Starts With a Smile

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Thought For the Day: Use Your Voice For Kindness, Your Ears For Compassion, Your Hands For Charity, Your Mind For Truth, and Your Heart For Love

“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”  – William John Bennett

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First Principles: Honor, Justice, and Humanity, Forbid Us Tamely To Surrender That Freedom Which We Received From Our Gallant Ancestors

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” – Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking up Arms, 1775

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For Sierra At Age Thirteen

Indianapolis Museum of Art - Angie's Birthday
For Sierra At Age Thirteen
by Michael Doyle

It seems only yesterday
That you were a tween
And now my youngest princess
Is aged perfectly to thirteen

There's not a single day
That I will ever forget
The moments that have passed
Nor will I ever in any way regret

The day that I woke up
From an afternoon's nap
And you climbed up
Onto the top of your daddy's lap

Recounting the sameness of us
Part by part, one by one
A lifetime for you; a blink for me
God knows what he's doing and has done

The simple words written in the card
Could not begin to ever express
But I would not ever want you
To feel you had to ever guess

What a blessing that you've been
And what a daughter you truly are
What a laugh, every now and then
In this life, you'll go really far

But never so very far away
That you'll never stray from my heart
That's where you've always been
Since birth and will never depart

I stood there watching
As you blew the candles out
Singing you your birthday song
With only a single doubt

What has happened as the days rush by
And now in front of me, an amazing young lady
But can someone tell me please
What exactly happened to my darling baby?

A voice whispers hushed so softly
She has quickly and ably grown up
I smile with the hope to live to watch
Her drink from life's victory cup

( watch you sipping again and again
from your victory cup...)

(c) May 26, 2022 Michael Doyle
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Snoweeta - Birthday Balloons, Maybe?

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A Lament for Michael the Archangel

Angels Rest - Autumn Chapel On A Stormy Day

A Lament of Michael,the Archangel
by Michael Doyle

The day after celebrating the birth of a daughter
I return again to the celebration of the Father
Revisiting instruction in the ways of the kingdom
And a memory of the better man that I’ve become

Listening to the reminder of the lessons Jesus taught
When the time had come for truth to be said as sought
When the kingdom on earth would be given authority
Is not for us to know , yet we know, it comes ultimately

Until then we walk as witnesses to the ends of the earth
Taking in the wisdom with compassion and sweet mirth
All of these things told us until Jesus was taken from sight
Raised into the clouds before the witnesses’ sight into the light

God has given each of us the spirit of wisdom and perception
To see beyond this wicked world and its cruel deceptions
There is a strength in the works of Jesus to give us power
If we listen taking heed, we will be seated in that blessed hour

As the head of the church, we are all under the Father’s feet
So that none of us fall to the serpent and taste our defeat
In knowing this we again become peace and joy’s instrument
Played well in our parts, simply as it is by our God meant

Michael the Archangel is the defender to each of us and all
As protector against wickedness as we rightfully recall
By the power of God, Satan and his minions were thrust into Hell
By the power of God, each of us has Jesus to indwell

(c) May 26, 2022 Michael Doyle
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A Christmas Dream- An Angel Came Down

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A Rispetto of Loneliness

Featured again is a poem form obtained from the weekly Short Form Poetry Workshop on Linden Lab’s virtual platform known as Second Life. This week the form was the rispetto.

What then is a rispetto? It is a Tuscan folk verse form of strambotto. It reached its pinnacle between the 14th and 15th centuries, especially in the work of the poet, Politian, who wrote approximately 200 rispetti. Interestingly, Lorenzo de Medici also favored this form.

More specifically, it is an 8-line form holding two rhyme quatrains (two four-line stanzas).

Models of how it is written include:

Rhyme scheme ababccdd or abababcc or abab cddc

o a
o b
o a
o b

o c
o c
o d
o d

• a
• b
• a
• b

• a
• b
• c
• c

• a
• b
• a
• b

• c
• d
• d
• c

Paradiso 2022 -Ruins

Mine from that work shop is:

A Rispetto of Loneliness
by Michael Doyle

Time into time there is loneliness to face
As we walk through moments we don’t quite understand
It seems sometimes treasonous that we embrace
Thoughts and conceptions as if these are commands

We color ourselves within these these straight lines
Even when our hearts are curved and often showing
Sometimes tripping over imaginary land mines
It’s hard to feel blind thinking we are knowing

(c), May 24, 2022 Michael Doyle
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Paradiso 2022 - Watching In Silence
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Thought For the Day: The Only Sure Weapon Against Bad Ideas Is Better Ideas. The Source of Better Ideas Is Wisdom.

“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.” – A. Whitney Griswold (1909-1963)

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First Principles: Our Obligations To Our Country Never Cease But With Our Lives

“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” – John Adams (1808)

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