Thought For the Day: Poetry Is A Sort of Homecoming

“Poetry is a sort of homecoming.” – Paul Celan, poet and translator (23 Nov 1920-1970)

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First Principals: Whatever May Be Our Wishes, Our Inclination or the Dictates of Our Passions, They Cannot Alter the States of Facts and Evidence

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams (1770)

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Finally Stilled

Old Town - Special Delivery
Finally Stilled
by Michael Doyle

We dance our dance
Whispering our romance
Under the Milky Way
Finding tomorrow every day

In every touch that we share
Finding truth revealed in care
Knowing loneliness in our absence
Finding need for each other's presence

Some say love is a form of weakness
They are absurd fools who speak this
In your heart, I know that I am strong
With the certainty of where I belong

And where you belong is beside me
Sharing your dreams so vividly
Here we are bare before the stars
Our songs played on a million guitars

And there is no loudness as loud
As the quietness of my love allowed
Your end to my beginning revealed
And all doubt having been finally stilled

(c) November 23, 2020 Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved
SPACEDANCE..

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Thought For the Day: If Liberty Is Worth Keeping and Free Representative Government Worth Saving, We Must Stand For All American Fundamentals – Not Some, But All

“If liberty is worth keeping and free representative government worth saving, we must stand for all American fundamentals — not some, but all. All are woven into the great fabric of our national well-being. We cannot hold fast to some only, and abandon others that, for the moment, we find inconvenient. If one American fundamental is prostrated, others in the end will surely fall.” – Albert J. Beveridge (1862-1927)

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First Principles: The Second Office of This Government Is Honorable and Easy, the First Is But A Splendid Misery

“The second office of this government is honorable & easy, the first is but a splendid misery.” – Thomas Jefferson (1797)

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First Principles: Observe Good Faith and Justice Towards All Nations. Cultivate Peace and Harmony With All

“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington

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Thought For the Day: It Is Easier To Lead Men To Combat, Stirring Up Their Passion, Than To Restrain Them and Direct Them Toward the Patient Labors of Peace

“It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.” – Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (1869-1951)

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Petra Reexamined

*NOUR* – Light of the Desert
Petra Reexamined
by Michael Doyle

There is an ancient city in which Nabataeans dwelt
That is more carved than could be thought of as built
This city of beauty and wonder is a World Heritage site
It belongs to all of humanity by our noble birthright

Carved as it is on a grand sense of scale
Sculptured into cliffside in the finest detail
I'm not really one bent toward scholastic lecture
But seldom does one find such architecture

Man created a beautiful flowing oasis there
With interconnecting aqueducts until the water disappeared
In an arid desert city transformed in ways astounding
To this day, the engineering is quite confounding

Luxury and exuberance made Nabataean life wonderful
As over 20,000 nomads settled finding life beautiful
Living life as through their vastly flung network of trade
There in a city of the sun where only man made the shade

Within a narrow canyon, the city was intricately built
Between trade routes and wadis, this city was dwelt
Protected by a narrow gorge for the people's safety
The perfection of this choice is a thing of great beauty

(c) November 21, 2020 Michael Doyle
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Petra - Posterized

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Thought For the Day: When Democrats Say They Want ‘Unity’, What They Really Mean Is They Want Submission

“When Democrats say they want ‘unity,’ what they really mean is they want submission.” – Sean Davis

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First Principles: The Care of Human Life and Happiness and Not Their Destruction, Is the First and Only Legitimate Object of Good Government

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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