Have you seen the book, The Daring Book for Girls,
where it is advised that every girl knows the rules to hopscotch, how to walk in
high heels, and how to make a lemon powered clock?
As exciting as those things are, to truly be prepared in life
one needs to have a poem memorized (yes it’s true!) for those rare poem reciting moments,
a signature dessert, know the rules of polo, and how to
drive a stick shift….among many other handy and interesting things….
which I can’t really think of right now. But as soon as more come
to me, I’ll start a list.
Here are two lovely poems. One I have not memorized yet….
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Like two cathedral towers these stately pines
Uplift their fretted summits tipped with cones;
The arch beneath them is not built with stones,
Not Art but Nature traced these lovely lines,
And carved this graceful arabesque of vines;
No organ but the wind here sighs and moans,
No sepulchre conceals a martyr’s bones,
No marble bishop on his tomb reclines.
Enter! the pavement carpeted with leaves
Gives back a softened echo to thy tread!
Listen! the choir is singing; all the birds,
In leafy galleries beneath the eaves,
Are singing! listen ere the sound be fled,
And learn there may be worship without words.
I just love the idea of nature as a cathedral, a choir of birds,
and wind as the organ music! I wish he had mentioned a hammock for the pew.
And the second….
“If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft, and from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul”
So…if all you have left are two loaves of bread, feed your body with one, and sell the other and buy beauty to feed your soul….great advice! Unless you’re on a low carb diet of course.
What else should be on the list?