Archive for April 2012

To K—- (An Autograph)   Leave a comment

Above:  A Chain

Image Source = Toni Lozano

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Broad_chain_closeup.jpg)

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We’re forging the links in character’s chain,

That shall bind us to earth and to time,

Each link in its place shall ever remain,

Be it rough, or polished so fine.

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The words of the tongue, the deeds of the hand,

And even the thoughts that we think,

Are metals “white hot,” that need but a bend

And a lick to make them a link.

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Then ring, ring, ring, let the anvil be heart,

From each link with precision and care,

The chain that you forge as a cable will serve

For the anchor of hope or despair.

JOHN DODSON TAYLOR, SR.

Posted April 29, 2012 by neatnik2009 in John Dodson Taylor Sr.--Poems

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The Despondent Lover’s Lament   Leave a comment

Above:  Woman with Parrot (La Femme a la Perruche), by Philippe-Auguste Renoir

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It seems that my great-grandfather had some disappointments with love when he was a young man.   I arrive at this conclusion based on poems he chose to publish in 1883.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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As two floating specks of foam

Every hour we further sever–

Come back, O! my darling, come,

Little more we part forever.

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Was I right?  Oh! can it be

It was true what I foretold,

That when thou wast gone from me

Thou’d forget and soon grow cold?

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Then I did not hink it so

Then my tongue my heart belied,

But a voice now clear, tho’ low,

Says I rightly prophesied.

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What!  do all thy sacred vows

Now but idle babblings seem?

Has the love thou didst espouse

Proven but an empty dream?

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Have the joys that we have known

Clasped in mutual embrace,

From thy recollection flown

Giving kindred joys a place?

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When the rebel angels fell,

By Jehovah’s vengeance driven,

Hell had been a milder hell

Had they never been in heaven.

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Thus my hours of loneliness

Half so gloomy would not be

Had I power to suppress

Mem’ry of the past with thee.

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From their mem’ry I can borrow

Only grief, ’tis all it lends;

For it is a kindred sorrow

To that for departed friends.

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Ah! how sweet were they, the shadow

Of what shall be real made;

But this truth stings like an adder:

They were shadows of a shade.

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Thus those hours, so sweetly gliding,

Shall be chains to ever bin’

Or shall be a gulf dividing,

Ever twixt my heart and thine.

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So it is–would ’twere not so–

Love transformed but loathing brings;

And the deepest hatreds flow

From Love’s purest, sweetest springs.

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Deadliest hate that e’er resided

In a heart of any grade,

Is of hearts that once confided,

And, confiding, were betrayed.

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Oh! my darling, would they have me

Ever thus from thee to go?

Then don’t take the heart thou gave me,

Or it will, it must, be so.

JOHN DODSON TAYLOR, SR.

Writing Devotions   Leave a comment

Above:  Notebooks

Image Source = L. Marie

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Notebooks.jpg)

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Reading assigned lectionary lessons,

pondering them,

drafting posts in a notebook,

turning a private exercise into a public, Internet activity,

sharing my soul

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Spending time doing this instead of watching television;

consulting commentaries,

seeking intertextual connections,

questing for practical applications,

feeding my soul (at least)

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Typing from my notes,

revising my text at the keyboard,

seeking an appropriate image,

giving credit when it is not in the public domain,

linking to other posts

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Building a tighter web of posts,

covering new ground,

covering new aspects of old ground,

following a multi-year plan,

pursuing a discipline

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 11, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT DIONYSIUS OF CORINTH, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTHONY NEYROT, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF GEORGE AUGUSTUS SELWYN, ANGLICAN PRIMATE OF NEW ZEALAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT STANISLAUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF KRAKOW

At Home   Leave a comment

Above:  The Outside of My Apartment on March 2, 2009

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

(The weather is not snowy today, but the picture is nice.)

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Writing a draft of another devotion,

smelling the lemon bars cooling in the refrigerator,

drinking slightly sweetened tea,

listening to the Sibelius Symphony #2 on CD,

enjoying the sight of my books in their bookcases,

relishing this moment in time–

I am at home.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 10, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF HENRY VAN DYKE, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND LITURGIST

THE FEAST OF HOWARD THURMAN, PROTESTANT THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM LAW, ANGLICAN PRIEST