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Bloggers Photo I was born and raised in northern California in the land of the glorious redwoods. My father worked in the lumber industry and my brother and I had a simple but wonderful childhood. Off to the big city to become a nurse and all these years later I still am. I was married for many years, have 2 grown boys and 2 young grandsons..Jordan and Elliot. Me proud? You truly is the best thing about growing older. On my own now and enjoying all that I can cram into my life. I love music.. am a life long member of The Friends of Jose Carreras..poetry and music are my loves.I am a bear with me while I figure this all out.

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Blog Posted:10/23/2010 5:49:00 PM

    Reading some of my collection of poetry this evening and came across a poem of Max Erhman's. He is best known for Desiderata..which means.."Things Desired"..if your not familiar with this poem..go to...
 The poem that caught my eye a tradesman and a POET..
I wish I could write like this..hope you enjoy..

a tradesman and a POET

" Do these things pay--these poems that you write?"
"Oh yes, so much I am almost ashamesd
Of my reward, so very great it is"
Then tell me why you are so poory dressed?"
" I did not know that I was poorly dressed"
"Indeed you are. And think of how you live.
You should have blooming gardens, houses grand,
If your reward is great as you have said.
I understand you live in three small rooms"
"And that is two too many, I'm afraid."
"You do not travel. Do you travel, sir?"
"Oh yes, I go each week into the woods,
And often sit upon the riverbank."
"You are not loved by any woman, sir;
And have you any children of your own?
" I love all women, every child is mine."
" Come, come, these poems do not pay, I know."
" Oh! yes, they pay me very well, indeed."
" Then what have you been doing with the pay
Recieved? Have you some secret investments?"
"Yes, yes! I have some secret investments."
" Oh! That is very different. Oh, yes!"

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  1. Date: 10/30/2010 2:59:00 AM
    Their attitude is urgent to this day. Profound lines. Good luck!

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  1. Date: 10/28/2010 6:19:00 AM
    I agree with is there in every line. This would make an interesting subject for a contest on the soup in more ways than one. Good post. Dan C

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  1. Date: 10/27/2010 10:02:00 AM
    Oh! I was in Potter Valley a few years back. How close in that to red wood country?

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  1. Date: 10/27/2010 9:59:00 AM
    This is a very sneaky write here. I kept waiting for something that didn't come and when I read it again, it is there in every line. Thanks for a nice post from a classy lady. Considering the comments below me, I will check out "Desiderata" when I have a little more time. Good post- cgh

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  1. Date: 10/25/2010 3:16:00 PM
    Very intriguing!

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  1. Date: 10/24/2010 5:42:00 PM
    Dear Barbara, I am goingto the site to read "Desiderata" I did enjoy this Write Love YOU...HG

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  1. Date: 10/24/2010 6:44:00 AM
    Awesome words Barb and thankxxx for sharing them with all of us today..luv.. will check out the link u posted to read a poem I have heard about for long time ... such brilliance in poetry of ages ago..luv..

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  1. Date: 10/23/2010 8:32:00 PM
    Barbara, this is very hice but I still prefer Desiderata. I recall it from when it was made into a record. I don't know who was reading the words. I believe it was in the 70's. I read that link about the confusion with his copyright vs. others using his poem. It just made me even more confused. I have half my stuff copyrighted in chapbooks, but from what i just read, I don't even know how protected any of us are!!

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  1. Date: 10/23/2010 8:15:00 PM
    My sister and her wealthy family need to read this and absorb the message, dear LNC. Not all "wealth" is measured in material goods. I love this poem!! Love you too, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 10/23/2010 7:30:00 PM
    Beautiful! Thanks Barbara, I didn't know this poet.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2010 5:58:00 PM
    Hmmm,accepting what we have as all we need is a rare gift indeed! Light & Love

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