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Written by Kahlil Gibran | Create an image from this poem

Yesterday and Today XII

 The gold-hoarder walked in his palace park and with him walked his troubles.
And over his head hovered worries as a vulture hovers over a carcass, until he reached a beautiful lake surrounded by magnificent marble statuary.
He sat there pondering the water which poured from the mouths of the statues like thoughts flowing freely from a lover's imagination, and contemplating heavily his palace which stood upon a knoll like a birth-mark upon the cheek of a maiden.
His fancy revealed to him the pages of his life's drama which he read with falling tears that veiled his eyes and prevented him from viewing man's feeble additions to Nature.
He looked back with piercing regret to the images of his early life, woven into pattern by the gods, until he could no longer control his anguish.
He said aloud, "Yesterday I was grazing my sheep in the green valley, enjoying my existence, sounding my flute, and holding my head high.
Today I am a prisoner of greed.
Gold leads into gold, then into restlessness and finally into crushing misery.
"Yesterday I was like a singing bird, soaring freely here and there in the fields.
Today I am a slave to fickle wealth, society's rules, and city's customs, and purchased friends, pleasing the people by conforming to the strange and narrow laws of man.
I was born to be free and enjoy the bounty of life, but I find myself like a beast of burden so heavily laden with gold that his back is breaking.
"Where are the spacious plains, the singing brooks, the pure breeze, the closeness of Nature? Where is my deity? I have lost all! Naught remains save loneliness that saddens me, gold that ridicules me, slaves who curse to my back, and a palace that I have erected as a tomb for my happiness, and in whose greatness I have lost my heart.
"Yesterday I roamed the prairies and the hills together with the Bedouin's daughter; Virtue was our companion, Love our delight, and the moon our guardian.
Today I am among women with shallow beauty who sell themselves for gold and diamonds.
"Yesterday I was carefree, sharing with the shepherds all the joy of life; eating, playing, working, singing, and dancing together to the music of the heart's truth.
Today I find myself among the people like a frightened lamb among the wolves.
As I walk in the roads, they gaze at me with hateful eyes and point at me with scorn and jealousy, and as I steal through the park I see frowning faces all about me.
"Yesterday I was rich in happiness and today I am poor in gold.
"Yesterday I was a happy shepherd looking upon his head as a merciful king looks with pleasure upon his contented subjects.
Today I am a slave standing before my wealth, my wealth which robbed me of the beauty of life I once knew.
"Forgive me, my Judge! I did not know that riches would put my life in fragments and lead me into the dungeons of harshness and stupidity.
What I thought was glory is naught but an eternal inferno.
" He gathered himself wearily and walked slowly toward the palace, sighing and repeating, "Is this what people call wealth? Is this the god I am serving and worshipping? Is this what I seek of the earth? Why can I not trade it for one particle of contentment? Who would sell me one beautiful thought for a ton of gold? Who would give me one moment of love for a handful of gems? Who would grant me an eye that can see others' hearts, and take all my coffers in barter?" As he reached the palace gates he turned and looked toward the city as Jeremiah gazed toward Jerusalem.
He raised his arms in woeful lament and shouted, "Oh people of the noisome city, who are living in darkness, hastening toward misery, preaching falsehood, and speaking with stupidity.
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until when shall you remain ignorant? Unit when shall you abide in the filth of life and continue to desert its gardens? Why wear you tattered robes of narrowness while the silk raiment of Nature's beauty is fashioned for you? The lamp of wisdom is dimming; it is time to furnish it with oil.
The house of true fortune is being destroyed; it is time to rebuild it and guard it.
The thieves of ignorance have stolen the treasure of your peace; it is time to retake it!" At that moment a poor man stood before him and stretched forth his hand for alms.
As he looked at the beggar, his lips parted, his eyes brightened with a softness, and his face radiated kindness.
It was as if the yesterday he had lamented by the lake had come to greet him.
He embraced the pauper with affection and filled his hands with gold, and with a voice sincere with the sweetness of love he said, "Come back tomorrow and bring with you your fellow sufferers.
All your possessions will be restored.
" He entered his palace saying, "Everything in life is good; even gold, for it teaches a lesson.
Money is like a stringed instrument; he who does not know how to use it properly will hear only discordant music.
Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and it enlivens the other who turns it upon his fellow man.
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Written by Edwin Arlington Robinson | Create an image from this poem

The Town Down by the River

 I

Said the Watcher by the Way 
To the young and the unladen, 
To the boy and to the maiden, 
"God be with you both to-day.
First your song came ringing, Now you come, you two-- Knowing naught of what you do, Or of what your dreams are bringing.
"O you children who go singing To the Town down the River, Where the millions cringe and shiver, Tell me what you know to-day; Tell me how far you are going, Tell me how you find your way.
O you children who are dreaming, Tell me what you dream to-day.
" "He is old and we have heard him," Said the boy then to the maiden; "He is old and heavy laden With a load we throw away.
Care may come to find us, Age may lay us low; Still, we seek the light we know, And the dead we leave behind us.
"Did he think that he would blind us Into such a small believing As to live without achieving, When the lights have led so far? Let him watch or let him wither,-- Shall he tell us where we are? We know best, who go together, Downward, onward, and so far.
" II Said the Watcher by the Way To the fiery folk that hastened To the loud and the unchastened, "You are strong, I see, to-day.
Strength and hope may lead you To the journey's end,-- Each to be the other's friend If the Town should fail to need you.
"And are ravens there to feed you In the Town down the River, Where the gift appalls the giver And youth hardens day by day? O you brave and you unshaken, Are you truly on your way? And are sirens in the River, That you come so far to-day?" "You are old and we have listened," Said the voice of one who halted; "You are sage and self-exalted, But your way is not our way.
You that cannot aid us Give us words to eat.
Be assured that they are sweet, And that we are as God made us.
"Not in vain have you delayed us, Though the river still be calling Through the twilight that is falling And the Town be still so far.
By the whirlwind of your wisdom Leagues are lifted as leaves are; But a king without a kingdom Fails us, who have come so far.
" III Said the Watcher by the Way To the slower folk who stumbled, To the weak and the world-humbled, "Tell me how you fare to-day.
Some with ardor shaken, All with honor scarred, Do you falter, finding hard The far chance that you have taken? "Or, do you at length awaken To an antic retribution, Goading to a new confusion The drugged hopes of yesterday? O you poor mad men that hobble, Will you not return or stay? Do you trust, you broken people, To a dawn without the day?" "You speak well of what you know not," Muttered one; and then a second: "You have begged, and you have beckoned, But you see us on our way.
Who are you to scold us, Knowing what we know? Jeremiah, long ago, Said as much as you have told us.
"As we are, then, you behold us: Derelicts of all conditions, Poets, rogues, and sick physicians, Plodding forward from afar; Forward now into the darkness Where the men before us are; Forward, onward, out of grayness, To the light that shone so far.
" IV Said the Watcher by the Way To some aged ones who lingered, To the shrunken, the claw-fingered, "So you come for me to-day.
"-- "Yes, to give you warning; You are old," one said; "You have hairs on your head, Fit for laurel, not for scorning.
"From the first of early morning We have toiled along to find you; We, as others, have maligned you, But we need your scorn to-day.
By the light that we saw shining, Let us not be lured alway; Let us hear no River calling When to-morrow is to-day.
" "But your lanterns are unlighted And the Town is far before you: Let us hasten, I implore you," Said the Watcher by the Way.
"Long have I waited, Longer have I known That the Town would have its own, And the call be for the fated.
"In the name of all created.
Let us hear no more my brothers; Are we older than all others? Are the planets in our way?"-- "Hark," said one; I hear the River, Calling always, night and day.
"-- "Forward, then! The lights are shining," Said the Watcher by the Way.
Written by The Bible | Create an image from this poem

Jeremiah 29:11-13

I know the plans that I have for you,
Plans for prosperity and peace
Never for evil or calamity,
But a future hope never to cease
Then you shall come and call upon me
And will bow your knee to pray
And I will hear you and heed your call
To be by your side right away
Then you will find me when you seek,
If you seek with all your heart
For I shall reveal myself to you,
From you, I will not depart.

Scripture Poem © Copyright Of M.
S.
Lowndes
Written by Vachel Lindsay | Create an image from this poem

This My Song Is Made For Kerensky

 (Being a Chant of the American Soap-Box and the Russian Revolution.
) O market square, O slattern place, Is glory in your slack disgrace? Plump quack doctors sell their pills, Gentle grafters sell brass watches, Silly anarchists yell their ills.
Shall we be as weird as these? In the breezes nod and wheeze? Heaven's mass is sung, Tomorrow's mass is sung In a spirit tongue By wind and dust and birds, The high mass of liberty, While wave the banners red: Sung round the soap-box, A mass for soldiers dead.
When you leave your faction in the once-loved hall, Like a true American tongue-lash them all, Stand then on the corner under starry skies And get you a gang of the worn and the wise.
The soldiers of the Lord may be squeaky when they rally, The soldiers of the Lord are a ***** little army, But the soldiers of the Lord, before the year is through, Will gather the whole nation, recruit all creation, To smite the hosts abhorred, and all the heavens renew — Enforcing with the bayonet the thing the ages teach — Free speech! Free speech! Down with the Prussians, and all their works.
Down with the Turks.
Down with every army that fights against the soap-box, The Pericles, Socrates, Diogenes soap-box, The old Elijah, Jeremiah, John-the-Baptist soap-box, The Rousseau, Mirabeau, Danton soap-box, The Karl Marx, Henry George, Woodrow Wilson soap-box.
We will make the wide earth safe for the soap-box, The everlasting foe of beastliness and tyranny, Platform of liberty: — Magna Charta liberty, Andrew Jackson liberty, bleeding Kansas liberty, New-born Russian liberty: — Battleship of thought, The round world over, Loved by the red-hearted, Loved by the broken-hearted, Fair young Amazon or proud tough rover, Loved by the lion, Loved by the lion, Loved by the lion, Feared by the fox.
The Russian Revolution is the world revolution.
Death at the bedstead of every Kaiser knocks.
The Hohenzollern army shall be felled like the ox.
The fatal hour is striking in all the doomsday clocks.
The while, by freedom's alchemy Beauty is born.
Ring every sleigh-bell, ring every church bell, Blow the clear trumpet, and listen for the answer: — The blast from the sky of the Gabriel horn.
Hail the Russian picture around the little box: — Exiles, Troops in files, Generals in uniform, Mujiks in their smocks, And holy maiden soldiers who have cut away their locks.
All the peoples and the nations in processions mad and great, Are rolling through the Russian Soul as through a city gate: — As though it were a street of stars that paves the shadowy deep.
And mighty Tolstoi leads the van along the stairway steep.
But now the people shout: "Hail to Kerensky, He hurled the tyrants out.
" And this my song is made for Kerensky, Prophet of the world-wide intolerable hope, There on the soap-box, seasoned, dauntless, There amid the Russian celestial kaleidoscope, Flags of liberty, rags and battlesmoke.
Moscow and Chicago! Come let us praise battling Kerensky, Bravo! Bravo! Comrade Kerensky the thunderstorm and rainbow! Comrade Kerensky, Bravo, Bravo!
Written by William Cowper | Create an image from this poem

Ephraim Repenting

 (Jeremiah, xxxi.
18-20) My God, till I received Thy stroke, How like a beast was I! So unaccustom'd to the yoke, So backward to comply.
With grief my just reproach I hear; Shame fills me at the thought, How frequent my rebellions were, What wickedness I wrought.
Thy merciful restraint I scorn'd, And left the pleasant road; Yet turn me, and I shall be turn'd; Thou art the Lord my God.
"Is Ephraim banish'd from my thoughts, Or vile in my esteem? No," saith the Lord, "with all his faults, I still remember him.
"Is he a dear and pleasant child? Yes, dear and pleasant still; Though sin his foolish heart beguiled, And he withstood my will.
"My sharp rebuke has laid him low, He seeks my face again; My pity kindles at his woe, He shall not seek in vain.
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