Poem with Four Epigraphs

The world rings with praise -- lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game -- praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds, praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents praised least. The good critics found something to praise in many imperfect works; the bad ones continually narrowed the list of books we might be allowed to read. The healthy and unaffected man, even if luxuriously brought up and widely experienced in good cookery, could praise a very modest meal: the dyspeptic and the snob found fault with all. 

 

C. S. Lewis

 

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a bas A Bas

vive Vive

 

E. E. Cummings

 

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It is a curiosity of literature how often what one says of another seems applicable to oneself.

 

Marianne Moore

 

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He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

 

William Blake

 

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I embrace

those who embrace

and praise

those who praise





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Written on 2019-03-24 at 13:14

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jim The PoetBay support member heart!
I find this appreciation of things positive inspiring. The epigrams and your poem are worth cutting out, and taping on the fridge.
2019-03-25