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An area of verse to lift and inspire us through dark times.


If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

      -- Thich Nhat Hanh

All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
Lucy Van Pelt



Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am the song that will never end.
I am the love of family and friend.
I am the child who has come to rest 
In the arms of the Father who knows him best.

When you see the sunset fair,
I am the scented evening air.
I am the joy of a task well done.
I am the glow of the setting sun.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

~ Mary E. Frye ~

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

      -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Well, if it's that obvious to a child...

A man had a habit of grumbling at the food his wife placed before him at family meals. Then he would ask the blessing.

One day after his usual combination complaint-prayer, his little girl asked, "Daddy, does God hear us when we pray?"

"Why, of course," he replied. "He hears us every time we pray."

She pauses on this a moment, and asked, "Does he hear everything we say the rest of the time?"

"Yes, dear, every word," he replied, encouraged that he had inspired his daughter to be curious about spiritual matters.

However, his pride was quickly turned to humility...

"Then which does God believe?"

If your troubles are deep seated and long standing,
try kneeling.

we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Mother Teresa

If You Think You are Beaten
Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”
—Henry Louis Mencken

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
—Franklin P. Jones

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
—Erica Jong

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

“Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?”
—Richard Bach

"Remember, peace should be more than just a word.  It should be an acronym meaning: People Enjoying A Cultrual Exchange.  I pray you are always living in state of P.E.A.C.E."
- Jonathan-Jetski Thorn

A Special Hymn

A preacher was completing a temperance sermon; with great expression he said, "If I had all the beer in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."

With even greater emphasis he said, "And if I had all the wine in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."

And then finally, he said, "And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I'd take it and throw it into the river."

He sat down.

The song leader then stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, "For our closing song, let us sing Hymn # 365: "Shall We Gather at the River."

Roses For Rose
by James A. Kisner

Red roses were her favorites,
her name was also Rose.
And every year her husband sent them, tied with pretty bows.
The year he died, the roses were delivered to her door.
The card said, "Be my Valentine," like all the years before.

Each year he sent her roses, and the note would always say,
"I love you even more this year, than last year on this day."
"My love for you will always grow, with every passing year."
She knew this was the last time that the roses would appear.

She thought, he ordered roses in advance before this day.
Her loving husband did not know, that he would pass away.
He always liked to do things early, way before the time.
Then, if he got too busy, everything would work out fine.

She trimmed the stems, and placed them in a very special vase.
Then, sat the vase beside the portrait of his smiling face.
She would sit for hours, in her husband's favorite chair.
While staring at his picture, and the roses sitting there.

A year went by, and it was hard to live without her mate.
With loneliness and solitude, that had become her fate.
Then, the very hour, as on Valentines before,
The doorbell rang, and there were roses, sitting by her door.

She brought the roses in, and then just looked at them in shock.
Then, went to get the telephone, to call the florist shop.
The owner answered, and she asked him, if he would explain,
Why would someone do this to her, causing her such pain?

I know your husband passed away, more than a year ago,"
The owner said, "I knew you'd call, and you would want to know."
"The flowers you received today, were paid for in advance."
"Your husband always planned ahead, he left nothing to chance."

"There is a standing order, that I have on file down here,
And he has paid, well in advance, you'll get them every year.
There also is another thing, that I think you should know,
He wrote a special little card...he did this years ago."

"Then, should ever, I find out that he's no longer here,
That's the card...that should be sent, to you the following year."
She thanked him and hung up the phone, her tears now flowing hard.
Her fingers shaking, as she slowly reached to get the card.

Inside the card, she saw that he had written her a note.
Then, as she stared in total silence, this is what he wrote...
"Hello my love, I know it's been a year since I've been gone,
I hope it hasn't been too hard for you to overcome."

"I know it must be lonely, and the pain is very real.
For if it was the other way, I know how I would feel.
The love we shared made everything so beautiful in life.
I loved you more than words can say, you were the perfect wife."

"You were my friend and lover, you fulfilled my every need.
I know it's only been a year, but please try not to grieve.
I want you to be happy, even when you shed your tears.
That is why the roses will be sent to you for years."

"When you get these roses, think of all the happiness,
That we had together, and how both of us were blessed.
I have always loved you and I know I always will.
But, my love, you must go on, you have some living still."

"Please...try to find happiness, while living out your days.
I know it is not easy, but I hope you find some ways.
The roses will come every year, and they will only stop,
When your door's not answered, when the florist stops to knock."

"He will come five times that day, in case you have gone out.
But after his last visit, he will know without a doubt,
To take the roses to the place, where I've instructed him,
And place the roses where we are, together once again."

Disclaimer: James Kisner's poems are copyrighted
 by Fleeting Moments Publishing and may not be
 reproduced without permission. 
All copies of poems MUST include these credits.

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

      -- William Gladstone (1809-1898)

Lesson in Lying

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit
 on a porch and swing with, never say a word, 
and then walk away feeling
like it was the best conversation you've ever had.

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.

      -- Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

The happiest of people don't necessarily have
the best of everything;
 they make the best of everything that
they have.

An Irish Blessing
Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

There was never a good war or a bad peace.

      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Why me?", then a voice answers "Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up."
Charlie Brown

An Irish Blessing - too
May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent!

The Lame Puppy

A small boy walked into a shop in front of which was a sign board saying: "Puppies sold here." The boy wanted so much to have a puppy. On enquiry, the owner told him the prices. The boy didn't have enough money. However he pleaded with the owner to let him have a glance at the puppies. Unable to reject his plea, the owner whistled and there came a dog with many puppies.

The boy who watched the puppies with keen interest and noticed that the puppy that came last was lame. "Poor thing. What happened to it?" he asked the owner. "From birth it is lame. All treatments to cure him have failed," said the owner. Looking at the puppy with deep pity the boy asked, "Will you sell that puppy to me? I'll pay the price in instalments." Looking at the boy with astonishment, the owner asked him, "Child, why do you need a lame puppy? It won't be able to play with you. Can't you buy a normal one?" But the boy insisted that he wanted only the lame puppy.

Finally the shopkeeper said, "You can take the puppy with you. I'll give it free to you." To the shopkeeper's surprise, the boy still insisted that he pays for the puppy and that too at the same price as the others. The owner asked him why he was so fond of that lame puppy. The boy pulled up his pants and showed him his artificial leg. "See, I too have lost a leg. Therefore I'll be able to share my heart with this puppy. I would be able to understand it's pain and it would be able to understand mine."

An Irish Blessing - Thrice
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

What is told may be heard,
but not easily remembered;
What is shown will be seen,
and not easily forgotten.

- The Minister of Leaves


If I knew you and you knew me,
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine,
The meaning of your heart and mine,
I'm sure that we would differ less,
And clasp our hands in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree,
If I knew you and you knew me.

 A Smile
Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing, but gives much-
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.

It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business,
And is the best antidote for trouble-
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.

Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours-
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
—Saint Thomas Aquinas

“Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as two sides of an algebraic equation.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”
—Jalaluddin Rumi