A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
a spring locked, a fountain sealed.
Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates
with all choicest fruits,
henna with nard,
nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
with all trees of frankincense,
myrrh and aloes,
with all choice spices—
a garden fountain, a well of living water,
and flowing streams from Lebanon.
Awake, O north wind,
and come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden,
let its spices flow.
A Human Thought is an actual Existence, and a Force and a power, capable of acting upon and controlling matter as well as mind.
— Albert Pike
Little children don’t know all they need to know, but they really sleep well.
— John Piper
In the land of apathy
There’s a pretty girl who waits for me
I was standing there when she looked down
From Kramer’s wall at the edge of town
I stayed till all the rest were gone
My pretty girl, she stood alone
She wouldn’t leave, I asked her why
And this, my friends, was her reply
Shadows fly away from me
I cannot face the light you see
But if they come I’ll fight them all
While I’m standing here on Kramer’s wall
What injustice had decreed
This lonely life she had to lead?
I pitied her but didn’t stay
And the road I followed passed away
From that day on I had no rest
My heart kept burning in my chest
I couldn’t stand my fatal choice
For every night I heard her voice
If you are who I hope you are
You can never run too far
I will never let you fall
I’m watching you from Kramer’s wall
I realized I would rather be
In chains with her than alone and free
For she had shown the kind of love
The greatest ones had been made of
Her haunting words inside my head
Revived the heart I thought was dead
So I took the higher call
And stood with her on Kramer’s wall
Everything may come undone
The sky may fall and rend the sun
But you and I are standing tall
Here on top of Kramer’s wall
Nothing breaks the lover’s soul
Nothing makes the young grow old
Except the time that kills us all
But there is no time on Kramer’s wall
I will never let you fall
I will stand with you on Kramer’s wall.
to look another human in the eye for any period of time at all without beginning to fall in love. That is why people look away from each other so quickly. They don’t dare look each other right in the eye for very long. The love that will follow will overwhelm them. Yet it is because they don’t know what to do with that love that they are overwhelmed.
— Neil Donald Walsch
Morten Lauridsen, Les chansons des roses
Based on the poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.
“Yes, [says the Master quietly] the mirrors know your name. The serpents have your scent. The rivers of roses will not drown you. The apples of glass might lie quiet in your hands. If you burn, you burn like a candle. If you die, you die like dawn. You are very delicious.”
whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
– Samuel Butler (1835 – 1902)
Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.
– R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983)