At Men’s Cafe we have been visiting the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society. In the film we were challenged by this quote.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
Over the next few blog post we have guest bloggers who will contribute their verse.
We thank them.
Winds of Change
Change can be feared
Like a locomotive,
Belching steam as it bears down upon one,
Giant pizza cutter wheels ringing on the rails.
But, with a conscious choice,
Change can be something to move toward,
Like running headlong toward a precipice
Certain in fact,
that one will not be cast and broken among the rocks below,
but instead will soar on the winds that brought it.
The river is rolling,
and it also runs still.
We try controlling,
and breaking its will.
Yet out in the wild
‘tween the dams and lakes,
It does what it wants,
It gives and it takes.