Monday, April 28, 2014
A quote from A PSALM OF LIFE
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!"
At the age of 31 in 1838 Henry Longfellow wrote this with the intent of being paid $5.00, he never received that payment and later a collection of poems including this one was sold for .75 cents a copy. Time is fleeting....our hearts......like muffled drums, are beating funeral marches to the grave.
A good poem like a good book or even better a good game draws you in. The story grabs you and tosses you about, makes your mind open to new possibilities. I love when the artwork of a new board game pulls me in, the smell of a freshly opened box, the feel of fine linen cards, the density of the tiles and all the while time is fleeting. But this day, I don't mind taking the time to admire a new creation, engage a new player and be absorbed into a new adventure.
My sister lost her fight with cancer 14 years ago, I assumed by now I would have had my funeral march to the grave, but instead I am alive on the world's broad field of battle. I am in the bivouac of life, traveling through....I have chosen to live my life as a hero....will you join me, brother? Come and take up arms, march by my side, cradle me if I fall and never give up the fight?
All my love, Lynn