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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


More “Bliss” – 4 April 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Here are a couple of quotations, attributed to William Bliss Carman, which I like:
“The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance….”
“The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man.”

This is yet another “April” poem by this Canadian poet, editor, and essayist who could use words to “paint” such beautiful scenes of nature:

Bliss Carman (1861-1929)

Once more in misted April
The world is growing green.
Along the winding river
The plumey willows lean.

Beyond the sweeping meadows
The looming mountains rise,
Like battlements of dreamland
Against the brooding skies.

In every wooded valley
The buds are breaking through,
As though the heart of all things
No languor ever knew.

The golden-wings and bluebirds
Call to their heavenly choirs.
The pines are blued and drifted
With smoke of brushwood fires.

And in my sister's garden
Where little breezes run,
The golden daffodillies
Are blowing in the sun.

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