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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.


These Are the Days When Birds Come Back – 18 May 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Although this poem (one of my favorites) by the American poet Emily Dickinson refers to summer’s end, I’ve decided to use it in today’s Blog – even though it’s springtime here!

These Are the Days When Birds Come Back
By Emily Dickinson
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)

These are the days when birds come back,
A very few, a bird or two,
To take a backward look.

These are the days when skies put on
The old, old sophistries of June, —
A blue and gold mistake.

Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee,
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief,

Till ranks of seeds their witness bear,
And softly through the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf!

Oh, sacrament of summer days,
Oh, last communion in the haze,
Permit a child to join,

Thy sacred emblems to partake,
Thy consecrated bread to break,
Taste thine immortal wine!

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