blog-maryBlog - Joyful Curmudgeon - Blog
A Mary T. Hoffman Commentary from


"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.


We Learned the Whole of Love – 30 November 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

For today I’ve chosen this poem that I found in an old book of poetry:

We Learned the Whole of Love
Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

We learned the whole of love,
The alphabet, the words,
A chapter, then the mighty book –
Then revelation closed.

But in each other’s eyes
An ignorance beheld
Diviner than the childhood’s,
And each to each a child

Attempted to expound
What neither understood.
Alas, that wisdom is so large
And truth so manifold!

For a large collection of poems and stories, visit:

Go on to: Like an Animal? – 1 December 2008
Return to: Resistance to Change – 29 November 2008
Return to: Blog - Main Page
Return to: Archive - By Date
Return to: Archive - By Subject

See Readers Comments