Friday, November 11, 2011

Paul Lawrence Dunbar: "By the Stream"

Considering the hectic pace of life today, the incredibly fast transmission of news (usually a catastrophe or something equally bad), the intolerance and hatred of so many leaders cloaked in the name of patriotism, and the raucous demands of various, competing interest groups, perhaps we should take some time out and meditate on something a bit slower and natural and relaxing--something as simple as leaving all of our electronic naggers at home and finding a tree to sit down and lean up against that happens to be (or perhaps maybe just the tree alone)

By the Stream

By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass,
How the clouds like crowds of snowy-hued and white-robed maidens pass,
And the water into ripples breaks and sparkles as it spreads,
Like a host of armored knights with silver helmets on their heads.
And I deem the stream an emblem fit of human life may go,
For I find a mind may sparkle much, and yet but shallows show,
And a soul may glow with myriad lights and wondrous mysteries,
When it only lies a dormant thing and mirrors what it sees.

Sometimes maybe a fantasy break would be healthier for us than a coffee break.


  1. I agree, Fred. But it's doubtful that people today know HOW to take a break or even how to use one. I think I'm the only one in my town who doesn't walk around with a phone attached to an ear.

  2. Yvette,

    Many might say there's no time for a fantasy break while others wouldn't see the reason or need for one.

    I'm one of the dwindling few who doesn't walk around town with a mobile phone in a pocket, purse, or belt holder.