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This prayer was written by J.F.B., State Prison of Massachusetts.


Life, you have beaten me, still,

With stinging wounds, I kiss your hands,

Though you have tortured me until

My joy was crushed, my hopes, my will

For things I do not understand.

Though I have trembled at your power

And wept in terror, hour by hour;

For All our struggling, hate and strife,

I love you, Life

Though what I build, you will destroy;

Though you have snatched joy after joy

From my weak hands, and, though you break

My heart and all my dreams dispel,

And silence every drum and fife

That makes my march less terrible…

I love you, Life.

And, Life, for all your cruel powers,

For all your proud brutality;

How wonderful the few brief hours,

When you are kind to me.

About Reputationist

When I started this blog in 2007 the following is what I was up to - things have changed - some. I'm what my handle states - an Oldude. The problem with this acknowledgment is my thinking and ambitions have not quite got the message of my "oldness". I've started an online Coaching practice and my rant is about how to improve long term happiness - For the World. My thing, I believe I can change the world - isn't that a hoot. The way I intend to change the world is to foster a wider and deeper appreciation for "mindfulness": The daring, flair and grace of Jayz; the political savvy of Cornel West; the creativity of Mos Def with the business and cultural daring of Richard Simmons. I've thought enough - being a philosopher of sorts - and trained hard with some of the sharpest minds ever on the planet - Cornel West and Michel Foucault to know the total absurdity of trying to change the world - but I do and I will. There it is showing my age again.



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