One Single Impression: Courage

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What is courage?
I look it up and find courage

To be a marriage of

What is in the heart

With what is in the mind...

Over time,
This has come to mean
Bravery--
Acting despite fear,
And so calming the troubled heart
At every cost.

Really.

But I go back to the dictionary
And find more:

When the heart unites with
Wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness--
That is courage, too.

But who understands it this way?


Really.

Lustiness?

Courage:
The breath and pulse of
The soul.

Call it a marriage if you want.
It is courage.


One Single Impression

Comments

  1. wow! what a thought! I never thought that way. But anyway, Sandy, happy "I love to write day" :)

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  2. Thanks for the splendid poem and the charming photograph, Sandy. I enjoy both very much.

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  3. Courage? ... the meaning eludes me. Maybe when all is said and done, I just think of it as the willingness to try again tomorrow.

    I know there is no peace without courage. No hope.

    I know there isn't a teacher on the planet worth one sharp pencil that doesn't have it. There isn't a mother who reads to her children, teaches them to pray, and tucks them in at night that doesn't have it.

    You certainly have the ability to make one think, to feel things with more conviction. Thanks Sandy! You've been a real "find", a gift.

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  4. I never would have understood it that way... infact I am still puzzeled about the word "unite".

    I looked it up too and found:

    "The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery."

    The vicissitudes, that must be the lustiness ^^

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  5. PS.. did you know that the Dutch word "braaf" which has the same origins as the English word "brave" actually means "virtuous"... (free of vicissitudes).
    No-one ever uses it in any way that might indicate courage. It has gained a pejorative meaning over the years connecting it more with slavish obeyance than with heroic self posession, which is a bit sad.

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  6. Nice poem! very thought provoking. keep up the good work!

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  7. This is an interesting piece. Life itself requires a lot of courage, strength and a big portion of hope.

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  8. Anonymous8:15 AM

    ..very thought provoking..many thanks..

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  9. cool photo and so very true!

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  10. Very nice poem. Love the courage in life and marriage. Tomorrow will be mine 24th wedding anniversary. Right now, I hope you have the courage to read my ghost story...lol. http://alicetravelogue.blogspot.com/2005/12/taiwan-1984.html

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  11. you have captured some of the contradictions in how our culture views courage. Very thought provoking poem.

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  12. What a lovely and thought provoking poem! You have such a wonderful way with words! They really get to the source and make me think! I appreciate that so much! Your photo is lovely as well, they all are....You are multi-talented and I really enjoy visiting your blog for many reasons! Hope you will continue keeping your talent for sharing interesting and beautiful gifts!!

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  13. Sandy, how lovely! That little duck? out there all alone on the water is courageous, don't you think? Thanks for your poetry, Sandy. I try never to miss it! :)

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  14. A different take on the theme. And it makes a lot of sense.

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  15. Well done Sandy - you show great courage often. Courage is doing what you believe to be right regardless of what others believe. You have courage friend, a quality I admire in you.

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  16. Beautiful reflections in the water besides the little duck that makes it interesting. A union of the two is a good definition for courage. . .

    I ahae the quilt on the blog now if you care to drop by again.

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  17. Anonymous2:19 PM

    It is indeed! Wonderful Sandy.

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  18. Courage comes in all forms and is used in everday life!

    Thank Sandy, for a great post and pic!

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  19. This is the contrapuntal tone in courage--always wondered what it was...wow. Thanks, Sandy--you are pretty amazing!

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  20. And it is just that Sandy. Your words here are the truths of so many lives. Awesome, simply awesome! Janice

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  21. Really? Our marriage may be picking up!
    Mrs. Jim and I just now agreed, the first time today! I said that I think white wine is sipp'n wine and red wine is for more serious ocassions. She said, "right, that's the way I think too."

    Really? I hadn't though of lustiness taking courage. It just doesn't seem logical, or that lustiness could be courage.

    Really? I like your poem, especially the beginning. It makes sense and I'm sure that bravery does calm the heart and gives us thought out courage.
    ..
    My poem was an attempt to be dark and strange but not real heavy. Usually mine are intended to be cheerful with a touch of humor.
    ..

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  22. You have a way of making me think, feel, and everthing in between. "The breath and pulse of
    The soul." I could use some of this courage right now, if I only knew how to find it.

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  23. I like the conversational tone of this piece. It's like running one's finger over the word on the page, trying to get inside its meaning.

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  24. Given one's situation, courage can certainly mean
    different things at different times.
    Grat photo and poem.

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  25. Anonymous12:45 AM

    Love it! Courage is doing what your heart says.

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  26. i never linked lustiness with courage either...but now that i think about it, a healthy zest for life (lustiness?) does take courage~ some days more than others.

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  27. Thought provoking for sure - lovely work!

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  28. Lovely photo to go with some amazing words. Beautiful job. I always enjoy your poetry. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. love the deep meaning of your words... so sincere!

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  30. Anonymous8:01 AM

    I love your poetry, so deep and meaningful..

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  31. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Sandy you've made me look at courage in a different way.

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  32. It sure touched the pulse of my soul...

    foundations of wonder

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  33. Hi Sandy! I thought your piece on courage was creative and thought provoking.

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  34. Courage and lustiness? Wow. A very lovely meandering.

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  35. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Sandy, this is some really wonderful insight on your part. Very well said!!! We tend to limit ourselves so much. We tend to judge too much that lies sacred within ourselves. Your poem so spoke to me today. Thank you my dear friend!

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  36. Anonymous3:55 PM

    Wow...what a thought...there obviously are other ways of looking at courage.

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