“Like a sunrise from a lonely night…”
“Weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning.”
“Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces…But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.”
-Joseph Wirthlin (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; deceased)
My heart is heaviest in the night
But I know the morning brings new light
If the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints weren’t true,
19 year old boys would have ruined it a long time ago.
A Poem on the Unfortunate Trend of Jorts (jean shorts for males):
If a guy wears jorts
he should go to court
and serve some time
for his fashion crime
Jorts are terrible
Not tryin’ to be unkind,
but if you think they’re ok, you’re blind
No one should be keen
on shorts that are jean
To conclude this poem, I’ll be short
Men, PLEASE steer clear of those hideous jorts!
Nevertheless, ‘The Lord looketh upon the heart” (1st Samuel 16:7)
“I draw myself apart, searching my soul.”
-Where Can I Turn for Peace? (Hymn #129)
“Some nights I call it a draw.”
“Boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me; therefore turn and draw. TURN AND DRAW!”
-Tybalt (from Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”)
“You were the one I tried to draw.”
“God doesn’t bother telling you
not to do things that you’re not driven to do.”
-Ben Shapiro (my favorite Jew)
“There hath no temptation taken you,
but such as is common to man.”
-1st Corinthians 10:13
You know those people who are (semi) professional singers/ actors/ actresses/ performers who sing all loud and dramatically in Church? Yeah, I find it pretty obnoxious. You’re not on stage or at an audition, so tone it down a bit, wouldja? And seriously, we all know you’re into performing. No need to brag or marvel at the sound of your own voice. Please stop immediately. Learn to blend in a bit.
Sing out pretty, and sing out clear,
But you’re not the only one I wanna hear!
PS: I am friends with plenty of musical/theater people who don’t do this. They know when to turn on the Broadway, and when to be more subtle. This isn’t a diss to those kind of people. Just a diss to the annoying people.
“It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
“It takes a fool to love you, and I’m just the fool for you.”
-John Mayer (ever heard of him?)
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
-Puck (from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)
“I know I’m not the only fool who’s been hurt like this.”
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
-Touchstone (from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”)
“You are such a fool to worry like you do.”
“You see, I’m a fool in so many ways.”
(That was a lot! And there more too)
“Be just as alert for a diamond in the rough
as you are wary of fool’s gold.” (omgosh, ❤ this quote!)
-Lance Wickman (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
“Had a tough time, got a rough start.”
“I am like a huge rough stone rolling down from a high mountain.”
-Joseph Smith Jr.
“My rough-around-the-edges heart is yours.”
“In this Church, there are no strangers and no outcasts.
There are brothers and sisters.”
-Gérald Caussé (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
“It’s the moments that save my life,
like a smile in a stranger‘s eyes.”
“No longer as strangers on Earth need we roam.”
-“Now Let Us Rejoice” (Hymn #3)
“Everybody’s just a stranger,
but that’s the danger of going my own way.”
Make a smile your default expression…
Gazpacho (the soup)
Gestapo (secret police in Nazi Germany??)
Police need to be vigilant and not be…
I desire to be…
What about you?
“…as ye…are willing to bear one another’s burdens…”
-Mosiah 18:8 (in the Book of Mormon)
“I’ll never be your beast of burden.“
-The Rolling Stones (John Mayer does a great rendition!)
“My yoke is easy; and my burden is light.”
-Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:30)
My burden is hurtin’.
(PS. Don’t get mad at me for including the picture with the phrase “White Man’s Burden,” which is historically tinged with racist undertones. That is a book about how so many charitable/philanthropic efforts by white Westerners have actually done more damage than good)
(just watch it!!!)
Don’t give me crap,
and don’t give me flack.
Don’t say that I slack
when there’s something I lack.
My weakness is magnified in my own eyes,
so don’t you insult me by speaking so coldly.
(to quote John) “I’m in repair; I’m getting there”
and what I need most is for you to CARE!
But it’s a huge disadvantage
when you try to micromanage.
‘cuz the best way to affect me
is to simply respect me.
So you do your thing, and I’ll do mine.
And we should get along just fine!
“The sweetest melody is the one we haven’t heard.”
“We are proud of the artistic heritage that the Church has brought to us from its earliest beginnings, but the full story of Mormonism has never yet been written nor painted nor sculpted nor spoken.”
-Spencer Kimball; “The Gospel Vision of the Arts” (I LOVE THIS TALK!)
“The rest is still unwritten.”
My greatest creation
is still yet to be.
I daily am searching for
that inspiration in me
I’m no special professional,
no Shakespeare or Mayer
but I desire to express,
and have something to share
So give me some time,
and I just might be victorious
in creating something beautiful,
valuable, and glorious.
My greatest creation…
is still yet to be.
“If they never should have bitter,
they could not know the sweet.”
(Doctrine & Covenants 29:39)
“There are some who avoid
All the pain that will come with the fall
But if that’s the case
It would surely erase
All the joy that you’ll feel
When the hurt fades away.”
Keep this in mind, Katherine.
make a mental collection
of all your imperfections
Then make necessary corrections
and go in a new direction!
“The wilderness shall be glad; and the desert shall blossom as the rose.”
“A rose by any other word would smell as sweet.”
-Juliet from Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”
“Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?”
“Everytime I held a rose, it seems I only felt the thorns.”
“You can’t be everything you wanna be before your time.”
“Why is it not my time? What is there more to learn?”
“We cannot have faith in the Lord without also having faith in the Lord’s timing.”
-Dallin Oaks (member of the Quorum of the 12 of TCOJCOLDS)
It’s hard to be patient
when I feel like I’m ancient
But nothing comes of frustration
so I’ll just keep on waitin’…
Peace on Earth, good will to men
“Blessed are the peacemakers” (from the Sermon on the Mount)
Peacekeeper (from Hunger Games)
Pacemaker (like a substitute heart or something??)
Keep a good pace
Pace, place, face
“I…fill the spaces with wooden places
to make it feel like home,
but all I feel’s ALONE!”
That was a line from “Why Georgia.”
“I am an architect of days that haven’t happened yet.”
“We are the architects of our own happiness.”
-Gérald Caussé (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
You are the architect.
What will you build?
“My only love sprung from my only hate!”
-Juliet in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”
“I hate to see you cry….”
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you…
do good to them that hate you.”
-Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:44)
“Hate cannot drive out hate…only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
“You hate going home alone.”
If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”
(Katherine in Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’)
“[T]he grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.”
-Mosiah 16:8 (in the Book of Mormon)
“What once was hurt no longer stings
Because grace makes beauty out of ugly things”
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
-1st Corinthians 15:35 (in the New Testament in the Bible)
” ‘Grace.’ It’s a name for a girl. It’s also a thought that changed the world.”
“It is by grace we are saved after all we can do.”
(2nd Nephi 25:23)
“By the grace of God, I picked myself back up.”
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”
-Amazing Grace (duh)
I get the feeling that the priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan weren’t bad people and probably were going to legitimately important meetings. But service is usually not convenient: all the more reason to do it.
“No one seemed to know me. Everybody passed me by.”
(Robert Johnson/ Eric Clapton/ John Mayer)
Don’t be too busy to serve other people.
“Did not our hearts burn within us?”
-Luke 24:23 (in the New Testament in the Bible)
“And we’re gonna let it burn, burn, burn.”
‘I thought seriously to burn down the house to reach the smell.”
-The narrator in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’
“My dear, we’re slow dancing in a burning room.”
“Live life with no regrets!” seems to be a popular adage these days.
I think it’s problematic. Dumb, even.
I try to make decisions that I won’t later regret. But if/when I DO make a mistake, I want to regret it. I want to make amends (when appropriate), learn from it, forgive myself, and move on. But I don’t want to NOT regret it, or not acknowledge it was a mistake. That’s ignorant. That’s foolish. And above all, that’s prideful.
The “no regrets” philosophy seems to be based on the implication that nothing is inherently wrong. Nothing is bad. Everything is fluid, so why not just go with it?
I cannot and will not get behind that.
“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness….” -2nd Nephi 2:13
I have regrets. I don’t waste my life punishing myself for past mistakes, but I have things I wish I had done differently;
I have regrets. And I’m glad I do.
What are YOUR thoughts/ experiences concerning regrets?
Everyday, I get a little bit smarter,
but everyday is a little bit harder
Gotta try to take it all line upon line; (it’ll all be fine in time!)
Trying to understand-precept upon precept….except
DANG! the learning curve is steep
I’m in too deep and losing sleep!
“But I still got time, and still got faith”
(There I go, quoting Mayer again
Now it’s almost time for this confessional poem to END!)
There’s choices I should edit, but gotta give myself credit
‘Cuz as far as I can tell, there’s lotsa stuff I do well!
And as long as I’m tryin’, still got that pocketful of sunshine
Looks like this poem I’ve sealed, with the words of Ms. Bedingfield
I gotta stop! Before my rhymes start to flop
But I just keep going, like a plane made by Boeing
That’s it! That’s it! I’ve had enough
Cuz’ right now, staying awake is way too tough.
Goodniiiiight! I ❤ you all (figuratively and/or literally)!
Sometimes someone gives you a compliment,
and it’s actually patronizing.
But sometimes, someone patronizes you,
and it’s actually a compliment.
Chew on that a bit…
“This marriage may be lucky enough to turn the hatred between your families into pure love.” (The Friar in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’)
“Blessed are the pure in heart…” (Matthew 5:8)
“There’s a light in your eyes that is pure.” (John Mayer)
“Charity is the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47)
There is something truly admirable about people who’ve weathered some storms; people who’ve experienced heartache and then overcome. They’re not naive to suffering, their character is deepened, and their ability to empathize with other people is increased.
“There’s so much to adore
in a heart that is blue.“
It’s an exciting endeavor
to be writing forever
Can’t do internal rhymes
For an eternal amount of times
But I CAN wittily express
and get things off my chest
figuratively! you sicko perv
Whoops! I gotta try to swerve
away from dirty jokes; gotta steer clear
‘cuz I don’t wanna burn up in a sleazy atmosphere
And I just quoted John Mayer, in case you didn’t catch it
When it comes to his music, there’s nothing to match it
Now I gotta go to bed, to avoid a pounding in my head
Need to “save these questions for another day”
A least that’s what Billy Joel would say 🙂
I’ll try and turn off my thoughts
‘cuz heaven knows there are LOTS!
Alright self, time for this poem to end,
so goodnight, lovely friends!
“Time leaves us polished stones.”
“Oh, you are men of stone! Had I your tongue and eyes, I’d use them.”
-King Lear (by William Shakespeare)
“The Lord is fulfilling His promise that His gospel shall be as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands…”
-President Gordon Hinckley (quoting parts of the Book of Daniel and the Doctrine & Covenants)
“Roll the stone away. Let the guilty pay.”
“She’s got a light around her.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
“I am the light and the life of the world”
-Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:12)
“You’re the only light I ever saw.”
(PS. I know there are a million examples,
but I just picked a few of my favorite lines about light)
“Grief is the natural by-product of love. The only way to avoid the grief would be to not experience the love; and it is love that gives life its richness and meaning.”
(of the Quorum of the 70 of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
What are your experiences with grief?
grief is the natural by-product of love…
Look who’s back in the news (in Vanity Fair, no less!!
(the ever virtuous Monica Lewisky, former White House intern and mistress of the equally virtuous President Clinton)
Monica, play your harmonica
to a different tune, you crazy lune!
Bad press is good press, I guess
DON’T YOU THINK YOU’VE ALREADY
MADE ENOUGH OF A MESS?!
Consumption vs. Creation
(figurative and/or literal)
How much do YOU consume?
How much do you create?
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul…we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.”
this video gives me goosebumps…
Creation vs. Consumption
(make sure you’re creating!)
Speak your peace,
and speak your mind.
But don’t leave others far behind
When the same person talks,
it’s not only annoying
but there are other people’s chances
you might be destroying
And it’s a sign of pretension
when you hog the attention.
Hope it’s not your intention
to occupy all perceived dimensions.
The center may be fun,
but you’re not the only one.
Sometimes others rightfully yearn
to be understood and have their turn.
You don’t always have to have the last word.
‘cuz yours is not the sole voice that needs to be heard.
So accommodate, don’t dominate
and remember EVERYONE needs a say.
(This poem was inspired by a very annoying person I once knew who couldn’t for the life of him/her pipe down and let other people talk. Don’t be like that, ok? SOOOOOOOOOO obnoxious).
“Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered weak and weary…”
-“The Raven” (Edgar Allen Poe)
“So when life gets dark and dreary,
don’t forget to pray.”
-“Did you think to Pray?” (hymn # 140)
“Days of absence, sad and dreary,
clothed in sorrow’s dark array.”
Days of absence, I am weary.
She I love who is far away.”
“And it came to pass…that I beheld myself
that I was in a dark and dreary waste.”
-1 Nephi 8:7 (in the Book of Mormon)
I may be a sloth, but I’m no slothful servant,
and I will NOT apologize for eating coffee ice cream!
For my friends who may not know, the term “slothful servant” comes from the Doctrine & Covenants, which members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regard as scripture. It refers to people who have to be commanded in EVERYTHING. Like, basically they want to be micromanaged.
It is true that we accept certain standards of living as immutable commandments. But for smaller things, it’s just personal preference, know what I’m saying? In adherence to the code of spiritual/physical health known as the Word of Wisdom, Mormons do not drink coffee. Buuuuut things like coffee ice cream are not set in stone, and, lezbehonest, are not THAT important.
So I think I’ll enjoy myself some more Haagen-Dazs
If you look into my eyes
you’ll see behind a thin disguise
that when you resort to trivialize
but never can legitimize
and all you do is patronize
a little part of my soul dies.
But the bigger part of me lives.