“Virtue itself turns vice, being mis-applied”
-Friar Lawrence in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’
Bridle all your passions
Temper your ambitions
Take action but use caution
Dream, but with conditions
Aim high but still stay grounded
Seek Jesus before riches
Hustle, but don’t hurry (don’t get)
too big for your britches
Nev’r overrate your talents
Or be like Marlowe’s Faustus
Let your life slip out of balance
(Mercy never could rob justice)
Relationships can struggle
Your faith in God can suffer
You’ll pay much too high a price
When your virtues turn to vice
“Our strengths can become our downfall”
-Elder Dallin Oaks
(of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
PS: There are three (3) Book of Mormon references in this poem.
Did you find them?
“The natural [wo]man is an enemy…”
(Mosiah 3:19 in the Book of Mormon)
Toughest critic, newfound cynic, cross examine everything
Radar for threats, emotional debts, I trust only reluctantly
Riches on my mind, not quite as kind, eyeing the world ambitiously
Only a shell of my former self, where is that girl I used to be?
How can I retain my purity after tasting the fruit of iniquity?
Can I regain my innocence in the face of spiritual dissonance?
Struggle between who I am naturally
And the person that I need to be
Caught up in ideal identities
(My best friend and my enemy)
No easy victory in this internal war
I’ve lasted this long; I’ll keep fighting some more
“Got no choice but to fight, so fight on.”
Just because it’s been done before
doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done anymore
Repurpose, re-content, recycle, reuse
Put old things together in a way that is new
The world’s got a short attention span
If it’s worth saying once, it’s worth saying again
Your stuff doesn’t have to be unprecedented
Reworking something’s not the wheel reinvented
The greatest work builds on that of what’sprior
So take some old matches, and set them on fire!
A dream is abstract, a goal is concrete
One’s an idea, and one you can meet
Not knocking on dreams (they’re where change can start!)
Keep dreaming, keep goaling, keep following your heart
A Storm In the Heart
By Katherine Anne Wilkinson Bright
You ask how I’m feeling. Where do I start?
A flood of emotions, a storm in the heart
There’s so much that’s hidden, that no one can see
A complex experience that’s inside of me
A drama with details, sensory overload
Should I tell you or not? Should we go down this road?
I love to express, but have learned to withhold
I’ve shattered some hearts from the things that I’ve told
But hey! Why not! Here goes:
Indecisively satisfied, feeling rebellious
Grateful to God, and painfully jealous
Self-loathing, self-soothing, and so self-assured
I’m wise beyond years, and so immature
Exhausted, awake, just leave me alone!
I’m lonely, want company, can’t be on my own
Inspired, impassioned, discouraged, and bored
I’m panicked, I’m peaceful, and thirty things more.
Just let these emotions run their due course
(Does admitting them to you relieve or reinforce?)
I need water, prayer, and perhaps a good cry.
Then I’ll be back to me; I’m going to be fine
So you want to know what’s under my hat?
I like you too much to subject you to that!
Controversy alert! (get over it)
If there is any doubt that Kate Kelly (founder of Ordain Women) has gone completely off the deep end (AKA gone apostate), here is a picture of her posing with Texas state senator Wendy David, who famously (and miserably) filibustered for the “right” to abort viable babies past 20 weeks. Abortion is the great horror of civilization, but thankfully all can reject this great evil and be forgiven through Jesus Christ. Still, it’s telling that Ms. Kelly associates with such women as Senator Davis. Don’t be led astray.
“By their fruits [and their company!] ye shall know them.”
PS: If you think it’s inappropriate/ judgmental of me to post this, I’d ask you this question: who’s actions are worse-mine or Kate Kelly’s?