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Rip Van Winkle Had it Made

February 27, 2010
By A.L.Sommer DIAMOND, Brookfield, Wisconsin
A.L.Sommer DIAMOND, Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world; there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. We were all born to make manifest the glory of God that's within us - it's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-Nelson Mandela

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep:
A place to hide, a place to sleep.
A refuge from a nagging wife
For Mr. Winkle and his knife.
Although a made up character he
Is much like many others would be
And are right here, right now today
Who’d much rather leave, to go, and stay
Deep in the woods where dwarves and fox
Bowl in caves with kegs of beer and mugs to knock
Together with a joyous shout. It makes one weak
And fall into a deep, long sleep
So when one wakes up, all troubles are gone.
One sings a happy, little song
And starts anew in places rich
With milk and honey, and not a ditch
To fall into
Plus a table laden with as much food as you are able
To eat and live a merry life
Free from mortal human strife
You’ll find a wife with not so sharp a bladed tongue
With which to mince you ‘till she’s won
The battle of wits and sin
Of insults growing patience thin
You’ll find your life much better in
The place that gives dreams to men.

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