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If I Wrote a Poem in Latin

February 26, 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

If I wrote a poem in Latin,
I don't know how I'd start.
I'd maybe write of nature,
Or perhaps a work of art.

It's such a beautiful language.
I think you'd all agree.
At times it's very hard,
At others it's just easy.

I'd write it first in English.
Then move the words around.
I'd convert it into Latin,
And see how it would sound.

How fun it is to write!
And in knowledge to abound.
It sheds on your mind new light,
And makes your thoughts profound.

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