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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Living Fountain

 Living by an unknown author

To touch the cup with eager lips and taste, not drain it;
To woo and tempt and court a bliss ~ and not attain it;

To fondle and caress a joy, yet hold it lightly,
Lest it become necessity and cling too tightly;

To watch the sun set in the west without regretting;
To hail its advent in the east ~ the night forgetting;

To smother care in happiness and grief in laughter;
To hold the present close ~ not questioning hereafter;

To have enough to share ~ to know the joy of giving;
To thrill with all the sweets of life ~ is living.

The poet speaks of sharing and penned their thoughts and feelings so unselfishly without even leaving their name to seek recognition. This is one of the many poems selected by Hazel Felleman for The Best Loved Poems of the American People. We should not feel bad that we are not in this book as it was copy written in 1936. :-) That was before my time. 

But we are in time for Watery Wednesday. Come splash in the water with us! Join us for join us for: Outdoor Wednesday, and Watery Wednesday!


Icy BC September 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

Wow..1936! It was way before my time, but it is a beautiful poem! Your pictures are also very lovely!

Judy Sheldon-Walker September 28, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Thanks, Icy, I would say that is before our time. lol

2sweetnsaxy September 28, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Aren't fountains wonderful? Hope you're enjoying your WW. :-)

J Bar September 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

Interesting fountain.

Luna Miranda September 29, 2010 at 1:07 AM  

the poem is lovely, so as this fountain. the second photo is my favorite.

Marites September 29, 2010 at 3:12 AM  

there's something about fountains that cam the nerves. nice poem!

Self Sagacity September 29, 2010 at 3:12 AM  

Great selection I must say Judy. It shows, you must be a romantic person. More so than I, I think. Smiles

Cher September 29, 2010 at 4:14 AM  

the poems you share never fail to touch my heart...

Mumsy September 29, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

Great photos and poem! I like the sparkling of the sun in the water..

Linda September 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

Way before my time too...but so many poems are timeless...lovely poema dngreat phots too!

CA Johnson September 30, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

I really enjoyed the poem and the pics. They were really beautiful. I have never seen fountains like that before.

Ruthi September 30, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

simply refreshing... both the pictures and the poem.

SquirrelQueen October 4, 2010 at 4:48 AM  

That is a beautiful little fountain, I like the way the water ripples around it.

While that book is way before my time too I believe I have a copy of it. It was given to me many years ago.

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