by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."
C. S. Lewis
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis
“I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
The sun was shining wondrous bright.
The pansies needed homes.
The work required was far from light.
I tousled up the loam.
A three-pronged claw released the roots.
My hands grabbed clods of grass,
and throwing them past my big boots,
I finished a big task.
Garden soil, now, fully bare,
I brought the cedar mulch,
and smoothed the cover from here to there
aroma to divulge.
Well thought-out placement, flower faces
found their homes in front
of the greenhouse "castle," and it's graces,
like a cake of loamy bundt.
This joy, now done needs water's spray
to quench the thirst of all,
to settle roots in newest day,
protection from God call.
Such beauty blessed, I pray their safety now
from cold and fauna, that they might e'er live.
The frost tonight could make them freeze and bow,
but hope in tact, I'll wait them time to give.
The pansies last beyond the hardened freeze,
but deer can be another thing, indeed.
The ice can come and go on all of these,
but "salad" brings them low of faunish greed.
By grace we'll see the pansies soon,
and joy at ev'ry sight.
Tonight the cold may be a boon
for springtime's joy, delight.
by Jay O’Toole
on January 27th, 2023
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