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.”
Mimosas fan out to the sky.
So pink and white their blooms.
Begonias sit their red blooms by
in the writer's outdoor room.
Caladiums with hearts unfurled,
the greenhouse's sentry new.
His sun shines down upon the world
the nightlight panel to shew.
Our gentle-sounding AC hums,
beyond that there is peace
as warmer temps in dripping sums
cause sweat to now increase.
The pine tree stands with thickest bark,
so many years in place.
Within this yard, it makes its mark
with elegance and grace.
Our pansies and our hostas smile
blest growing in each pot.
We're honored, that they stay awhile
presenting all they've got.
by Jay O’Toole
on June 8th, 2023