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.”
Hurry up to get it down.
Write, and write, again.
Edit 'til the weary frown
will finally let you win.
Word Count: Ever-present foe,
insatiable its gut.
This task doth not a subject know.
Each bard must crack this nut.
A poem of a springtime flower.
Essays teach of God.
Novels must have lasting power
to make all eyes applaud.
The Israelites must find their straw,
complete their tale of bricks,
but writing ever has a law,
"Get focus! Get it quick!"
The deadline barks as writers jump,
"2000 in a day!"
The ready pen will noggin thump,
demanding best display.
So, hurry up or not at all.
Just write and write, again.
"You've got a job!" it ever calls.
"You're paycheck has to win!"
Some day we'll write to edify,
but now, "Just get 'er done!"
The deadline barks. We must comply
with subject best or none.
by Jay O’Toole
on March 30th, 2021