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What Will Your Verse Be?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

 How many of you remember Dead Poets Society? Look familiar?  If you've never seen it, I highly recommend you watch it sometime. I was using a clip from it for one of the classes I teach at the college where I'm employed and had a whole new appreciation for the movie and for Robin Williams character. I'm going to watch the whole thing again, but be warned, it's not a comedy although there are some great lines.

As we wrap up another year, prepare to celebrate Christmas, and then kick of a New Year I'm seriously wondering about life and death and what I'll do with whatever time I have left here on this planet. Don't mean to be too serious but I have a friend who is fighting breast cancer, and a young friend who is dying in hospice from ovarian cancer. Such things make me stop and think about what I want to accomplish with the rest of my life and I  know that without a doubt I want to continue to write, and I want to continue to counsel in my day job and more than anything I want to make my God proud as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and as I continue my journey.. I think my verse, my life, is and will continue to be one of encouragement.

In this clip, John Keating asks, "And the powerful play goes on. What will your verse be? "

So if I haven't gone too deep on you this close to Christmas I'm wondering, What will your verse be? Got a favorite poet? Favorite poem? Do you write poetry?


  1. Poetry, romance and love are indeed the things we live for. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is one on my favorite poets. And who doesn't love Robert Frost? I know I do. The sonnet is one of the forms I like to write poems with--that and the acrostic poems. They are a lot of fun to write. Batter My Heart Three Personed God, by John Donne is a fantastic poem about our sinful nature and struggle to love God. Who is your favorite, Jillian?

  2. Hi Catherine,
    I just saw your post. I've never read John Donne. I'll have to check that out. My favorite of course is Alfred Noyes. It all started with The Highwayman. :)

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