Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, 12 July 2006
The Loyalty Oath de-legitimizes Israel.
The occupation de-legitimizes Israel.
The settlements de-legitimize Israel.
The siege of Gaza de-legitimizes Israel.
SILENCING DISSENT DE-LEGITIMIZES ISRAEL.
God bless you.
I had the honor of attending “An Evening With W.S. Merwin” at Kenyon College tonight. Of the poems he read, this one touched me most:
Through all of youth I was looking for you
without knowing what I was looking for
or what to call you I think I did not
even know I was looking how would I
have known you when I saw you as I did
time after time when you appeared to me
as you did naked offering yourself
entirely at that moment and you let
me breathe you touch you taste you knowing
no more than I did and only when I
began to think of losing you did I
recognize you when you were already
part memory part distance remaining
mine in the ways that I learn to miss you
from what we cannot hold the stars are made
These things, to name a few.
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