Pelican Poetry

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Pelican’s Morning

Flapping and fluttering of feathery wings.
Winging their way, on fluffy fantastic down,
Down on the lake they begin to preen,
Preen in the reflected face of the shimmering water
Water is their life, their food, their all,
All of them, families young and old preening and feeding together,
Together they fish, float, flap, flurry and flounder on the rocks they call home.

 

 

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Something to Ponder About

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

In action, anxiety disappers. Unknown proverb

That is one of the remarkable things in life, It’s never so bad that it can’t get worse.

Bill Watterson

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Proverbial Thursday gives you something to ponder about.

Proverbial Thurs/ Friday – Quotes

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make me think more deeply about something. Each Thursday, I post  words that I find thought-provoking. I hope you will find them intriguing too.

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This week, Proverbial Thursday is a little different, as I will post two quotes that are my response to the tragedy in Belgium –

“When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
― Confucius

“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin.”
― Confucius

What is the message Confucius is trying to convey about a man’s character? Is this the portrait of a “superior” man?

Does a characteristic you might revile, or dislike, in your neighbour help you to see your own faults?

Something to Ponder About

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Proverbial Thursday- Global Proverbs

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

Bättre en fågel i handen än tio i skogen.

Better a bird in hand then 10 in the forest – Swedish

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and the quote this week, is a departure from Nietzsche’s words of previous weeks:

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” – Boris Pasternak

and this also from the author of Dr Zhivago:

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.

[Boris L. Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. His… first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language.- Wikipedia]

Do you Agree with today’s words? Is surprise the greatest of all gifts from life?

Was Boris correct about the purpose of literature?

And what do you make of the wry humour in the Swedish proverb?

I would love to hear your thoughts so please share them.

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Proverbial Thursday – Something to Ponder About

Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

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Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” -Robert McKee

Proverbial Thursday gives you Something to Ponder About