|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
But the home they knew, when their years were
Is the dearest of all their treasures.
An' the richest man to the poorest waif
Right under the skin is brother
When they stand an' sigh, with a tear-dimmed
At a thought of the dear old mother.
It makes no difference where it may be,
Nor the fortunes that years may alter,
Be they simple or wise, the old home ties
A Heap O' Livin'
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
whilst you held it, and I was a vane that must turn to your blowing for
my honour's sake and for the sake of the cause in which I worked.
Through no rashness of mine must that letter come into the hands of the
King's friends, else was I dishonoured. It was an effective barrier
between us. So long as you possessed that letter you might pipe as you
pleased, and I must dance to the tune you set. And then this morning
what you came to tell me was that things were changed; that it was mine
to call the tune. Had I had the strength to be a villain, you had been
mine now, and your brother and Sir Rowland might have hanged on the rope
of their own weaving."
She looked at him in a startled, almost shamefaced manner. This was an
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Three Taverns by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Of him you lean on while he leans on you.
This easy phrasing is a game of yours
That you may win to lose. I beg your pardon,
But you that have the sight will not employ
The will to see with it. If you did so,
There might be fewer ditches dug for others
In your perspective; and there might be fewer
Contemporary motes of prejudice
Between you and the man who made the dust.
Call him a genius or a gentleman,