Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter/Spring Greetings

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This is the opening poem from Caroline Kennedy's book She Walks in Beauty A Woman's Journey Through Poems
The poem was written by George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) also known as Lord Byron who wrote Don Juan

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress
Or softly lightens o'er her face,
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek and o'er that brow
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent;
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent.

Caroline Kennedy's introduction to her book revealed many insightful and profound statements. She states "Woman have always been at the center of poetry-throughout history we have been its inspiration...In today's world, as woman struggle to balance work and family, to be good mothers and friends, to care for our children and our parents, poetry can help us accept our limitations. and inspire us to overcome them. In a world where language is too often used to manipulate, poems can help us find our authentic voice....Poems distill our deepest emotions into a very few words-words that we can remember, carry with us, and share with others as we talk and weave the cloth of life."
Speaking of women at the center many are focused on one special woman Kate Middleton and her upcoming nuptials to Prince William. Some have their reasons for tuning into the televised special: curious about the reveal of the dress, they enjoy the spectacle of all the pageantry, wanting to check out what's new in hats, and/or looking to see if the Queen will carry her purse. So... perhaps you have a tiara in the drawer collecting dust and have been looking for some excuse to wear it. How about planning a Royal PJ party to celebrate the wedding ceremony? Where I live the ceremony will be televised at 5:00 AM. I will be posting tomorrow food and drink recipes suitable for a Royal Breakfast with some party favor ideas and links.

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