Are you tired of all this political outrage -- charges and counter charges? Remember, we do have many bards that speak to us not in the language of politics, but in rhyme.
It is always fun to come across and read poems that amuse, inform and teach us so much about life.
Here are a few examples:"Mr. Meant-To has a comrade,
And his name is Didn't-Do.
Have you ever chanced to meet them?
Did they ever call on you?
These two fellows live together
In the house of Never-Win,
And I'm told that it is haunted
By the ghost of Might-Have-Been."A poet named Richard Gallienne has one worth remembering:"I meant to do my work today
But a brown bird sang in an apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across a field,
And all the leaves were calling me
And the wind went sighing over the land.
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand --
So what could I do but laugh and go?"Maybe you recognize these simple rules for living:
"Honor thy father and mother."
"Thou shall not kill."
"Thou shall not steal."
"Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy."
Yes, these are, as you well know, a few of the Ten Commandments, important pronouncements for each one of us to live by.
In the evening if you are putting a child to bed, read this one to your youngster:
"When little Fred
Was called to bed
He always acted right
He kissed his Mama
and then Papa
And wished them all good night
He made no noise,
Like naughty boys
But gently up the stairs
When he was sent
And always said his prayers."
In speaking of love, poet Roy Croft wrote:"I love you
Not only for what you are.
But for what I am
When I am with you,
not only for what
you have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me."An unknown poet also wrote about love. Here is what he told us:"If you are ever going to love me
love me now while I can know
all the sweet and tender feeling
from which real affection flow.
Love me now while I am living,
do not wait till I am gone
and then chisel it in marble --
warm love words on ice cold stone."Back in elementary school, our teachers taught us early on, and even had us memorize, poetry that stimulated our imagination. We learned about verse and special sounds, and we enjoyed hearing aloud the words of Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Poe, Whitman, Browning, Longfellow and many more masters of poetry. It was always enjoyable to listen to or read rhyming words that suggested more than they say and stir the imagination.
Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.