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Beware of the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing, gave nothing, and could never receive enough.
    —    John Ciardi
From the poem:  “In Place Of A Curse
[Researching this quote, I found the following poem:
At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected,
I shall forgive last the delicately wounded who,
having been slugged no harder than anyone else,
never got up again, neither to fight back,
nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration.
They who are wholly broken, and they in whom mercy is understanding,
I shall embrace at once and lead to pillows in heaven.
But they who are the meek by trade, baiting the best of their betters with extortions of a mock-helplessness,
I shall take last to love, and never wholly.
Let them all in Heaven – I abolish Hell –
but let it be read over them as they enter:
Beware the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing
gave nothing, and could never receive enough.
(The italics are mine and do not appear in the original.)  How are you all doing on your New Year’s resolutions?   —    kmab]
On This Day In:
2021 More New Year’s Exercises
7 Done, 12 Down
2021 Another Public Service Message
Greetin’ The Sun
2020 From The Mountains To The Shores
2019 Watering The Trees And Seeds
2018 Take Care Of Me…
2017 Make Some Difference
2016 Still 99%
2015 Adolescent Opinion
2014 In A Big World
2013 Vacancy For God
2012 Sweat Equity
Try It… You’ll Like It
2011 Still Incomplete
2010 Happy New Year – 2010

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