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You are always in my thoughts

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Despite my abhorrence to poetry in the personals column - I can't believe I'm about to say this, but - I kinda like this one?  Is that embarrassing?  It just doesn't seem all that bad, at least not compared to some of the other drivel I've blogged about.

A.A. - You are always in my thoughts
   Every promise has and will be kept.
"Drearily passes the day,
Dreamily falls the rain;
Bending low my head I pray
That God will soothe my pain.
       Hearts that are weary and worn,
       Hands that are heavy with care,
       Hopes that are blighted and torn,
       Have no relief but prayer.
Welcome's the love that is true,
Wretched the hate unkind,
W[??] the hope, ever new,
For tranquil peace of mind.
       Toil on in faith forever.
       Trust in God to the end;
       He will forsake us never,
       And blessed guidance send.  Fb.
I can't quite make out that one word; any guesses?  I really do think that, as far as amateur poetry goes, it's actually somewhat decent.  Plus, the sentiment is clearly there, but it's not overdone.  Sometimes these people try too hard to be Shakespeare and get really florid and flowery and don't do it well, but this one is much simpler.  Also, despite not being a religious person myself, I can always appreciate the devout when it's clearly so heartfelt.

Maybe what appeals to me is that it is so obviously not about the author, like, at all.  He or she is not being showy, not trying to impress with fancy words, not even really trying to win anyone over.  At first I assumed it was a love poem addressed to "A.A." (and it may be) but then I remembered that often people would start their personal ads with the letter "A" because they were listed alphabetically - so it was a way to get your personal on top.  So when the writer says "You are always in my thoughts," he/she might not be talking to a person as I first assumed, but - to use a 19th-century term - to Providence.  Honestly, I think it's a little weird to publish a prayer in the personals column, which was famous for its very risque ads.  But then again - maybe that was the point.  Trying to bring a little faith into a pretty sinful place.  And given how depressing so many of these personals were, maybe Fb was trying to give hope to all the heartbroken and lovelorn writers.

So Fb, you get a pass.  I will refrain from making fun of your attempts at verse, partly because I think your attempt was actually pretty darn good, but mostly because I think your intentions are so honorable and just too nice to mock.

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Anonymous February 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM  


Pam February 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM  


Pam February 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

Oh - you meant the word I couldn't read - sorry - I thought that was a comment about the poem itself! =) Yeah, "wistful" does make sense there. That could be it.

Pam February 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
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Melynda Huskey February 17, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

It looks like "wretched" to me.

Pam February 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

Melynda - I don't think it's wretched because that's the word right about it - and it's not the same length. Plus it doesn't quite make sense: "Wretched the hope, ever new"?

Melynda Huskey February 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

And that would be me looking at the line above. My vote is also for "wistful."

Anonymous February 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM  

I think it's "wishing." The second "i" has that slightly diagonal dot as in "tranquil" below it. Perhaps the "g" didn't print, b/c there is an unusually wide space b/f "the hope."

Pam February 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

Anon - That make sense too - you're right about that blank space.

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