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Enigma
by Duncan Campbell Scott

Some men are born to gather women's tears,
To give a harbour to their timorous fears,
To take them as the dry earth takes the rain,
As the dark wood the warm wind from the plain;
Yet their own tears remain unshed,
Their own tumultuous fears unsaid,
And, seeming steadfast as the forest and the earth,
Shaken are they with pain.
They cry for voice as earth might cry for the sea
Or the wood for consuming fire;
Unanswered they remain
Subject to the sorrows of women utterly --
Heart and mind,
Subject as the dry earth to the rain
Or the dark wood to the wind.

Originally posted to RubDMC on Sun May 15, 2005 at 05:36 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Awsome (4.00)
    and so glad to see a RubDMC diary on the front page.

    "As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." Voltaire

    by Euroliberal on Sun May 15, 2005 at 06:07:29 AM PDT

  •  as always (4.00)
    thanks.

    ..."no, but I have a sticky Warhead in my pocket."

    by getmeoutofdixie on Sun May 15, 2005 at 06:24:40 AM PDT

  •  What A Joy To See One Of (4.00)
    your most excellent diaries up on the rec list.

    They're most always painful but very needed.

    Thanks!

    You can't always tell the truth because you don't always know the truth - but you can ALWAYS be honest.

    by mattman on Sun May 15, 2005 at 07:00:01 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for always doing this... (4.00)
    n/t
  •  All I have to say is: (4.00)
    It's about damn time!

    Recommended as always.

    The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

    by TXsharon on Sun May 15, 2005 at 07:25:24 AM PDT

    •  AMEN! (4.00)
      I just got done posting on another thread, jumped out to the main page, and WHAM! RubDMC's on the rec list. Finally!

      Now let's see how long it'll stay there.

      As an aside, another great diary RubDMC.

      Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity, only not as much fun.

      by Toktora on Sun May 15, 2005 at 07:41:34 AM PDT

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    •  Yes this is a pleasant surprise! (4.00)
      I saw it when RubDMC first put it up this morning and "came in" to do my daily "chapel" thing before going out to do some errands. I've just come back from the farmer's market and the "chapel" is now a full blown "church". We must all be in need of some quiet contemplation today.

      "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

      by Glinda on Sun May 15, 2005 at 09:53:47 AM PDT

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  •  Great to see it on the Rec List! (4.00)
    Thank you again for doing this.

    "It does not require a majority to prevail but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."~ Samuel Adams

    by Pandora on Sun May 15, 2005 at 09:19:37 AM PDT

  •  News from Iraq is terrible (4.00)
    but we do not see that reflected in today's
    MSM headlines. Thanks for this diary!

    Thousands of civilians displaced and fleeing into
    the desert around al Qa'im.

    ICS aid workers are currently on the field, in order to follow the situation and to immediately respond to the needs of the population, which is fleeing from the area of the clashes.

    ICS has verified the presence of approximately 5.000 displaced persons in the near towns of Rawa (1.800) and Aana (3.000): 3.000 more persons have fled in the last 3 days into the desert zones around to city of Qa' im. Link


    18 US Military killed in Iraq on Friday alone. (DoD figures)
    Iraq is a bloody no man's land. America has failed to win the war. But has it lost it?
    Patrick Cockburn, Independent

    Ten US troops were killed in action across Iraq last week. The fighting is now sustained and ferocious. Patrick Cockburn, winner of the Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism, reports from the frontline of America's war on terror

    15 May 2005

    "The battlefield is a great place for liars," Stonewall Jackson once said on viewing the aftermath of a battle in the American civil war.

    The great general meant that the confusion of battle is such that anybody can claim anything during a war and hope to get away with it. But even by the standards of other conflicts, Iraq has been particularly fertile in lies. Going by the claims of President George Bush, the war should long be over since his infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech on 1 May 2003. In fact most of the 1,600 US dead and 12,000 wounded have become casualties in the following two years.

    The ferocious resistance encountered last week by the 1,000-strong US marine task force trying to fight its way into villages around the towns of Qaim and Obeidi in western Iraq shows that the war is far from over. So far nine marines have been killed in the week-long campaign, while another US soldier was killed and four wounded in central Iraq on Friday. Meanwhile, a car bomb targeting a police patrol exploded in central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least five Iraqis and injuring 12.[...] The Independent Link

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Sun May 15, 2005 at 10:02:46 AM PDT

  •  RubDMC does this every day... (4.00)
    and at BooTrib too where he often hits the recommended list.


    This is a great thing -- a surprise that he made it today (?) -- but it IS about time.  


    Thank you for all you do, every day, RubDMC.

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Sun May 15, 2005 at 11:07:53 AM PDT

  •  Weeee! (4.00)
    Front page!!!

    It's about time Rub! You have been doing such an outstanding job!

    And to think my humble diary inspired all this! Snif, snif... I feel like the apple that fell on  Sir Isac Newton's head and inspired him to investigate gravity!

    We're back in the U.S.S.R.
    (You don't know how lucky you are boy
    Back in the U.S.S.R!)

    by lawnorder on Sun May 15, 2005 at 11:37:47 AM PDT

    •  Indeed it was, lawnorder (4.00)
      Indeed it was.

      "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

      by RubDMC on Sun May 15, 2005 at 02:33:35 PM PDT

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    •  More accurately (none)
      YOU were indeed, lawnorder. You were indeed.

      "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

      by RubDMC on Sun May 15, 2005 at 04:59:20 PM PDT

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