Gateway Arch
Occasional Picture July 2009 

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Gateway Arch

© 2009 Marina Rundell

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"As soon as you rise above mere survival, the question of meaning and purpose become paramount." - A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

COMMENCEMENT

A rare event occurred
a spiritualist got asked
to give a graduation speech.

From the podium
of unfamiliar territory
she looks out
at a frontier of caps and gowns.

She begins,
at the Gateway to the West
walk through, go forth and do.
All that needs to be done
has been done
so you, too, can say,
the Arch has already been built.

What then, you ask.
All that needs to be learned
has been learned
so, you, too, can add,
the Mississippi has already cried
and dried into deltas.

What else, you ask again.
All that needs to be thought
has been thought
so you, too, can claim,
expeditions have already reached oceans.

What now? Anything left?
There's the Gateway within.
All that needs to be felt
has been felt,
so you, too, can know
the lesson is love.

I already knew this, you reply.
But now you're conscious it's real
that you, everyone, everything
together is loved,
have it all already,
like one timeless diploma.

From this is your Gateway
to the world.

© 2009 Marina Rundell

Quote below is from the book,A Course in Miracles.

"God is the Love in which I forgive. God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself."

"Yet although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis for forgiveness. Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called salvation. It is the means by which illusions disappear."

DEAR OTHER WOMAN

Dear other woman,
I'm writing to you
because I know
what his wife is going through.

If you truly loved him
you would have considered
that giving him permission
to touch your tan lines,
would taint his career,
break his home life,
and injure his children.
No, this isn’t true love.
If you truly loved
then you wouldn't hurt him
in this way.

She gave him twenty years,
sons and a career.
What did you give?
You served yourself up
like a side dish in a pleasure cruise.
You gave him lies at a press conference
where he choked into a microphone alone,
and wouldn’t even utter your name
because taxpayers paid for your sheets.
No, this isn’t true love.

Accept all this, become aware
of your ego, your little me
that desires his deceiving attention
that didn't end his marriage first
before coming to you
that left his state to believe
he was in the woods soul searching.

It's not too late
when you can act to a higher calling
next time and don’t even get him started
when you can say no and leave
another woman's husband alone.
It can be as simple as that
as when you ask your children
to behave when you tell them no.

Have you ever heard
of the single man? widower? divorce'?
You must not have.
They're available, you know.

In closing,
seek a more peaceful way
to find true love.

© 2009 Marina Rundell

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Lyrics from Dust in the Wind by Kansas

Songwriters: Livgren, Kerry

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone

All my dreams, pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind

 

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea

All we do, crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind.

Oh____________

 

Don't hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky

It slips away, all your money won't another minute buy

 

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind

Dust in the wind, everything is dust in the wind (everything is dust in the wind)

- http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/k/kansas/dust_in_the_wind.html

Get the album here.

Lyrics to I've Got A Name by Jim Croce

Like the pine trees lining the winding road
I've got a name
I've got a name
like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I've got a name
I've got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
but I'm living the dream that he kept hid
Moving me down the highway
rolling me down the highway
moving ahead so life won't pass me by
Like the North wind whistling down the sky
I've got a song
I've got a song
like the whip-poor-will and the babies crying
I've got a song
I've got a song
And I carry it with me and I sing it proud
if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud
Moving me down the highway
rolling me down the highway
moving ahead so life won't pass me by
And I'm gonna go there free
Like the fool I am and I'll always be
I've got a dream
I've got a dream
They can change their minds but they can't change me
I've got a dream
I've got a dream
I know I could share it if you want me to
if you're going my way I'll go with you
Moving me down the highway
rolling me down the highway
moving ahead so life won't pass me by
Moving me down the highway
rolling me down the highway
moving ahead so life won't pass me by  

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