Sep 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A Bag of Tools

Now, a week later our attention is focused elsewhere.  Last week we were absorbed in sensitively done reminiscences of 9/11.  It was appropriate and wrenching, all at the same time.  Our national heart beat in empathy and sympathy yet again.  We watched as those most intimately touched by the tragedy ran their hands and eyes across the names of those who had died.

I was reminded of  familiar lines of a very old poem (R.L. Sharpe, “A bag of tools,” circa 1809) which seemed to pull us all into the mix of a commonly felt moment:

Isn’t it strange

That princes and kings

And clowns that caper in sawdust rings

And common folk like you and me

Are builders of eternity?

To each is given a bag of tools

And a book of rules.

And each must build,

Ere life is flown,

A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

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