Saturday, September 8, 2012

More rhetoric


~ WC Wentworth

Words are deeds. The words we hear
May revolutionize or rear
A mighty state. The words we read
May be a spiritual deed
Excelling any fleshly one,
As much as the celestial sun
Transcends a bonfire, made to throw
A light upon some raree-show.
A simple proverb tagged with rhyme
May colour half the course of time;
The pregnant saying of a sage
May influence every coming age;
A song in its effects may be
More glorious than Thermopylae,
And many a lay that schoolboys scan
A nobler feat than Inkerman.


Still recovering from the DNC and I wasn't even there.

BO's speech was captivating as usual but not quite as soaring as expected. More measured and tinged with the reality of office.

While I'm adoring US speech-making, I must also confess that I love discovering those addresses by the now-famous to college graduating classes. The 1996 speech by Nora Ephron especially resonated with me recently. Some lines from it such as:

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."

and, this one...

"Yogi Berra, the former New York Yankee who made a specialty of saying things that were famously maladroit, quoted himself at a recent commencement speech he gave. "When you see a fork in the road," he said, "take it."

And while I'm on my own soapbox, as a parent fuming at the disparities between public and private schools in this land of the fair-go, this not- so-funny article by a comedian also struck a chord.


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