Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and the men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,
- There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live.
But no man can help you die.
For there is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It's quite a pessimistic poem and though it does not reflect life in its totality, there is a good measure of realism because ultimately for many people, most of life's pains are endured alone, even if good words of comfort and companionship by the closest. I suppose it's an internal turmoil where one has to grapple with all these discomforts and unhappiness and work these out within - dispel them if possible, or tidy them and stash them away from being hindrances in one's life, so that one can continue to enjoy what I believe to be one of the most precious gifts in this world - life.
I like reading poems and have been doing so for many years, not because I am melancholic but because they reveal many different perspectives of life's moments (if I can understand them) and the poems do all these by painting pictures with words. Just thought I would share a occasional poem here on my blog for my readers to enjoy. ^_^
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From my sources, I believe Aijia, Diya and Zhiyang are all leaving for Taiwan this coming Saturday to prepare for the above-mentioned competition.
All the best for their adventure and hope they will do everyone back here in Singapore hometown proud by giving their strongest performances there!
Have an appointment to go and watch the Vivace! auditions at Marina Square this Saturday.
Have to fulfill a long-outstanding appointment to sing karaoke with The Busy Bee.
Practiced over twenty songs in the past two days to make sure I don't get too rusty with singing.
Need to push through my project so that more research and work are done with minimal procrastination.
Must find a suitable time to fully explore the Treetop Trail since I have promised myself to do so.
Well, that's all that I can think of early in the morning. Time to get my breakfast - most probably bread though. -__-"