Tempestuous Twilight

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

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A Hole in the Sky

© 2012 Loren Zemlicka
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I’m looking through a hole in the sky
I’m seeing nowhere through the eyes of a lie
I’m getting closer to the end of the line
I’m living easy where the sun doesn’t shine

I’m living in a room without any view
I’m living free because the rent’s never due
The synonyms of all the things that I’ve said
Are just the riddles that are built in my head

Hole in the sky, take me to heaven
Window in time, through it I fly

– From “Hole in the Sky” by Black Sabbath

The Guard Changes

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“Twilight – a time of pause when nature changes her guard. All living things would fade and die from too much light or too much dark, if twilight were not.”

– Howard Thurman

Beautiful Peace

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“Peace is always beautiful.”

– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Without Impunity

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Nemo me impune lacessit is Latin for “No one provokes me with impunity”. It is the motto of the Order of the Thistle – a Scottish order of chivalry.

Scotish legend states that long ago, an invading Viking hoard almost caught a sleeping Scottish army by surprise. However, an advancing Viking warrior stepped on a thistle with his bare feet, crying out in pain and waking the Scots, who then soundly defeated the Vikings.

In gratitude, the plant was named the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.

The thistle also played a role in the Scottish-Independence movie Braveheart. A gift of a thistle clip

“A Gift of a Thistle” composed by Jon Horner for the film can be heard here

2011 Our Daily Challenge 9/365 – Tree

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