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Prayer Before Birth By Louis Macneice

Prayer Before Birth By Louis Macneice

Gad Pregnancy

I am not yet born; O hear me.
Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the
club-footed ghoul come near me.

I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.

I am not yet born; provide me
With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk
to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light
in the back of my mind to guide me.

I am not yet born; forgive me
For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words
when they speak me, my thoughts when they think me,
my treason engendered by traitors beyond me,
my life when they murder by means of my
hands, my death when they live me.

I am not yet born; rehearse me
In the parts I must play and the cues I must take when
old men lecture me, bureaucrats hector me, mountains
frown at me, lovers laugh at me, the white
waves call me to folly and the desert calls
me to doom and the beggar refuses
my gift and my children curse me.

I am not yet born; O hear me,
Let not the man who is beast or who thinks he is God
come near me.

I am not yet born; O fill me
With strength against those who would freeze my
humanity, would dragoon me into a lethal automaton,
would make me a cog in a machine, a thing with
one face, a thing, and against all those
who would dissipate my entirety, would
blow me like thistledown hither and
thither or hither and thither
like water held in the
hands would spill me.

Let them not make me a stone and let them not spill me.
Otherwise kill me.

Prayer Before Birth Macniece
Inspirational Quote Of The Day:
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Love and Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)
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The Runaway Bunny (WIT 2001)



Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.

So he said to his mother,
“I’m running away.”

“If you run away,” 

Said his mother,
“I WILL RUN AFTER YOU, FOR YOU ARE MY LITTLE BUNNY.”
“If you run after me,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.”
“If you become a fish in a trout stream,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BECOME A FISHERMAN AND I WILL FISH FOR YOU.”
“If you become a fisherman,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will be a bird and fly away from you.”
“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BE A TREE THAT YOU COME HOME TO.”
“Shucks,”
Said the little bunny,
“I might just as well stay where I am and BE YOUR LITTLE BUNNY “
And so he did.
“Have a carrot,”
Said the mother bunny.

A scene from the HBO Film Wit (2001) Starring Emma Thompson as Vivian Bearing.

In the play WIT (2001)  By Margaret Edson, the book helps demonstrate the protagonist’s ability for redemption. Her former college professor reads it to her during her final hours dying of ovarian cancer. She notes that the story can be read as an allegory of the soul being pursued by god.

WIT is a 2001 American television movie directed by Mike Nichols. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title by Margaret Edson. The film was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 9, 2001 before being broadcast by HBO on March 24 2001.

Vivian Bearing is a professor of English literature known for her intense knowledge of metaphysical poetry, especially the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Her life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV ovarian cancer. Late in Vivian’s illness, the only visitor she receives in the hospital is her former graduate school professor and mentor, Evelyn Ashford, who reads her excerpts from ‘The Runaway Bunny‘.

As she nears the end of her life, Vivian regrets her insensitivity and realizes she should have been kinder to more people. In her time of greatest need, she learns that HUMAN COMPASSION is of more profound importance than INTELLECTUAL WIT.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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