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The carcass of a cactus
Has a certain beauty.
It's bare, porous frame,
Deserves many an observer,
Despite its desert abode.
Dead material still won't corrode.
The water is the source, for all of earthly life;
Several still do dwell in the endless seas.
Others in less encompassing bodies,
Where empty seashells do not rest,
Upon sun-bleached beaches,
E.g. in a pond's liquid caress.
The pond's fond of creatures,
Aqua-breathers and else.
Bouncing below, glancing shoreward,
A frog takes flight, through the surface,
Snaps a bug or some odd worm,
And flops back in the flow,
Waiting and hiding once more.
Sees some smelt, and semi-hops,
Toward the raw sewage.
For that it was, Styrofoam, no doubt,
For the frog did croak, and sunk as gunk.
Once lower, another saw,
Prey to catch, for egg was hatched,
From monitor belly. They both became
Clods as decomposition closed,
Thus their souls— err… stench,
Escaped beyond the pond,
Fouling many a frond.
Why Mass Should Be Optional2/11/2006
Why Mass Should Be Optional
Every week we do it: interrupt important class time to wait around silently doing a slow workout of sitting and standing. As the agonizing monotony goes on, every expression of free will is immediately stifled by ever-vigilant teachers. Many people dislike Mass; even several Catholics attest to this. I like to complete at least one task within an hour's time; don't you? Becoming bored does not satisfy that urge for me. The Latin phrase "Carpe diem" means more than, "Seize the day"; it means, "Seize the hour."
Do we all need to go to Mass? Could that time not be better spent finishing overdue assignments, establishing lasting friendships, exercising teenage muscles, filling empty stomachs, or getting some shuteye? When you consider the enormous lack of productivity involved, the rational choice is clear. Making non-Catholics spend an entire hour accomplishing nothing, being pushed to the edge of insanity,
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