Life is beautiful

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ElCubano, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. ElCubano



    These downpours of my Cuban childhood
    when my father loved to smoke a cigarette
    on the patio of the house in Havana
    and watch as the sheets of rain bent against
    the tin roofs of the shacks in the neighbor's
    yard, the way drops hung from the wire
    mesh of the chicken coops and fell one
    by one on the dirt, dampening, darkening
    as they fell, and he would remove his shirt
    after a long day's work feeding the zoo
    animals and he would sit on his makeshift
    hammock, lean back, blow smoke up
    at the rafters, and he listened to all that rain
    as it fell on everything. He imagined
    it was raining all over the island, his island,
    and the sound of it drumming on the plantain
    fronds rose all around him like the clamor
    of thousands of cattle birds scattershot
    into the heavens, and when he closed his eyes
    he dreamt of a man, his hands buried deep
    into fertile earth, seeding a son, a wife,
    in new life from which so much hardship
    sprouted in this life, in the next, exile
    a possibility dripping from his fingertips —
    then the song of bullfrogs calling home the night.

    Virgil Suarez...
  2. sweet, elcubano !

    thanks for posting

  3. great poem. Its also a powerfull argument for the pleasure of smoking :)

    I don't smoke cigs anymore, but I wish I could get some cuban cigars.
  4. vvv


    :) :)
  5. wild


  6. ElCubano


    Desperately wanting something is not very likely to bring it about. Your sense of want and your desperation serve mainly to perpetuate an attitude of lack and limitation.
    Rather than putting your energy into wanting something, put your energy into creating it. Instead of following a desperate kind of ambition, live with a confident kind of acceptance. Know that no matter what happens, there is a way for you to move positively forward. The biggest obstacle standing in the way of anything is often your idea that it cannot be.

    Think as if, act as if what you seek is already taking shape, and it will be. Open yourself to the magnificent abundance in which you're immersed, and let go of all thoughts of lack and limitation.

    Move beyond that painful, ineffective, desperate kind of ambition. Step forward with confidence and assurance to bring about the reality of whatever you seek.

    -- Ralph Marston
  7. ElCubano


    I cannot believe we all survived.....

    Well you are over forty if you get this. You lived as a child in the 50s
    and 60s or before. Looking back,it's hard to believe that we have lived
    as long as we have.................

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special

    Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint, and no
    padded crib protectors to keep us from sticking our heads through the

    We could sleep on our backs, our sides, or our stomachs.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and
    when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to
    town as a young kid!)

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps of wood and old
    wheels or roller skates and then rode down the hill, only to find out we
    forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned
    to solve the problem.

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
    back when the streetlights came on.

    No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. No pagers.

    We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt.

    We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no law suits
    from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.
    Remember accidents?

    We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned
    to get over it. And sometimes make up and become best friends.

    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter,and drank sugar soda but we were
    never overweight.... .....we were always outside playing.

    We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one
    died from this?

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all,
    699 channels on cable, video tape and DVD movies, surround sound,
    personal cellular phones, Personal Computers, internet chat rooms,
    ........... we had real live friends. We went outside and found them. We
    rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung
    the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing.
    Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world!
    Without a guardian. How did we do it?

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and
    although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes,
    nor did the worms live inside us forever.

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't
    had to learn to deal with disappointment.....

    Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were
    held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors! Tests were not adjusted
    for any reason.

    Bad behavior at home, at school, or in public was rewarded with corporal
    punishment, such as a smack or a paddling.

    We walked to school or at the very least to the bus stop without our
    parents taking us because it rained or snowed.

    We had people who didn't like us because of our religion, color, ethnic
    origin, where we lived, who we hung out with, and so forth. We survived.

    Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
    They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
    solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of
    innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
    responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

    God, Family, and friends were the most important things in our lives.

    And you're one of them.

    something I got emailed to me...enjoy
  8. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest

    :) :cool: :) :cool:
    I enjoyed reading your posts ElCubano......
  9. Miki


    Me too - I must be older that I look.:(
  10. We also had to get up to change the channel.
    #10     Nov 29, 2002