Ode To Horace Mann

Ode to Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some
victory for humanity. – Horace Mann

Be aware that energy is life, save some for your kids.
Be afraid that our minds are bent by news, not books.
Be awed by the healing power of the simple purple cone flower.
Be awake before the bombs drop, before the money rules.
Be agile: live in a town that walks and bikes to work and play.
Be amused by ants and birds, goats and potato fields, lilacs and sycamores.
Be angry only long enough to solve the problem, then move on.
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.



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10 thoughts on “Ode To Horace Mann

  1. Thanks so much for getting in touch with me at The Writing Garden Doug! And thanks also for the recommendation of two of your poems. Quite often when writers recommend a piece I either see something I relate to more or find it’s too similar to another piece I’m publishing. But this time it’s perfect, absolutely love this, excellent statement of our lives and how we should be! So, would it be okay to publish this in the September/October issue?

    I’ve taken a look at your art Doug and thought maybe this piece would compliment your poem. http://www.stuberpark.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/938.jpg.w300h196.jpg Wasn’t sure if you wanted your art published or not, so if not, that’s no problem. But if you don’t mind, then I would need you to send a larger copy in order for it to look presentable on the page. I can give you additional links to your art page too. I can contact you by email to send me a larger image. But if you’d rather not have your art published I’m sure I can find something else, and still give you links to your art page. I often do that for writers, the more links the more interesting it is for everyone!

    Thanks again, look forward to hearing from you!
    Suzy 🙂

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