11.17.2022 – Lord, give me this day

Lord, give me this day
my opinion and forgive
the one yesterday

Adapted from the line:

For my part,” an editorial writer ended his silence, “I begin each bright morning with praying: Lord, give me this day my daily opinion and forgive me the one I had yesterday.”

As it appeared in the poem, “The People, Yes!” by Carl Sandburg.

According to Wikipedia, The People, Yes is a book-length poem written by Carl Sandburg and published in 1936. The 300 page work is thoroughly interspersed with references to American culture, phrases, and stories (such as the legend of Paul Bunyan). Published at the height of the Great Depression, the work lauds the perseverance of the American people in notably plain-spoken language. It was written over an eight-year period. It is Sandburg’s last major book of poetry.

As it says, The People, Yes, lauds the perseverance of the American people in notably plain-spoken language.

It is also one of the great collections of one-liners in my personal experience until Garrison Keillor published his Pretty Good Joke book.

Mr. Sandburg includes:

“Man,” spoke up an anthropologist, “is a two-legged animal with¬ out feathers, the only one who cooks his food, uses an alpha¬ bet, carries firearms, drinks when he is not thirsty, and practices love with an eye on birth control.”

“Shakespeare is the greatest writer of them all, a dead Englishman and you have to read him in high school or you don’t pass.

“I want money,” said the editorial writer who knew where he got it, “in order to buy the time to get the things that money will not buy.”

I close with this blessing.

May you live to eat the hen that scratches over your grave.

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