"Divine Creation" by Louis Janmot‘Repeal’ and Other Poetry by Michael Curtis The Society June 11, 2020 Poetry 3 Comments Repeal All the world and all the universe are still, ____All that moves, moves but as God wills; ____All that might be is by God’s grace, Slowing moving through forever at God’s pace. Whatever is, has been as God ordained ____As human will is free enchained, ____As in the flesh will sleep the soul To die to wake again to join the whole. Only for God to know the Word, the why, ____Only for we who born will die; ____Will come in joy to our salvation, In good or ill, by God, to reprobation: God alone withal shall choose the hour As all is will in God by God’s power. Essay What is the final end, test, and source of Art: In this and all, Nature is the start. The pattern patterned is the source of good, The touch, the fingerprint, the Work of God. The bark, the branch, the seed, the shoot Are all in one the whole, the tree in root. Look to the God of Nature, there to see The source, the model, the act of poetry. Then harken not to fashions of the day, Slop not from modes, as mules slop from hay: Advice from critics is like farts from swine; If you should seek the truth, ask the Divine. Then write with skill, poet, to do your best: Remember well, God’s Nature is the test. Liberality The kindest and most liberal of men Offered a fair and equal punishment To all offenders without preference To status, rank or class, or to offense. Yes I was there to hear the good physician Describe the workings of the mechanism, The way it gathers up to fall away—swish-swish. I later at the Gibbet witnessed it. It truly is a wonderful machine. Efficient, I can tell you, I have seen Forty and fifty workings in a day. Some eyes will look right at you, some away; The blade falls in a twink’ling of an eye; The head drops in the bucket and you die. Michael Curtis is an architect, sculptor, painter, historian, and poet, has for more than 40 years contributed to the revival of the classical arts. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The National Gallery of Art, et cetera; his pictures and statues are housed in over four hundred private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The Supreme Court, et alibi; his verse has been published in over twenty journals; his work in the visual arts can be found at TheClassicalArtist.com, and his literary work can be found at TheStudioBooks.com. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Dr. Guillotin didn’t personally invent the decapitation machine, but he championed its development and use as a “humane measure.” He himself claimed to be a foe of capital punishment. Similarly, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham invented the monstrously totalitarian “Panopticon” prison, as a method to force criminals to be good at all times; and the engineer Richard Gatling developed the rapid-fire Gatling gun as a way to decrease the size of armies, and thereby minimize casualties (talk about cluelessness!) And of course there was Fritz Haber, the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, who single-handedly created the the massive (and internationally illegal) chemical warfare efforts of Germany in the First World War. He did so in the naive hope that this would make artillery, rifles and huge casualties unnecessary. Haber and his associates later made possible the development of the infamous Zyklon B gas. Liberals seem naturally prone to come up with great ways of killing masses of people. Reply Michael Curtis June 12, 2020 …just in case they didn’t get it…thanks for the background, Joe…as always, wishing for the best… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.