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To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.

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Having the Best

Having the best may mean,
Having less than someone else.
Or having more to digest!
Leaving many despondent,
And overwhelmed by despair.
Since comparisons between others,
Keeps that suggested everywhere!

'I am going to have the best! '
Many publicly announce...
As if they have entered a contest.
Or their point of view is being tested.

One's quality of life is at its best,
When one experiences good health.
And has happiness.
With a freedom felt no one expects,
Is not on credit.
Or anticipating a loan one waits to get...
To stretch and compensate,
Before depression arrives at Sunset.

Having the best may mean,
Being away from others...
Who have nothing to express but regret.
For not having 'things' in their lives that sparkle,
To impress and widen another's eyes.
Especially someone new,
One has just met.
And not getting a bit of sleep at night...
Thinking of different ways to disguise,
Excuses and alibis from deceit and familiar lies!

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To Be The Best You Can Be Ought To Be Good Enough

There is good in most people and some in their ways kind
And amongst the egotistical greatness is a state of mind
And some very famous people towards humility inclined
But a truly perfect human being in the World you will not find
But to live as a good person is the best you can wish to be
Though with that I feel certain many would disagree
Millions daydream of wealth and fame and it would seem to me
That you will not find many people for to embrace poverty
But to be the best you can be ought to be good enough
In a Human World where millions are hungry, poor and homeless and living and sleeping rough
Always be kind to others and help those of help in need
One of the main causes of human poverty has to be human greed
Life is not an Earthly Paradise and many do live it tough
But to be the best you can be ought to be good enough.

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It Is Good To Laugh Life Breathing

shall I tell a secret
ancient plus modern
medicine both agree upon

in differing conception principles

anger rage hate
huge energy expends
builds up toxins

attacking cells in bodies
of conflicted warped souls
bitter twisted acidic minds stomachs

destroying harmonic healing energies

sometimes the best
medicine is laughing
happiness life restoring flowing

is a good road to recovery making

hearts minds souls
soar on vibrant waves
life affirming loving embracing

laughing helps restore lost souls

it is good to laugh life breathing
I am glad you are shaking gasping laughing
even if just for a little while darkness laughter bursting

dark emotions soul body ejecting
amusement expressing tears flowing
fun enjoyment silly mad movies knowing

it all helps destroy bitter toxic cancer cells
a funny entertaining person a room soon swells
with light encompassing vibrant rippling laughter pearls


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Good Friends in Life...

’Tis nice to have good friends in life;
They share your emotions of yours;
They help to balance joy and strife;
They are your loving choice!

’Tis nice to have someone to greet,
And talk to you in pleasant ways;
Someone who offers you a seat,
When you’re tired in case!

’Tis nice to have a soul to share
Your feelings of sorrow and joys;
Someone who shows you, he does care,
When you have choked a voice!

’Tis nice to have a guy who jokes,
A gal who argues for your sake;
A someone, who can surely coax,
But who is ne’er a fake!

’Tis nice to have a heart of love,
Who thinks of you, more than you do;
A hand that pats you truly, ‘Wow! ’
And sometimes at you ‘boo! ’

’Tis nice to have someone to hear
Your stories and your pranks and bear;
A someone who is far, yet near,
Pays for you, your bus-fare!

’Tis nice to have someone to smile,
And make you laugh, despite your tears;
Someone quite strong and yet docile,
Who takes away your fears!

Good friends can make your life wholesome,
Bestow the verve and zeal you need;
Good friends are souls always welcome,
And guide you well indeed!

Good friends are friends for life although,
Life takes them through its maze of own;
Good friends have comforting words, oh,
You feel you’re never alone!

Copyright by Dr John Celes 6-8-2008

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The Best Things In Life Are Free

(duet with luther vandross)
Janet:
Boy, when you look at me
Do you judge me by my cover?
Ya got to be kiddin me,
To think that Im that kind of lover
I dont mean to disagree
Sorry you cant buy my kisses
Open your heart and see
True love comes for free
Luther:
Im keepin my heart open
Hopin you wont stab me in it
cause Ive been in love before,
And when I had to pay I didnt
Ill lose my sanity
Tryin to measure your intentions
What do you want from me how much will it be?
Janet:
No more than youre willing to give cause
You wont pay nothin for this good lovin
Its for free
Luther:
And I wont make you promises
Ill just do all that I can to be your lover
cause I understand
Chorus:
The best things in life are free
Now that Ive discovered what you mean to me
The best things in life are free
Now that weve found each other
The best things in life are free
Luther:
I know you are my baby
My one and only baby
You said it twice
Ill say it thrice
My baby baby baby
Janet:
I got so much love for you
And its easy to give it
When I know you feel the same way too
Luther:
Thats all I expect from you
Just do all that you can to be my lover
cause I understand (I do)
Repeat chorus
Janet:
No more than youre willing to give cause
You wont pay nothin for this good lovin
Its for free
Luther:
And I wont make you promises
You see Im gonna be, Im gonna be,
Were gonna be, Im gonna be
The very best I can
To be your lover cause I understand
Repeat chorus

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Experience, The Best Teacher

When I was a student,
Many a teacher preached a sermon.
A sermon of, surprisingly, same subject.
This tedious theme could be thus summarized:
‘ if I could my student life re-live,
Very differently would I behave'.

A discourse denoting a dirge
A communication connoting a caution
If not a counselling to student who have ears
Students who would not shed tears,
Because they have ears to hear
And wise enough to understand,
Words of wisdom, even few.

But why to us their sermon relate?
Why to us their stories declare?

It is because about our future they care.
Careful, concerned and committed teachers,
Eager their experience to share,
Aware of the facts, glaring,
Facts preserved in an axiom,
The often quoted and tested maxim,
That experience is the best teacher.

Experience is the best teacher,
To those without any experience,
The best teacher is experience shared.
Shared by fair and frank fellows,
Who When good opportunities
Came beggarly begging,
Refused to these opportunities utilise,
Reaping the result of their recklessness, fully
Learning first-hand from their folly,
That opportunity knocks but once,
And once unutilised is lost forever.

But shared experiences meticulously applied,
Will save one the superfluous suffering,
Subsequent from the silly slip-up,
Of turning deaf ears to sermons.
Signifying that total respect to advice,
Plays a crucial role in molding us,
And goes to lend credence
To the usually used saw, that
Experience is the best teacher.

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The Ideal And The Actual Life

Forever fair, forever calm and bright,
Life flies on plumage, zephyr-light,
For those who on the Olympian hill rejoice--
Moons wane, and races wither to the tomb,
And 'mid the universal ruin, bloom
The rosy days of Gods--With man, the choice,
Timid and anxious, hesitates between
The sense's pleasure and the soul's content;
While on celestial brows, aloft and sheen,
The beams of both are blent.

Seekest thou on earth the life of gods to share,
Safe in the realm of death?--beware
To pluck the fruits that glitter to thine eye;
Content thyself with gazing on their glow--
Short are the joys possession can bestow,
And in possession sweet desire will die.
'Twas not the ninefold chain of waves that bound
Thy daughter, Ceres, to the Stygian river--
She plucked the fruit of the unholy ground,
And so--was hell's forever!
The weavers of the web--the fates--but sway
The matter and the things of clay;
Safe from change that time to matter gives,
Nature's blest playmate, free at will to stray
With gods a god, amidst the fields of day,
The form, the archetype [39], serenely lives.
Would'st thou soar heavenward on its joyous wing?
Cast from thee, earth, the bitter and the real,
High from this cramped and dungeon being, spring
Into the realm of the ideal!

Here, bathed, perfection, in thy purest ray,
Free from the clogs and taints of clay,
Hovers divine the archetypal man!
Dim as those phantom ghosts of life that gleam
And wander voiceless by the Stygian stream,--
Fair as it stands in fields Elysian,
Ere down to flesh the immortal doth descend:--
If doubtful ever in the actual life
Each contest--here a victory crowns the end
Of every nobler strife.

Not from the strife itself to set thee free,
But more to nerve--doth victory
Wave her rich garland from the ideal clime.
Whate'er thy wish, the earth has no repose--
Life still must drag thee onward as it flows,
Whirling thee down the dancing surge of time.
But when the courage sinks beneath the dull
Sense of its narrow limits--on the soul,
Bright from the hill-tops of the beautiful,
Bursts the attained goal!

If worth thy while the glory and the strife
Which fire the lists of actual life--
The ardent rush to fortune or to fame,
In the hot field where strength and valor are,
And rolls the whirling thunder of the car,
And the world, breathless, eyes the glorious game--
Then dare and strive--the prize can but belong
To him whose valor o'er his tribe prevails;
In life the victory only crowns the strong--
He who is feeble fails.

But life, whose source, by crags around it piled,
Chafed while confined, foams fierce and wild,
Glides soft and smooth when once its streams expand,
When its waves, glassing in their silver play,
Aurora blent with Hesper's milder ray,
Gain the still beautiful--that shadow-land!
Here, contest grows but interchange of love,
All curb is but the bondage of the grace;
Gone is each foe,--peace folds her wings above
Her native dwelling-place.

When, through dead stone to breathe a soul of light,
With the dull matter to unite
The kindling genius, some great sculptor glows;
Behold him straining, every nerve intent--
Behold how, o'er the subject element,
The stately thought its march laborious goes!
For never, save to toil untiring, spoke
The unwilling truth from her mysterious well--
The statue only to the chisel's stroke
Wakes from its marble cell.

But onward to the sphere of beauty--go
Onward, O child of art! and, lo!
Out of the matter which thy pains control
The statue springs!--not as with labor wrung
From the hard block, but as from nothing sprung--
Airy and light--the offspring of the soul!
The pangs, the cares, the weary toils it cost
Leave not a trace when once the work is done--
The Artist's human frailty merged and lost
In art's great victory won! [40]

If human sin confronts the rigid law
Of perfect truth and virtue [41], awe
Seizes and saddens thee to see how far
Beyond thy reach, perfection;--if we test
By the ideal of the good, the best,
How mean our efforts and our actions are!
This space between the ideal of man's soul
And man's achievement, who hath ever past?
An ocean spreads between us and that goal,
Where anchor ne'er was cast!

But fly the boundary of the senses--live
The ideal life free thought can give;
And, lo, the gulf shall vanish, and the chill
Of the soul's impotent despair be gone!
And with divinity thou sharest the throne,
Let but divinity become thy will!
Scorn not the law--permit its iron band
The sense (it cannot chain the soul) to thrall.
Let man no more the will of Jove withstand [42],
And Jove the bolt lets fall!

If, in the woes of actual human life--
If thou could'st see the serpent strife
Which the Greek art has made divine in stone--
Could'st see the writhing limbs, the livid cheek,
Note every pang, and hearken every shriek,
Of some despairing lost Laocoon,
The human nature would thyself subdue
To share the human woe before thine eye--
Thy cheek would pale, and all thy soul be true
To man's great sympathy.

But in the ideal realm, aloof and far,
Where the calm art's pure dwellers are,
Lo, the Laocoon writhes, but does not groan.
Here, no sharp grief the high emotion knows--
Here, suffering's self is made divine, and shows
The brave resolve of the firm soul alone:
Here, lovely as the rainbow on the dew
Of the spent thunder-cloud, to art is given,
Gleaming through grief's dark veil, the peaceful blue
Of the sweet moral heaven.

So, in the glorious parable, behold
How, bowed to mortal bonds, of old
Life's dreary path divine Alcides trod:
The hydra and the lion were his prey,
And to restore the friend he loved to-day,
He went undaunted to the black-browed god;
And all the torments and the labors sore
Wroth Juno sent--the meek majestic one,
With patient spirit and unquailing, bore,
Until the course was run--

Until the god cast down his garb of clay,
And rent in hallowing flame away
The mortal part from the divine--to soar
To the empyreal air! Behold him spring
Blithe in the pride of the unwonted wing,
And the dull matter that confined before
Sinks downward, downward, downward as a dream!
Olympian hymns receive the escaping soul,
And smiling Hebe, from the ambrosial stream,
Fills for a god the bowl!

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Life Is Sometimes The Best Poem

Life is sometimes the best poem
Sometimes the worst-
Mostly it is not a poem
But just what it is
In forgettable banality-

We stood together once
As if we were happiness itself-

Where you are now
I don’t understand-
And the poem and the no-poem-
nonetheless
try to go on.

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I Want The Best Things In Life

who would not want to be the best?
who would not want to have all the best that life can offer?
i, too want the best things that life can offer.
but, it is not what life is all about
we too, must share the sacrifices of the few,
so others may live, so others may have what we always had.
we are too, the passions of Christ.

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The Best is Good Enough

I quarrel not with destiny,
But make the best of everything-
The best is good enough for me.

Leave discontent alone, and she
Will shut her mouth and let you sing.
I quarrel not with destiny.

I take some things, or let 'em be-
Good gold has always got the ring;
The best is good enough for me.

Since fate insists on secrecy,
I have no arguments to bring-
I quarrel not with destiny.

The fellow that goes 'haw' for 'gee'
Will find he hasn't got full swing.
The best is good enough for me.

One only knows our needs, and he
Does all of the distributing.
I quarrel not with destiny:
The best is good enough for me.

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Sonnet-Nature's The Best

The child with milestones normal is the best;
The child that gets parental love grows well;
The teeth that timely erupt grow, strongest;
The good man from the bad, genes, time will tell.

The fruit thats ripe on tree does taste the best;
One ripened artificially isn't that good;
The child that learns naturally performs best;
That cooked in earthenware's the tastiest food.

God -given breeze is what most men prefer;
Air-conditioned has its demerits sure;
That Natural things are best, we all infer;
For Man is too a part of God's Nature.

Respect Nature and Earth will remain green;
And keep soul pure when life will be serene.

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Making The Best of Life

I'm only human, can fail like the rest
I've been to the top, and very bottom put through the test,
Should you love me, or should you not?
Am I needed or just sought

Wearing my heart on my sleeve, sharing it it often
Whose lives have been hurt, trying to soften,
Put a smile on the face, of one so broken
Kind words and a smile, a welcome token

This world we live in, so evil and bad
Take your happiness, where it can be had,
I shall think of you as my brother and sister
Can't we all be family, in a world so sinister

I can hurt and i can cry
I can make the best of things, let things brush by,
Don't live your life, by ups and downs
Let your smiles, lift others frowns!

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The Best Years Of My Life

(will jennings/stephen allen davis)
Everytime I feel how life goes by
I recall the scenes that never die
One fine day
One fine night
You loving me
On and on and on
We took our love as far as love can go
Youve given me the best years of my life
When I play my memories again
I feel all the pleasure and the pain
Love can hurt
Love can heal
Oh, how we hurt and healed ourselves again
We took our souls as far as souls can go
Youve given me the best years of my life
Youve given me the best years of my life
Bring on the storm
Well see it through
Well take it all
All life can do
Right to the end
Well say lets begin
Youve given me the best years of my life
I wanna thank you
I wanna thank you
Youve given me the best years of my life
I wanna thank you
For the best years of my life

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Doin The Best I Can

(words & music by doc pomus - mort shuman)
I gave my heart
I gave my love
Oh ho, my darling
I am true
Doin the best
The best I can
But its not good enough for you
I tried so hard
So hard to please
Oh ho, my darling
What more can I do
Doin the best
The best I can
But its not good enough for you
You know I was the kind whod run
Any time youd call
I guess I was the only one
Who didnt mind at all
Ill be a dreamer
Ill be a fool
Oh ho, my darling
My whole life through
Doin the best
The best I can
But its not good enough for you
You know I was the kind whod run
Any time youd call
I guess I was the only one
Who didnt mind at all
Ill be a dreamer
Ill be a fool
Oh ho, my darling
My whole life through
Doin the best
The best I can
But its not good enough for you
But its not good enough for you

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In Life May You Be Happy

In life may you be happy and your biggest worry small
For one day the high and non achievers to the reaper's scythe must fall
And then to you it will not matter not one little bit at all
If you are one of the forgotten or others your fame recall,
In life may you be lucky and may you live free of care
And may you never know what it is like a heavy cross to bear
The happy and the carefree have never been so rare
And so many unhappy people in the bigger World out there
Though you may not be famous and your praises others may not sing
What matters if you're happy that's the most important thing
Money cannot buy you happiness ask that of the billionaire
And in a World of so many unhappy people the happy are so rare
In life may you be happy and good health may you enjoy
These are two very precious gifts that money cannot buy.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

(s. colman/c. leigh)
Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything started to hum
Still its a real good bet, the best is yet to come
The best is yet to come and babe, wont that be fine
You think youve seen the sun but you aint seen it shine
Wait till that warmups underway, wait till our lips have met
Wait till you see that sunshine day, you aint seen nothin yet
(chorus)
The best is yet to come and babe, wont that be fine
The best is yet to come, come the day that youre mine
Come the day youre mine
Im gonna teach you to fly
Weve only tasted the wine
Were gonna drain the cup dry
Wait till your charms are ripe for these arms to surround
You think youve flown before but honey, you aint left the ground
Wait till youre locked in my embrace, wait till I draw you near
Wait till you see that sunshine place, aint nothin like it here
(chorus)
Come the day your mine
And youre gonna be mine

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Women tend to be shy of admitting their age
And try to forget as they slip beyond thirty five
Daunting feelings that their innings are over
LBW'ed men are peeping into somebody's splendor


Those Barbie dolls are now Rugby balls
The nature has redeemed the charms it pawned
Sweet, cute, juicy and wonder girls
Are stunned in defeat, at their abrupt fall

Blush-ful faces have dried up in patches
Glossy skin is dull in scratches
The smiles they sported have dimmed as past
Stress and strain have pulled them down faster

Whatever be the causes, there is a class of men
Who, in private, admire at those ripens
For their blow-out outfit and resilient specimen
Silly points, not to the taste of the virgins

Moral values are on the decay
Disappointments all around, have pushed its way
If the western free culture comes here to stay
Perhaps, most these idle beauties be drifting away

Louis Santhana

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Each new generation tend
to think they are so cool!
At just about the time
they graduate from school.
But what can they know?
They have just begun ­
They've barely started,
and the best is yet to come!

They have miles and miles to go,
before they even know
It was just a phase ­
one little act, in the human show!
And many, many times,
before their race is run,
They'll see that it was true ­
the best was yet to come!

It takes young adults awhile,
to settle into careers.
And there's bound to be some tough times,
in those working years.
There will be good times, and bad times,
before those years are done.
But they can always take heart,
for the best years are still to come!

Life may be very good ­
or it may throw us many curves.
Life is uncertain ­
we may not get what we think we deserve.
But it always will be better,
if we will just keep in mind ­
The best is yet to come ­
just give it some time!

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The Best Day Of My Life

You always said living with me was impossible
Try it I said just like the wind I'm changeable
We ain't got money but we sure got laughs
lots of loving too
So I confess on my behalf
you're giving me honestly
the best days of my life
Your whispering girls said don't be a fool
don't give into him
He's an animal treat you like dirt
then he'll turn you in
You two are not compatible
It'll never never last
They said I wasn't even suitable
But you're giving me honestly
the best days of my life
Sometimes I wonder
why does she bother with me at all
So staid in my ways
Let's face it my dear, I'm insufferable
The crazy nights spilling into days
with all my noisy friends
But they all love you as much as I
Giving me constantly
the best days of my life
And a day without you at this point my dear
seems unthinkable
A night without you more often
than not is unbearable
But if it all can't work out
one can never never tell
In my heart there is no doubt
you gave to me unselfishly
the best days of my life
But if it all can't work out one can never never tell

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The Best Days Of My Life

(rod stewart / jim cregan)
You always said living with me was impossible
Try it I said just like the wind Im changeable
We aint got money but we sure got laughs
Lots of loving too
So I confess on my behalf
Youre giving me honestly
The best days of my life
Your whispering girls said dont be a fool
Dont give into him
Hes an animal treat you like dirt
Then hell turn you in
You two are not compatible
Itll never never last
They said I wasnt even suitable
But youre giving me honestly
The best days of my life
Sometimes I wonder
Why does she bother with me at all
So staid in my ways
Lets face it my dear, Im insufferable
The crazy nights spilling into days
With all my noisy friends
But they all love you as much as i
Giving me constantly
The best days of my life
And a day without you at this point my dear
Seems unthinkable
A night without you more often
Than not is unbearable
But if it all cant work out
One can never never tell
In my heart there is no doubt
You gave to me unselfishly
The best days of my life
But if it all cant work out one can never never tell

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