Mitch Teemley

happy20sunSun that givest all things birth
Shine on everything on earth!

united_states_flag_mapIf that’s too much to demand
Shine at least on this our land!

presentation1If even that’s too much for thee
Shine at any rate on me.                     ~Piet Hein*

Unvarnished Translation: “Look, God or whatever you call yourself, I just asked you to bless others because I know you’re into that kind of thing. But we both know what this is about. So, if you’ve only got one blessing to give–make sure it goes to me. ‘Kay?  Have a nice day, or eternity, or whatever. Sincerely, Me.”

*Danish mathematician and inventor Piet Hein began writing short, satirical poems called “grooks” during the Nazi occupation of his country in 1940.

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