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Catherine E Life in a Love
Emily Sonnet CXXIII
J'ecris The Owl and the Pussycat
Judith Nolan Who I Was Born to Be
Two Butterflies Went Out at Noon
Beauty and the Beast
Skippy FlinkA Single Snowflake
A Winter's Kiss
My Funny Valentine
VickyThe Fundamental Things Apply
With All My Heart

Life in a Love, by Robert Browning
read by Catherine E

Escape me?
While I am I, and you are you,
So long as the world contains us both,
Me the loving and you the loth
While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
My life is a fault at last, I fear:
It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again,---
So the chace takes up one's life ' that's all.
While, look but once from your farthest bound
At me so deep in the dust and dark,
No sooner the old hope goes to ground
Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
I shape me---

Sonnet CXXIII, by William Shakespeare
read by Emily

No! Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change:
Thy pyramids built up with newer might
To me are nothing novel, nothing strange;
They are but dressings of a former sight.
Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire
What thou dost foist upon us that is old;
And rather make them born to our desire,
Than think that we before have heard them told.
Thy registers and thee I both defy,
Not wondering at the present nor the past,
For thy records and what we see doth lie,
Made more or less by thy continual haste.
   This I do vow and this shall ever be;
   I will be true, despite thy scythe and thee.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat, by Edward Lear
read by J'ecris

The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Who I Was Born to Be, excerpt, by Susan Boyle
read by Judith Nolan

When I was a child
There were flowers that bloomed in the night
Unafraid to take in the light
Unashamed to have braved the dark.
And though I may not know the answers,
I can finally say I'm free
And if the questions led me here
Then I am who I was born to be
I am who I was born to be

Two Butterflies Went Out at Noon, by Emily Dickenson
read by Judith Nolan

Two butterflies went out at noon
And waltzed above a stream,
Then stepped straight through the firmament
And rested on a beam;

And then together bore away
Upon a shining sea,--
Though never yet, in any port
Their coming mentioned be.

If spoken by the distant bird,
If met in ether sea
By frigate or by merchantman,
Report was not to me.

Beauty and the Beast, by Judith Nolan
read by Judith Nolan

Without you, I am as an empty vessel
Whistling a tuneless song in the wind
With no ears to hear nor eyes to see
And no heart with which to believe.

Vincent, by Judith Nolan
read by Judith Nolan

To the desert of my soul, your beauty brought life.
To the constant toil of my world, your voice brought peace.
To the tears in my heart, your love brought reprieve.
And to the sadness of parting, your wonder brought hope.

Note from Judith

A Single Snowflake, by Judy Loyd
read by Skippy Flink
   text at Crystal Rose

A Winter's Kiss, by Judy Loyd
read by Skippy Flink
   text at Crystal Rose

My Funny Valentines, by Judy Loyd
read by Skippy Flink
   text at Crystal Rose

The Fundamental Things Apply
, by JoAnn Baca
read by Vicky
   text at CABB

With All My Heart, by Nancy
read by Vicky
   text at CABB

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