There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your hearts to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie-
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.
When the fourteen years that Nature permits
Are closing in ashma, or tumour or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns, Then you will find – it’s your own affair
But… your’ve tgiven your heart to a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled,(how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone-wherever it goes – for good, You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear!
We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound intrest of cent per cent,
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
The longer we’ve kept them the longer we grieve,
For, when our debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long – So why in Heaven ( before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
First published in 1934 – according to a printed copy given to me
I’ve spent today being wonderfully lazy and enjoying every single second of it. Why? Because for the first time in the last few weeks, I am relaxed. Last night, for the first time in just as long, I also slept the entire night without waking even once to go to the loo, or from pain. I don’t think I realised just how stressed I had become and how far the relief I described the other day had gone. Despite the fact that I had a bad day yesterday, it didn’t even get to me, I made my way through one thing after another, without the slightest tension and with a smile on my face….[more]
Custody of creation is precisely custody of God’s gift and it is saying to God: “Thank you, I am the guardian of creation so as to make it progress, never to destroy your gift.” This must be our attitude to creation: guard it—for if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us!
An abstract from the interview of Alex Markovich for “Radio of Russia”. September 2015.
Elena Ovcharenko: In your “Travel to Russia” project you make an emphasis on trips to Rural Russia areas. Why such a preference?
Alex Markovich: Many a city resident likes an occasional change from an urban environment. Of course, when traveling to other countries, one is interested in architecture, the way people dress, traditional cuisine, etc. But for many, real relaxation and fulfillment can only be found in a timeless Russian village. I am not talking about Agritourism or Rural Tourism, I mean a real living, breathing village without any props.
Elena Ovcharenko: Do you really believe that a visitor from the United States who came to see Moscow or St. Petersburg will agree to travel with you to a Russian village?
Alex Markovich: Let me make it clear – I am talking in the context of my “Travel to Russia” project. I want people to go back home with a warm pictorial record. Travelling to a Russian village gives you so many unique impressions – like going to a real rural shop where a shop-assistance still uses an abacus (that type of photo will impress all your friends) or experiencing a Banya (Russian sauna). I can arrange a ride on a tractor, photo session with local farm workers milking cows or feeding geese. One may say all this stuff is available in their own country, but Russia has more associations with what is called a “real village”.