Better Angels, Stop the Shouting and Lower the Temperature

Posted: January 14, 2021 in free verse, poem, poet, poetry, writing
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Again we are told Where.
The invisible where.
Searching for the mystic chords of memory
we were told binds us to the graves
of the brave, young and the innocent.
These thin chords made only of the light strings
of loud sounds and trailing smoke.
So easily absorbed, so quickly dispersed among the mist.
Chords so soon broken and forgotten.
Nothing done.
And still not touched
by the better angels of our nature.


  • Italics – Phrases by Abe Lincoln from 150 years ago

E wrote this quite a few years ago, I forget which crazy unimaginable event inspired it then. But this last week brought it to the front again. I love quoted short phrases of Lincoln. He said so many words that need repeating over and over. “Better angels of our nature” is quoted often by historians. “mystic chords of memory” is just too beautiful to let stagnate. The amazing thing is that they both were extracted from Lincoln’s inaugural address. His speeches and letters just hypnotize me and only got better into his presidency. Although this inaugural speech was placating to the South, many of his words were inspirational.

Lincoln’s inaugural address was given as our nation was going into civil war. It would do all of us good to again read more of his other speeches. After what we all have stood by in shock and witnessed January 6th and what may happen in coming days, the inspiration of his words will be needed. His words of placating that day did not stop the civil war but Maybe if his other words were repeated enough, maybe if they are read just one more time, this madness will be stopped.


  1. This got me teary-eyed.
    I read a lot about Lincoln when I was a little girl. Always fascinated by him, appreciative of him…his words, his principals, his ability to lead well, etc.
    Your poem is a wonderful re-read AND it is timely for the here and now.
    It is powerful, important, and heart-touching.
    PS…the past year I’ve studied about Ulysses S. Grant and, also, watched some programs (like Grant…a documentary) on him. Seeing what I can learn from him.

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  2. Hope you all are doing well!
    Just stopping by with some (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  3. Just stopping by with some hugs for you, your family, The Gang! 🙂
    How is everyone doing?
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  4. How ya’ all doing?
    Whatcha’ all doing?
    Hope all is going well…safe, healthy, and some fun thrown in!
    “Release OC!!!” 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  5. Happy March!
    Happy Friday!
    Hope all is well!
    (((HUGS))) to you, your family, and The Gang!!! 🙂

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  6. Thinking of you all…and hope all is well.

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