Finer Sanguine #Tanka #Poetry

A tanka written by Lee Sonogan

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You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. – Woodrow Wilson

Eyes shut, wide awake,

Debonair comparative,

Small radiopaque,

Train fastidious curative,

Skid parking break’s give-and-take.

People who always feel jolly, no matter where they are or what happens to them—who have the organ of hope preposterously developed—who are endowed with an uncongealable sanguine temperament—who never feel concerned about the price of corn—and who cannot, by any possibility, discover any but the bright side of a picture—are very apt to go to extremes, and exaggerate with 40-horse microscopic power. – Mark Twain

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