Mary McNeely | Skillshare Projects

Melissa Lim

Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker



Mary McNeely

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Setting is set in Berlin in the 1930s as pictured below.

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I browsed through the Spoon River Anthology and this particular poem called out to me because the theme in this poem is so universal.  I've been having a lot of real-life discussions on love and loss and sorrow and soulmates and family with people in my life who I respect and care about. The world needs healing in so many ways and there are a lot of people who are still hurting from past loves and betrayals. I chose this poem because it explores themes that pierce the human condition, topics that plagues all of humankind, I believe.

“Even when a river of tears courses through this body, the flame of love cannot be quenched.” 
― Izumi Shikibu

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” 
― Charles DickensGreat Expectations

“Those who do not weep, do not see.” 
― Victor HugoLes Misérables


To love is to find your own soul

Through the soul of the beloved one.

When the beloved one withdraws itself from your soul

Then you have lost your soul.

It is written: "I have a friend,

But my sorrow has no friend."

Hence my long years of solitude at the home of my father,

Trying to get myself back,

And to turn my sorrow into a supremer self.

But there was my father with his sorrows,

Sitting under the cedar tree,

A picture that sank into my heart at last

Brining infinite repose.

Oh, ye souls who have made life

Fragrant and white as tube roses

From earth's dark soil,

Eternal peace!


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