I'm sipping my morning coffee.
It's a Sunday and I'm flicking through
the Village Voice newspaper..
A big advert for American Apparel.
It has a very promiscuous looking young lady
draped across what looks like a teachers desk.
She is wearing a flannel shirt..
A denim short skirt..
An *those* thigh-high joints..
and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child a garden, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have live.
This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson