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A PRONUNCIATION POEM. PABLO RAMOS’S (C-1) RECOMMENDATION

PRONUNCIATION POEM

When the English tongue we SPEAK
Why is BREAK not rhymed with FREAK
Will you not tell me why it’s TRUE
We say SEW, but likewise FEW?
And the maker of a verse,
Can not rhyme his HORSE with WORSE?
BEARD is not the same as HEARD,
CORD is different from WORD,
COW is COW, but LOW is LOW,
SHOE is never rhymed with FOE
Think of HOSE and DOSE and LOSE,
Think of COMB and TOMB and BOMB,
DOLL and ROLL and HOME and SOME
And since PAY is rhymed with SAY,
Why not PAID with SAID I PRAY?
Think of BLOOD and FOOD and GOOD,
MOULD is not pronounced like COULD
Wherefore DONE but GONE and LONE,
Is there any reason KNOWN?
To SUM up ALL, it seems to ME
Sounds and letters don’t AGREE

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A CHINESE CAUTIONARY TALE. MARGUI CORTES’S (FRIEND OF THE BLOG) RECOMMENDATION

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water..
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
  ‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’
‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’
 Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
 You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.