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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Proverbial Twists and Turns


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Of the proverbial twist and turn


There is so much we need to learn

A word to the wise; you know the rest

Think before you act is really the best


Where there’s life there’s hope

Yet he died at the end of a rope

Whom the gods love die young

So the weak out live the strong



Where there’s a will there’s a way

Now it’s a relative I hear them say

A coward lives to fight another day

Heroes fight and in the dust they lay



You can’t have your cake and eat it

Quitters seldom win winners never quit

Worrying never did anyone any good

Yet worrying lives in everyone’s blood



What can’t be cured must be endured

But some adore what they need to cure

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Why use the Bible to prop up a shelf?



When the cat’s away the mice will play

It is good sense to keep trouble at bay

What goes up must come down

A mouth that’s up produces a frown



Variety is the spice of life

A woman a day, recipe for strife

Waste not want not

A yearning for waste might be your lot



Two blacks don’t make a white

Two wrongs don’t make a right

Darkness can never create light

But light brings darkness to sight



Two is company, three’s a crowd

‘Tis better to speak the truth aloud

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Not enough cooks brings boss man’s wrath



To every thing there is a season

For every thing there is reason

What is the season for treason

And your reason for joining its legion?



Truth may be stranger than fiction

But lies eventually lead to friction

Truth often brings conviction

But lies accompany dereliction



Time is a great healer

Procrastination is a great stealer

Pretension is a great squealer

But the Bible is the great revealer


There’s none so deaf as those who will not hear

There’s none so dead as those who will not care

There’s none so blind as those who will not see

And for misleading people still they charge a fee



There’s no smoke without fire

There’s no employment without hire

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Every man for himself in a crunch



You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Without straw you can’t make bricks

You are never too old to learn

Grasp the chance when it’s your turn



When in Rome do as the Romans do

Jews returning home so should you

When in China creativity is a must


Wherever you are you’d better adjust


Two heads are better than one

Night is darkest just before dawn

Be satisfied with your single head

Two head you’re better off dead



Tomorrow never comes they say

Owe no man tomorrow pay today

Yesterday’s gone, forever in the past

Today is limited; it just won’t last



There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip

And is often caused by a careless grip

More in the mortar than just the pestle

Many a suspicion with which we wrestle


It’s better to give than to receive

It’s worse to doubt than to believe

It’s better to care than have to retrieve

The worst of all is the intent to deceive



There’s no fool like an old fool

The young fool keeps his cool

Where ignorance is bliss ‘tis folly to be wise

The man who knows all is a fool in disguise



The husband is always last to know

The wife is the one who told him so

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

That’s now in the hands of many a young girl



The fruit does not fall far from the tree

But the birds and the bees do have a spree

The leopard does not change his spots


But things in the distant appear as dots


The price of liberty is eternal vigilance

The cost of keeping it is constant diligence

Some lose it through repeated negligence

Lost of liberty is worse than indigence



Spare the rod and spoil the child

There’s more to gentle Jesus meek and mild

One man’s meat is another man’s poison

Keep-sailing will never reach the horizon



Necessity is the mother of invention

Failure holds hands with good intention

Never give a sucker an even break

Never advantage of a sucker take



Marry in haste and repent at leisure

Honeymoon be a short lived pleasure

Always seeking an elusive treasure

But never took the correct measure


All that glitters is not gold

Look before you leap we are told

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Sometimes the wind blows from the south



Let the dead bury the dead

So the living can live instead

For life is just what you make it

And the time there is is just a bit



Into every life a little rain must fall

Even new cars will sometimes stall

Hard work never did anyone any harm


Yet con-men live by dint of their charm

Good things come to those who wait

But those who wait are often late

Surely we need to get this one straight

One must work towards one’s fate



Everything comes to him who waits

Yet he who gets up is he who takes

Thin line between work and patience

Success comes via patient endurance



Many a true word is spoken in jest

And a bit of truth in every lie at best

A bit of lie contaminates all the rest

Nothing but the truth stands the test



Make hay while the sun shines

It’s then the lazy man reclines

Choosing to sleep the best of times

Never heeding the warning chimes



Man does not live by bread alone

Does not indulge in eating a stone

Can never for his own sin atone

Or reach the Lord on a telephone


It is easy to be wise after the event

Wised before should lead one to relent

For this outcome was never the intent

The best to be done after is to repent



In the kingdom of the blind the one eye man is king

In a nation full of seers it might be the same thing

Often much wisdom among them obscures the light

And the poor one eye man reveals simple insight



If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well

But to a poor worker this would never jell

For a bad workman always blames his tools

And what is sense to the wise is folly to fools



He who pays the piper calls the tune

He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword

But the best sword to live by is God’s Holy Word


Hindsight is twenty-twenty

History repeats itself a plenty

Honesty is the best policy

To ask, a good philosophy



Give credit where credit is due

A bad debt is no help to you

Flattery will get you nowhere

Won’t even know when you get there



Don’t wash you dirty linen in public

Especially if you are a public critic

Do as I say and not as I do

Suggests I am the fool, not you



A woman’s place is in the home

While the man continues to roam

A woman’s lot is being alone

She alone hears the children moan


Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Sometimes it develops another wonder

While away a new relationship deepens

While the previous progressively weakens



Charity begins at home

And love is like the ocean foam

It swells and grows and glows

When it reaches you everyone knows



Better safe than sorry

Sorry was driving the lorry

Sorrow didn’t change the fact

Since safety never entered the act



Ask no questions and hear no lies

Bees follow honey and so do flies

All is well that ends well

Though the end I cannot tell


A rolling stone gathers no moss

He who roams may incur great loss

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

So if you have it leave it never



All good things must come to an end

And this poem has reached the bend

A woman’s work is never done

And this man’s work is just begun



Brevity is the soul of wit

At this point I think I’ll quit

Criticize if you must, I know you will

But writing these lines was quite a thrill


Stewart Russell © 2013

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Flexible Rule



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Somewhat like the number line
Is the rule or the measuring stick,
Once we used the Imperial rule
But these days it is mostly metric.

It is made of wood in some cases
But many are also made of plastic,
Not as popular is the metal rule
But any of them will do the trick.

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Do not use as percussion sticks
Or to make music on your desks,
A damaged rule that cannot measure
Is nothing more than useless.

The rule is an important member
It should be in the mathematics pack,
A schoolbag without the essential rule
Is travelling down the wrong track.

Do not use it to introduce measurement
Bring it further down the line,
For measuring without a true concept
Is most difficult to refine.

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Start with paces and hand spans
Measure the desks and the floor,
Then move outside to the corridor
And the playing field
If you need to measure more.

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Then you will see the need for a rule
With the varying paces and hand spans,
For students come in different sizes
And also their paces and hands.

Use the rule to measure the paces
Use the rule to measure the spans,
Then create a problem in mathematics
And see if the pupils can make a plan.

It would be quite tedious
Measuring the corridor with a rule,
But to find the size of my pace
The rule would be an important tool.

For now knowing the size of my span
And knowing the measure of my pace
I can calculate using the rule
The measure of almost any place.

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I can obtain a ball of string
And then wrap it around a tree,
To learn the measure of its diameter
The rule would come in quite handy.

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Use the rule to measure the string
It is the same measure as the tree,
And knowing the measure of the string
Will be the diameter’s measure exactly.

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A procedure to bear in mind
The rule comes after the number line,
Both show the zero coming first
In measuring remember that every time.

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It’s different from counting items
Where the first item is number one,
On the rule there are spaces
Like the paces used to measure the lawn.

I trust the foregoing fourteen verses
Have shown the importance of the rule,
Notwithstanding its shape and rigidity
It can be a flexible measuring tool.

Stewart Russell © 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crusade Converts



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We’ve left our home base
To bring you God’s word,
We trust you’ve been listening
We believe you have heard.

Whatever you do with it
Is entirely up to you
But it will not return void
This is God’s own view.

You need only one word
To convict you in the judgment
So be careful to receive it
It’s your time to repent.

I want to introduce to you
Four of our newborn babes,
They will need our help
Long after this crusade

It is true you might say
There are more besides these
But these I have seen and noted
And tonight I am delightfully pleased.

The Apostle Paul you know
And the Apostle Peter too
So let us get acquainted
With this newborn crew.

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You’d remember Saul’s conversion
When on the road to Damascus,
Well right here at this crusade
We have the newborn, Lamascus.

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You would recall Peter’s denial
And how Jesus reinstated him,
Something special happened to Akil
When God forgave him of his sin.

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Thirdly I want to introduce to you
This babe in Christ, Mario,
It’s our Christian responsibility
To ensure that he continues to grow.

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Last but in no ways least
I give to you number four,
Right here at this crusade is
Newborn babe in Christ, Keemo.

You that experienced the new birth
Would understand when I say
That these four can also make it
If we help them come what may.

Is spite of our circumstances
Look how we have grown
So these four can grow too
If they are not left on their own.

No stillborn babies in God’s kingdom
Just His divine works in progress,
Right now they are born again
And here comes the growing pain.

Sometimes they might fall
And surely they will stumble
But with our generous support
They will not collapse and crumble.

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I am reminded of the conversation
When Jesus gave Peter his charge,
Feed my sheep and feed my lambs
Don’t let any roam at large.


I am sure there are more
Than these I have here listed
So Pastor James I am glad
That on this crusade you insisted.

There have been challenges
And I am sure there still are
But we can lift our hearts to God
And thank Him for what He’s done so far.


Stewart Russell © 2016