This post is dedicated to the Ukrainians fighting for their country’s sovereignty, and for all of us who still have the right to vote and self-determination.
Overcoming Despair of Despotism
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”~Mahatma Gandhi
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelly
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Laurel Copeland says
Wishing for peace
Debby Detering says
Apt quotation, and appreciated.
Judith Bellamy says
Both especially good choices right now, Deb. I do wish awareness of and referral to history were more a presence in people’s minds and a direction for their thinking.
Cindy Ricksgers says
Perfect. Thanks, I needed these hopeful words!