Man a Person

But “man” just means “person,” unless some particular “male” or “males” are meant. This double usage exists in English but not in Latin or Greek. In Greek the two nouns, “anthropos,” and “aner,” and Latin has “homo” and “vir.” Both “anthropos” and “homo” are used generally for humans, and rarely specifically for a “male person.” …

The Memory of the Setting Summer Sun

The memory of the setting Summer Sun, Of warm and happy Life under his gaze, Has given way to Autumn’s dark and dun, And Winter’s icy dark and shortened days: Now Winter thinks himself to be the god, T’whom all must bow t’appease and supplicate, While he destroys Life’s happiness by rod, Of punishment called …

The Subject and Predicate

Every thought or idea directs itself, at least ostensibly, towards two parts, a subject and predicate. The subject is the main focus of the idea. The subject is the main “actor” about which everything else is concerned. The predicate is that, which is said about the subject. The predicate begins with the verb and includes …

Then once I found a diamond on my round

Then once I found a diamond on my round; It had a different gleam from all the rest: I picked it up and brushed it off and found It more beautiful than all the others’ best. When I put it in my keep, it said to me, “You don’t know me; you’re better off without.” …

The Memory of the Setting Summer Sun

The memory of the setting summer Sun, Of warm and happy Life under his gaze, Has given way to Autumn’s dark and dun, And Winter’s icy dark and shortened days. Now Winter thinks himself to be the god, T’whom all must t’appease and supplicate, While he destroy Life’s happiness by rod Of punishment called, “Loneliness” …

Are there better men than I?

Are there better men than I, who’ve sought your love: So rich and powerful, or smooth of tongue, Or handsome, fun or otherwise above, Or more successful on life’s ladder’s rung? Have they taken you to dine at the right place, And given you a thrill, a moment’s smile, And made you like and want …