|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
gloves, and all; and Johnny, hopeless, awful, irrev-
erent, sat upon his Aunt Janet's plunging knees,
which seemed the most lively part of her. He kept
his face twisted away from her, but it was not from
cowardice. Johnny was afraid lest Aunt Janet
should be too much overcome by the discovery of
his identity. He felt that it was his duty to spare
her that. So he sat still, triumphant but inwardly
It was fast dawning upon him that his aunt was
not a little boy. He was not afraid of any punish-
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott:
world I find her there."
And Summer, giving her the sunbeam, passed away over the distant
hills, leaving all green and bright behind her.
So Ripple journeyed on again, till the earth below her shone
with ye]low harvests waving in the sun, and the air was filled
with cheerful voices, as the reapers sang among the fields or in
the pleasant vineyards, where purple fruit hung gleaming through
the leaves; while the sky above was cloudless, and the changing
forest-trees shone like a many-colored garland, over hill and plain;
and here, along the ripening corn-fields, with bright wreaths of
crimson leaves and golden wheat-ears in her hair and on her purple
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
"Let It Be Forgotten"
Let it be forgotten, as a flower is forgotten,
Forgotten as a fire that once was singing gold,
Let it be forgotten for ever and ever,
Time is a kind friend, he will make us old.
If anyone asks, say it was forgotten
Long and long ago,
As a flower, as a fire, as a hushed footfall
In a long forgotten snow.
The Dark Cup