John Donne - Poet, 1624

Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, 1624

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

We are all pieces of one another.
Be kind to one another today.
We are richer for having one another.

Peace today and tomorrow as we clamor into the thoughts, blessings and love of those we have loved, that love us and those that one day we will learn to love.  Shelter one another always.  It's all we have and all that we will remember.


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