25 April 2010 -- Hello to everybody -- I am new to the community. I wrote a poem some time ago, but thought I would share it here for my first journal entry (seems somehow appropriate):

Sonnet For A Friend

When all the world's a friend like you I'll dare to put aside To meddle in occupancies untried The stuff of life we so defend. Oh think how sweet to apprehend All that within us so misguides Which suffers truth, does not provide The things that God would recommend. It is with fear and subterfuge We cheat and brandish counterfeit And fill with hollow interludes What our minds, despite, know infinite: That graceful beauty dwells within Our hearts, our own true origin.

Christine Casner c. 2010