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One of my favorites which I’d forgotten

The Day is Done
BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The day is done, and the darkness
      Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
      From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
      Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me
      That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
      That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
      As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
      Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
      And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
      Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
      Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
      Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
      And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
      Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
      Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
      And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
      Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet
      The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
      That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
      The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
      The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,
      And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
      And as silently steal away.

Beginnings & Endings

What a strange, wonderful and simultaneously terrible year was 2013.  As most of you know, tomorrow, January 1, 2014 marks the end of my marriage to Tavin Marin Titus, my wife of over 13+ years. I steadfastly refuse to air our dirty laundry in public, but I will take this moment to say I am at peace with my decision to end our marriage. 

The emotionally and personal impact of this event and the tumultuous events of the last five years leading up to it will sit with me for some time.  But I want to say thank you to my amazing friends around the world, without whom I would never made it through.  

I view this with both disappointment and acceptance - and more importantly hope that I may find some forgiveness in my heart for her, and she for me. If not for our sake for our children, Isabella & Zoe.

In parallel the last 30 days of 2013 (which was one of the darkest years in my life) , were filled with hope and positive events for the future. Prompt.ly - which I co-founded this year with my partner Eli Khedouri raised almost 1.5m in seed capital; closing out the year with one of the fastest oversubscribed syndicates in Angellist history.  

Lastly - on a personal level I appear to have defeated, for now, the cancer I was diagnosed with earlier in the year. While I usually keep these things very private, this one I wanted to ask for you, my friends, support and positive energy. I will likely have to continue this battle in the coming years. 

I’ll raise a non-alcoholic drink in your honor this evening at the crack of midnight and send as much Love and positivity as I can to you and yours for 2014. Onward and upward! 

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