Thursday, September 8, 2011

Early Poetry Friday

I know I'm early for Friday but I'm out of time for any real posting today. So instead you get a poem.

Go Placidly
I'm not sure who the author is. Anyone know?
[Edit: Thanks to Partly Cloudy Knitter I now know that the poem is called Desiderata (Latin of course) and was written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. Thanks for the enlightenment!]

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
And remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly & clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull & ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain & bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing future of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment
it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness.

Beyond wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees & the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labours & aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.


Partly Cloudy Knitter said...

I had a poster with this poem when I was in high school.

Partly Cloudy Knitter said...

You might like this one too.

Cat B said...

Thanks Partly Cloudy Knitter!

I'll make the correction and check out your other poem. I'm glad you knew it. I wish I had known it in high school.