Poetry for Life

DSCF1121-3English was one of my favorite subjects in high school.  I enjoyed pouring my thoughts into a journal, and have continued that practice off and on for years.  I suppose that blogging is in some ways just a continuation of the creative writing that had its beginnings back then.  When I’m re-reading my emails at work, I know the brain cells looking for spelling and grammar mistakes were trained by countless exercises in English class, too.

Yet, what I remember most from high school English lessons was the poem “Inspiration” by Henry David Thoreau.  The first verse is emblazoned in memory, and comes unbidden to my mind, when I’m feeling tired, overwhelmed, or both.

Whate’er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God lets alone.

The poem contains other wonderful verses, and I invite you to get the full poem from a publisher, on your Kindle or your bookshelf of poetry, especially if you’re a writer or a poet.  If you have any anthologies there, it may already be in your collection. In the meantime, let his words be my gift to you, and to my future self.

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