A Positive Poem

Just had an email from the ms society, saying a new comment has been posted. Dated 2013!! Took it as a sign to repost.

It was originally posted by ssdd, not even sure if she’s still around?

desiderata - by max ehrmann

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 and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and 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 fortunes 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 and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and 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 labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

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

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

In this same thread, Jen (polar bear) is explaing to me about what bumping post means. I’d only recently joined the forum-doesn’t time fly.


Those are lovely sentiments, Blossom.

that is lovely blossom - thank you.

i have found a poem that i like

THE DOOR by Miroslov Holub

Go and open the door

maybe outside there is

a tree, or a wood,

a garden

or a magic city.

Go and open the door

maybe a dog is rummaging

maybe you’ll see a face,

or an eye, or the picture

of a picture.

Go and open the door

if there’s a fog

it will clear.

Go and open the door

even if there’s only the darkness ticking

even if there’s only the hollow wind

even if


is there

go and open the door

At least

there’ll be

a draught.

carole xx

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That’s a lovely poem Carole, copying that one.

Ta! xx

That one’s good too, Carole x

I was just reading your poem again Carole and musing over the words.

For me personally the poem is all about never giving in, there is always something round the corner. New beginnings and adventures.

Love love love poetry, so much can be said.


Thanks for the poems #1 & carole xx

thank you for the music - abba playing in my head now.

i prefer marina, aqua marina

Are you talking about the other thread now carole?

Yah set me off singing it again now Lol


ha ha!!

thank you the singing, the joy its bringing

marina aquamarina

to be repeated ad infinitum until you throw a brick at me!