Desiderata ( An Inspirational Poem)

9 years ago
554 posts


Go placidly amid the noise and haste
and remember what peace there may be insilence.
As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others,
even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disappointment
it is as 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 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 it is clear to you or not,
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 and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham and drudgery and broken dreams
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrman, 1927.

updated by @bing: 03/29/17 03:32:17AM
8 years ago
554 posts

Hi Kaya

Thank you for your kind words. If you would like to listen to the original song made in 1972. It became an instant hit all over the world. Here is the link.

Throw some love into the wind


8 years ago
1,562 posts

" much as possible without surrender be on good terms will all persons.."

My signature status. Love it, Bing! thank you for always 'blowing love to the wind".

Nocturne's Angel
Nocturne's Angel
7 years ago
928 posts

I have this poem on my Yuku profile. It is so beautiful, peaceful, yet true :)

Thank you for you Bing :)


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