Poem: As you go through life

As You Go Through Life

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life;
And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light
Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,
Than the spots on the sun abiding.

The current of life runs ever away
To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe –
Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,
But bend and let it go o’er you.

The world will never adjust itself
To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,
And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,
And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan
As water shapes into a vessel.


Sobre anabrav

Professora universitária Área de especialização: Economia Gostos: literatura, poesia, cinema, musica comentar economia e política
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2 respostas a Poem: As you go through life

  1. did i ever need this reminder this week, ty for posting this.

    • anabrav diz:

      Hi there, thanks for your comment. it is an incentive to improve my blog- I have created another blog just for economic and political comments: owing to financial crisis; and loosepen will be just for art & photo/ video and poems. I shall include one of my poems in portuguese, hope youíi be able to understand it after translation. Namaste

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