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 the dull and the ignorant,
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
Keep interested in your own career, however humble,
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
Therefore be at peace with God,
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), Desiderata, 1927
He has me in his book
With all my faults enumerated
And I am certain there.
It's only the Fallen One
Who wants us perfect;
For then we will not need an angel's care.
Clive Barker, Galilee
an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.
Full Moon and Little Frieda
By Ted Hughes, English Poet
They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief ~
And of unspeakable love.