Sunshine & Shadow ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunshine and Shadow

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Life has its shadows, as well as its sun; 
Its lights and its shades, all twined together.
I tried to single them out, one by one, 
Single and count them, determining whether
There was less blue than there was grey, 
And more of the deep night than of the day.
But dear me, dear me, my task’s but begun, 
And I am not half way into the sun.

For the longer I look on the bright side of earth, 
The more of the beautiful do I discover; 
And really, I never knew what life was worth
Till I searched the wide storehouse of happiness over.
It is filled from the cellar well up to the skies, 
With things meant to gladden the heart and the eyes.
The doors are unlocked, you can enter each room, 
That lies like a beautiful garden in bloom.

Yet life has its shadow, as well as its sun; 
Earth has its storehouse of joy and sorrow.
But the first is so wide – and my task’s but begun –
That the last must be left for a far-distant morrow.
I will count up the blessings God gave in a row, 
But dear me! When I get through them, I know
I shall have little tine left for the rest, 
For life is a swift-flowing river at best. 


Author: Ray Calabrese

I am an optimistic, can do, and never quit guy. The spirit of hope indelibly marks my DNA. My research at The Ohio State University helped people discover the best in themselves and change their personal lives, public organizations, and whole communities. I bring the same spirit and enthusiasm to my blog to help those who grieve who find themselves suddenly alone, navigate their grieving. Join my more than 24,300Twitter (@alwaysgoodstuff). I promise my tweets are always good stuff. Please feel free to email me at

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