Writer’s Wisdom

Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is. ~ Zadie Smith

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A Psalm of Life ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

    Life is but an empty dream!—

  For the soul is dead that slumbers,

    And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!

    And the grave is not its goal;

  Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

    Was not spoken of the soul.

  Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

    Is our destined end or way;

  But to act, that each to-morrow

    Find us farther than to-day.

  Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

    And our hearts, though stout and brave,

  Still, like muffled drums, are beating

    Funeral marches to the grave.

  In the world’s broad field of battle,

    In the bivouac of Life,

  Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

    Be a hero in the strife!

  Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!

    Let the dead Past bury its dead!

  Act,—act in the living Present!

    Heart within, and God o’erhead!

  Lives of great men all remind us

    We can make our lives sublime,

  And, departing, leave behind us

    Footprints on the sands of time;

  Footprints, that perhaps another,

    Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

  A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

    Seeing, shall take heart again.

  Let us, then, be up and doing,

    With a heart for any fate;

  Still achieving, still pursuing,

    Learn to labor and to wait.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Keep Going ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Is the goal distant, and troubled the road,
   And the way long?
   And heavy your load?
Then gird up your courage, and say ‘I am strong,’
   And keep going.

Is the work weary, and endless the grind
   And petty the pay?
   Then brace up your mind
And say ‘Something better is coming my way,’
   And keep doing.

Is the drink bitter life pours in your cup—
   Is the taste gall?
   Then smile and look up
And say ‘God is with me whatever befall,’
   And keep trusting.

Is the heart heavy with hope long deferred,
   And with prayers that seem vain?
   Keep saying the word—
And that which you strive for you yet shall attain.
   Keep praying.

Canticle of the Sun ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Canticle of The Sun 

Most high, all-powerful, all good, Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor
And all blessing.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy
To pronounce your name.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made,
And first my lord Brother Sun,
Who brings the day; and light you give to us through him.
How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon and Stars;
In the heavens you have made them, bright
And precious and fair.

All praise be yours, My Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all the weather’s moods,
By which you cherish all that you have made.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
So useful, lowly, precious and pure.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
Through whom you brighten up the night. 
How beautiful is he, how gay! Full of power and strength.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother,
Who feeds us in her sovereignty and produces
Various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through those who grant pardon 
For love of you; through those who endure
Sickness and trial.
Happy those who endure in peace,
By you, Most High, they will be crowned.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
From whose embrace no mortal can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin! 
Happy those She finds doing your will!
The second death can do no harm to them.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks,
And serve him with great humility.

Reality ~ A Poem About Love by Rabia

Reality 

 In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
Speech is born out of longing,
True description from the real taste.
The one who tastes, knows;
the one who explains, lies.
How can you describe the true form of Something
In whose presence you are blotted out?
And in whose being you still exist?
And who lives as a sign for your journey?

– Rabia  

I Bet God ~ Meister Eckhart

If He
let go of my hand, I would
weep so loudly,

I would petition with all my might, I would cause
so much trouble

that I bet God would come to His senses
and never do that
again.