Hello there folks.
At the halfway point for NanoPoblano and my thirty day found poetry marathon – what a milestone achieved!
Allow me a second to give myself a hearty slap on the back. Ow! That hurt! OK, right, let’s get back to it!
Tonight, my poetic guest is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and I have been entranced by one of his most popular poems to use it as my inspiration for my found piece.
Firstly, here is a link to poetry foundation that contains a wealth of detailed and fascinating information about Mr Longfellow, along with the lyrics to many of his poems.
Here are the lyrics to his most popular poem “A Psalm of Life”, which was my foundation poem and the lyrics can also be found at Poetry Foundation.
“A Psalm of Life” by 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.
And finally, here is my found poem based on the inspirational words of Mr Longfellow, thank you for reading it and hope you enjoy it 🙂
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“Let Fate Still Learn To Wait” by David Ellis
An empty dream
Is not what they seem
Was spoken of the soul
Destined to act each day
Art is our hearts
Beating to the world’s driven future
Living within all lives sublime
Leave behind us
A forlorn heart again
Let fate still learn to wait
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