Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | June 9, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Optimism

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 – 1919).

Optimism

Talk happiness.  The world is sad enough
Without your woes.  No path is wholly rough;
Look for the places that are smooth and clear,
And speak of those, to rest the weary ear
Of Earth, so hurt by one continuous strain                               5
Of human discontent and grief and pain.

Talk faith.  The world is better off without
Your uttered ignorance and morbid doubt.
If you have faith in God, or man, or self,
Say so.  If  not, push back upon the shelf                              10
Of silence all your thoughts, till faith shall come;                 
No one will grieve because your lips are dumb.

Talk health.  The dreary, never-changing tale
Of mortal maladies is worn and stale.
You cannot charm, or interest, or please                               15
By harping on that minor chord, disease.                            
Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.

Notes:
http://www.crcsite.org/Wilcox.htm
http://67.183.135.137/~redwards/
http://ellawheelerwilcox.wwwhubs.com/

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