Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Morning Poetry

It's spring!

Symphony

To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

~ William Henry Channing

Happy Sunday, friends.

31 comments:

Rita said...

I love this poem. It says so much. Thanks for sharing.

Lynnelise said...

Good Morning Relyn!
(I've just returned from off the face of the earth!!!lol)
And what a beautiful way to start a wonderful Sunday Morning than to read such a beautiful poem.

Thank you Relyn, for being such a bright spot in my day!

Lord Bless you.
~Lynnelise

Debby said...

Beautiful poem. Okay I have read your post and listened to your sweet music now I can start my day off with a little peace in my heart. Thank you.

Scrappy Grams said...

Do you have an anthology of poems? I love so many of the ones you post.
And I think I've told you before, but in case I haven't, I love your playlist. I especially enjoy "Kiss the Rain."

tracy said...

"I got the music in me. YEOW!"

Happy Sunday!

Laura said...

oh my. that is stunning.

S. Etole said...

The symphony is lovely ...

Lubna said...

Beautiful

Joanna said...

Beautiful poem, Relyn and stunning photo.

Enjoy your Sunday.

xx

deb colarossi said...

oh, love love Relyn,
thank you .
much needed and appreciated.

Jeanne said...

This has always been one of my favs
Love you
Love Jeanne

Dyan said...

Hi Relyn, this was a beautiful read for my quiet Sunday evening. Thanks for sharing, I love poetry and discovering different works I never knew of before.

Suz said...

oh but I do like fashion
but refinement is good too
:)

A Box of Chocolates said...

oh Relyn I love this poem, it inspires a better me

elizabeth said...

I want that to be my symphony too!

I love how the flower has its own pink shadow. Oh, happy spring.

Have a wonderful week, Relyn!

Pearl said...

Thanks for sharing. Very nice.
Take care,

Amy said...

This may very well be my favorite yet!

Tracy said...

This symphony is a great motto for living... I'm subscribing to this song! ;o) Happy Day, Relyn ((HUGS))

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Lovely photo, lovely poem, lovely friend! Perfect for the beginning of another week! <3

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Now that is beautiful and a lesson to live by. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Georgianna said...

Your photo is beautiful, Relyn, and these words sum up a life well lived, don't they? Nothing more to add with such a score playing through one's days. Fabulous, thank you for sharing it. xo – g

Marilyn said...

I do love these words you have shared. Oh "to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common." And to be a symphony, seen in my face and my demeanor. This would be a beautiful thing.

meeta said...

"This is to be my symphony" delightful...thanks for sharing as always a beautiful gem of a poem Relyn :)

Short Poems said...

Beautiful poem and lovely image!

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

A symphony, yes. As I was dusting the ceiling fans tonight, something I didn't get around to yesterday...you blog was up for me to visit and your music playing and gave me pleasure, as visiting you always does...

christinelaennec said...

This is a Tuesday poem for me as I am behind-wards. But it is a great poem for any day of the week or indeed year. Thank you!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

'elegance rather than luxury' and
'to listen to stars and birds'. Love it, Relyn! Wishing you a happy week and looking forward to more poetry.
Kirsten

Deborah Carr said...

Quiet words to live by.

Char said...

beautiful poem and gorgeous shot

Patti said...

This poem does say so much- what an awesome message! It kind of reminds me of Mr. Holland's Opus- which I accidently watched and cried my eyes out at on Sat.

Pearl Maple said...

thank you for sharing beautiful verse and images

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