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It was early… way early… real early.  I was checking emails and catching up on the news when Dad asked if he could read me a poem.  “Hmmmm.”  I thought…  “A poem?  I usually get the stuff out of the Wallstreet Journal or some antic that Perry has done that has him all stirred up.”   Not everyone in Texas is on the Perry bandwagon.  : )   John Greenleaf Whittier was a Quaker, an ardent abolitionist, and one of the most prolific and popular American poets of his time.  Slowing down enough to allow the poet’s craft to softly open us requires some discipline.  I believe the payoff here is worth it.  Hope you enjoy!  -MDP-

My heart was heavy, for its trust had been

Abused, its kindness answered with foul wrong;

So, turning gloomily from my fellow-men,

One summer Sabbath day I strolled among

The green mounds of the village burial-place;

Where, pondering how all human love and hate

Find one sad level; and how, soon or late,

Wronged and wrongdoer, each with meekened face,

And cold hands folded over a still heart,

Pass the green threshold of our common grave,

Whither all footsteps tend, whence none depart,

Awed for myself, and pitying my race,

Our common sorrow, like a mighty wave,

Swept all my pride away, and trembling I forgave!

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

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  1. marisol doyle
    September 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I Could identify and think quickly in the last events and experiences with the first 2 lines, on the other hand, the last lines were not so easily empathize. I wish they were…that is my battle…pray to have an attitude and heart open to understand, accept, be the bigger person extending grace without ceasing because of Jesus.

    Covetting your prayers…it seems my life has developed around hard cookies and I keep finding different tastes, but hard:( Yet the Lord sustains…and amazingly, I feel His strength to keep on the journey.

  2. Veronica Harvey
    September 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for sharing this; it’s what I needed to read.

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