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Poetry Friday: Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers by Muriel Strode

January 15th, 2016 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: What'd I Miss from the musical Hamilton

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.

Infinitely will I trust nature's instincts and promptings, but I will not call my own perversions nature.

Each receives but that which is his own returning.
Each hears but that which is the echo of his own call.
Each feels but that which has eaten into his own heart.

I do not bemoan misfortune. To me there is no misfortune. I welcome whatever comes; I go out gladly to meet it.

It is no stigma to wear rags; the disgrace is in continuing to wear them.

Say not that this or that thing came to thwart you; it only came to test you.

There is hope for that genius who must overcome poverty, but there is almost none for that one who must overcome wealth.

A great work demands a great sacrifice, and who is not capable of a great sacrifice is not capable of great work.

Wishing will bring things in the degree that it incites you to go after them.

Better than tiaras - the diadem of freedom.
Better than broad acres - a garden of hearts-ease.
Better than mines of gold - a mint of dreams.
Better than bars of molten silver - the silver of a laugh.
Better than strings of pearls - the crystal of a tear.
Better than bands of choristers - a lute in the soul.

I am life's mystery, - and I alone am its solution.
I am the dreamer of dreams, - and I am dreams come true.

- selected lines from Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers by Muriel Strode

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Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: January 15th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
beautiful lines

I am not familiar with this poem or poet, but these lines are beautiful and thought-provoking. I love the section of lines that begin with "Better than..." Sometimes it seems easier to let the rest of the world define what is valuable, but I often find that the greater treasure is in those things that aren't easily measured or held.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 15th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: beautiful lines

The best things in life are free.

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: January 16th, 2016 02:03 pm (UTC)

Maybe those Wind-wafted Wild Flowers are the ones in the RF poem I shared today!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 16th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)

Nice. :)

Posted by: Keri Collins Lewis (Keri Collins Lewis)
Posted at: January 16th, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
A call to action!

Wishing will bring things in the degree that it incites you to go after them.

Many beautiful lines in this poem, but this one made me laugh -- I imagine someone saying this with a bit of sarcasm or satire.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 17th, 2016 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: A call to action!

It definitely sounds different when said tongue-in-cheek!

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