Sunday, February 14, 2010

Grasp the Day!



 The words in blue are from Shelley's poem
'To a Skylark'


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past;
This day you now are living may prove to be your last!
So live it to its zenith! Don't look back and regret!
Don't yearn for future wonders; such yearnings make one fret,
Comparing it with the present, which may fall short of your dreams;
Since wealth and health and happiness are not yours in extremes.
Take this day for what it is, a snap-shot of your life,
With a little drop of ecstasy, and a little pinch of strife.
If you look back with nostalgia it may seem that days gone by
Held a delicious promise that's since proved just a lie.
If you look into the future you may fear catastrophe
That is purely theoretical, and may never come to be!
In your hand you hold a miracle, part anguished and part pleasant.
A jewel of existence that we speak of as The Present.

Life comparisons here:


Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the idea of a little drop of ecstasy and a little pinch of strife! Great ring to the poem!

Cheryl said...

I liked the snap-shot of your life! Very nice and a wonderful way to look at it all.

FranE said...

I come to be refreshed and as usual I am not disappointed. Great poem.
I have given you the 101 Sweet Award stop by my blog to pick it up.
Thanks for sharing.

keiths ramblings said...

What words of wisdom! A lovely poem once again

SandyCarlson said...

No time like now. Here. Beautiful poem.

cyclopseven said...

Resonates reality. Excellent work buddy.

Larry McCay said...

Well done! Many of us are paralyzed by memories of the past and the anxiety of the future and we miss the very now.

Thanks for sharing!


madeline d. murray said...

Such a thorough treatment of the prompt. Wise and witty, as always. I, too, found the "drop" and the "pinch" particularly good. Thank you.

Kat said...

I don't know....

Somehow, the past, present and future is all fun and nice for me.

Medhini said...


Agree completely to what you said... Loved the way you said 'Take this day for what it is, a snap shot of your life'.

Andy Sewina said...

Yeah, this is loaded! The middle line, 'with a little drop' etc. really encapsulates it for me!!