Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Poetry Challenge--Poem #2

I passed off my first poem yesterday! My daughter had the questionable privilege of listening to me recite, She Walks in Beauty, by George, Lord Byron. She only interrupted me once to ask "How long is this poem?" The support was overwhelming.

I've picked a new poem for this week, one that is different from my first in several ways.
1-They were written on different continents.
2-They were not written by the same person.
3-They are drastically different in length.

This week's selection was written by Orson F. Whitney, the man for whom the Whitney Awards are named.

Wit and Wisdom
Orson F Whitney

As deepest waves with darkest volume flow,
Though gems be glittering in their depths below,
So wisest thoughts will oft the dullest seem,
While wit's bright bubbles gild the shallow stream.

This one shouldn't be too hard. At least that's the theory.

Follow along with fellow Poetry Challenge participants over on Twitter using the hashtag #PoetrySummer


Krista said...

Love it! Empathizing with you on the family love.

Robin Weeks said...

Yeah, my husband couldn't read as fast as I recited The Bells, so couldn't say if I had everything right--but declared that the poem was too dang long, anyway. :)

I'm front-loading a few long ones so I can save the short ones for when my brain freezes up. Which should happen any day now....

Donna K. Weaver said...

Lovely choice.

I didn't know the Whitney awards were named after Orson. One of my favorite encouraging statements comes from him.

"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God... and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven."


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