June 20, 2011

Summer Poetry Challenge: Week 4

Fragmentary Blue was lovely to memorize. Now, on to this week's poem. This is for my daughter, Chelsea, who just graduated from high school and will be starting life's next big adventure soon. She's a bit of a worrier, this one, and has every reason not to be. Relax, child. You're doing well.

LIVING
by Unknown

To touch the cup with eager lips and taste, not drain it;
To woo and tempt and court a bliss--and not attain it;
To fondle and caress a joy, yet hold it lightly,
Lest it become necessity and cling too tightly;
To watch the sun set in the west without regretting;
To hail its advent in the east--the night forgetting;
To smother care in happiness and grief in laughter;
To hold the present close--not questioning hereafter;
To have enough to share--to know the joy of giving;
To thrill with all the sweets of life--is living.


4 comments:

Robin Weeks said...

Ohhh--that's a fun one.

You do NOT look old enough to have a high school graduate. Is your profile pic a decade old? Cheater! :)

Krista said...

Thank you, Sweetie! And here I HAVE to say that I had those pics taken last summer. The photog did a great job fading all the crows feet and my dangly jowls. ;)

Robin Weeks said...

There is no replacement for a good photographer. Of course, there is such a thing as too much resolution. I accidentally zoomed WAY in on my profile pic a week or so ago. Yeah, not gonna do that again.

Michelle Teacress said...

Hey, I've got one in the same boat. Best of luck to your daughter. It's neat to see them spread their wings, huh?

Happy 4th.

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