This Tuesday’s Three Tweet-able Terse Thoughts

[Fifty years ago or so, I was made to memorize my first poem.  Of course, I can’t remember what it was!  To inflict the greatest amount of anxiety, teachers seemed to choose poems that were longer rather than shorter and complex rather than simple..  Here are three poems that are easy to memorize, yet have a lot to say.  Feel free to comment on any and all.  Please vote for your favorite.]

When the angel
comes to you,
cease your chattering,
surrender your resolve,
and listen for
the mystery
— Nancy Compton Williams

The Gift and the Giver
We ask for a piece of sand
and he gives us a beach.

We ask for a drop of water
and he gives us an ocean.

We ask for time
and he gives us life eternal.

And it is so easy for us
to fall in love with the gift
and forget the giver.
— Edward Farrell

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
— Langston Hughes


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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