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Friday, December 7, 2012

Author Unknown

Have you ever heard of Author Unknown? Do you know anyone who has ever met him or her? Have you ever thought about how many centuries this individual has lived? (You think I jest!)

It is somewhat astounding to consider the number of truly profound and mostly inspiring poems written by this Unknown "character."

Here are just 3 Unknown thought provokers that I particularly enjoy -- especially at this time of year when our kindness and consideration barometers might be pushed to their limits.


There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behooves any of us
To find fault with the rest of us.

Pray Don't Find Fault

Pray don't find fault with the man who limps
or stumbles along the road,
unless you have worn the shoes he wears
or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
though hidden away from view,
or the burden he bears, placed on your back
might cause you to stumble too.

Don't sneer at the man who's down today
unless you have felt the blow
that caused his fall or felt the shame
that only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
that were his, if dealt to you
in the selfsame way, at the selfsame time,
might cause you to stagger too.

Don't be too harsh with the man who sins
or pelt him with word or stone,
unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
that you have no sins of your own.
For you know perhaps if the tempter's voice
should whisper as softly to you
as it did to him when he went astray,
it might cause you to stumble too.

High Resolve

I'll hold my candle high, and then
Perhaps I'll see the hearts of men
Above the sordidness of life,
Beyond misunderstandings, strife.
Though many deeds that others do
Seem foolish, rash and sinful too,
Just who am I to criticize
What I perceive with my dull eyes?
I'll hold my candle high, and then,
                                 Perhaps I'll see the hearts of men.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And we don't know who said them? They may not be immortal but their words are.
That last one is really powerful.

monicadevine said...

sometimes one stumbles upon a phrase or poem that resonates so deeply, with such perfect timing; it's serendipitous. Thank you, Kathy. Pray Don't Find...did it for me.

M Kathy Brown said...

Alex~Thank you for stopping by. Everytime I open my blog, I reread these; it's good for my mind and soul.

Monica~It's good to hear that the timing was so right. Thanks.
P.S. That one happens to be one of my four top favorites of all time :)

(The other 3 are: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling, and Self-Portrait With Turkey Carcass by Lisa Cihlar)