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This Is My Wish for You
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Comfort on difficult days,
smiles when sadness intrudes,
rainbows to follow the clouds,
laughter to kiss your lips,
sunsets to warm your heart,
hugs when spirits sag,
beauty for your eyes to see,
friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe,
confidence for when you doubt,
courage to know yourself,
patience to accept the truth,
love to complete your life.

This poem is in the public domain.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) was an American poet, essayist, and philosopher. Born and raised in Boston, he attended both Harvard University and Harvard School of Divinity, but was not a particularly impressive student. "Waldo,” as he preferred to be called, worked as a schoolteacher and Unitarian minister before devoting himself to a career in writing and public speaking. A close friend of Henry David Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorne, the Alcott family, and Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew, Prince Achille Murat, he was also instrumental in establishing Walt Whitman's reputation as a poet. A strong abolitionist and passionate Transcendentalist, Emerson was one of the foremost personalities of the 19th century; his philosphies and writings had tremendous impact on America's political, religious, and literary arenas. Unfortunately, he knew much sorrow in his life, including the death of his father when he was only eight, the death of his first wife after only a year and a half of marriage, the death of both his young sons, and a fire at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. (Friends took up a collection to pay for the restoration, Emerson lived in it until his death, and the house is now a National Historic Landmark.)

Post New Comment:
All of the best! Thank you.
Posted 03/17/2024 11:27 AM
Wilda Morris:
Posted 03/16/2024 08:20 AM
Wonderful, inspiring choice for the day
Posted 03/15/2024 10:30 PM
Janice Galt:
Thank you for sharing this, and as Larry said, I will pass them on!
Posted 03/15/2024 03:29 PM
Everything we could ever want!
Posted 03/15/2024 02:07 PM
Hard to find fault . . .unwavering.
Posted 03/15/2024 01:36 PM
All good wishes! Thank you, Jayne and Ralph!
Posted 03/15/2024 10:08 AM
Larry Schug:
Thanks,Ralph. I'll take those wishes any time (and pass them on).
Posted 03/15/2024 07:59 AM

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