Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

A Golden Day


The subtle beauty of this day
Hangs o'er me like a fairy spell,
And care and grief have flown away,
And every breeze sings, "all is well."
I ask, "Holds earth or sin, or woe?"
My heart replies, "I do not know."

Nay! all we know, or feel, my heart,
Today is joy undimmed, complete;
In tears or pain we have no part;
The act of breathing is so sweet,
We care no higher joy to name.
What reck we now of wealth or fame?

The past--what matters it to me?
The pain it gave has passed away.
The future--that I cannot see!
I care for nothing save today--
This is a respite from all care,
And trouble flies--I know not where.

Go on, oh noisy, restless life!
Pass by, oh, feet that seek for heights!
I have no part in aught of strife;
I do not want your vain delights.
The day wraps round me like a spell
And every breeze sings, "All is well."

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 233 Points John S (3/23/2015 7:53:00 AM)

    Auto correct; undimmed not unsigned. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 233 Points John S (3/23/2015 7:51:00 AM)

    In my last poem I meant to quote the poem today is joy undimmed, complete. Stupid auto-correct; unsigned instead of undimmed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 233 Points John S (3/23/2015 7:44:00 AM)

    I know I write this often but sometimes I just don't understand why some well-written poems score so low. This poem sums up so many experiences I've had hiking through nature. When my friend and I walk through nature, out in some beautiful scenic area, it truly is a respite from worry and woe. Forget about the pressures currently occurring in your life, forget your worries about things future and past. Today is joy unsigned complete. This sort of a poem about mindfulness and being fully engaged in the present moment. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lan Mobinzo (11/27/2011 7:49:00 AM)

    The Expression of a peaceful Soul... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kahleigh Schweinsteiger (8/9/2007 7:40:00 AM)

    Wonderfully constructed. Brings tears to my eyes. (Report) Reply

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