A Grain Of Sand Poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

A Grain Of Sand

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Do you see this grain of sand
Lying loosely in my hand?
Do you know to me it brought
Just a simple loving thought?
When one gazes night by night
On the glorious stars of light,
Oh how little seems the span
Measured round the life of man.

Oh! how fleeting are his years
With their smiles and their tears;
Can it be that God does care
For such atoms as we are?
Then outspake this grain of sand
'I was fashioned by His hand
In the star lit realms of space
I was made to have a place.

'Should the ocean flood the world,
Were its mountains 'gainst me hurled
All the force they could employ
Wouldn't a single grain destroy;
And if I, a thing so light,
Have a place within His sight;
You are linked unto his throne
Cannot live nor die alone.

In the everlasting arms
Mid life's dangers and alarms
Let calm trust your spirit fill;
Know He's God, and then be still.'
Trustingly I raised my head
Hearing what the atom said;
Knowing man is greater far
Than the brightest sun or star.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Bernard F. Asuncion 23 June 2017

Reminds me of the song BECAUSE WE CAN popularized by BION JOVI....?????? Thanks for posting??????

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Savita Tyagi 23 June 2017

Beautiful poem! Most of it written in total humility. End however displays man's belief in being superior to rest. In some way it describes our conflict and struggle that each one of us have to go through in keeping our balance and proper place while we navigate our life as an individual against all other animate or inanimate forces. All of which have a place in existence.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 June 2017

Fantastic expression. The last lines... Knowing man is greater far Than the brightest sun or star.. are most meaningful. I appreciate this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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Edward Kofi Louis 23 June 2017

Within His sight! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Kevin Patrick 23 June 2017

In the star lit realms of space I was made to have a place. Damn! Now that's good writing!

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Sylvaonyema Uba 23 June 2017

Should the ocean flood the world. A good piece of poetry embellished in rhetoric questions. Well done! Sylva.

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Simone Inez Harriman 23 June 2017

A beautiful poem that enriches the spirit.

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Susan Williams 23 June 2017

A huge write - -I am going to read more by this lady

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Anil Kumar Panda 23 June 2017

Wonderful poetry with a great flow and rhyming. In His creation even a grain of sand has some importance. And He has a purpose in creating it. Nice poetry.

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