Mary Spain

The Simple Art - Poem by Mary Spain

Sometimes I wonder, Lord, just what you plan
For me. It isn't power, or great success,
Or tranquil and domestic happiness
That flows from motherhood; and though I can
Do several things a little better than
One might expect, I really must confess
To no outstanding gift. Yet, nonetheless,
I have a sense that since my life began
It has been planned by you. What might appear
An accident, or Fate's perversity,
Is seen, when my objections disappear,
To be your act of generosity.
I wonder, Lord, perhaps you put me here
To learn the simple art of being me.

Comments about The Simple Art by Mary Spain

  • Maria C. Pires Costa (1/25/2010 9:15:00 AM)

    Dear Mary,

    We believe this sonnet is 'an outstanding gift' for us.
    May The Lord bless you for further beautiful pieces of such 'simple art'!
    Many Thanks.
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  • (4/13/2009 7:10:00 AM)

    A golden flow of ones heartful trust and belief in all that gives so freely. (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2008 12:28:00 PM)

    nice poem and great express.
    how a wonderful to that imagination, , ,
    and the rhyme it is success, , happiness, , , plan, , , than
    well done
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  • Dr.subhendu Kar (11/13/2008 3:51:00 PM)

    wonderful expression, introspective by strong belif in God, yet a luscious glow through ingenuity, well penned,10+++, thanks for shatring (Report) Reply

  • Sarwar Chowdhury (9/28/2008 12:35:00 PM)

    Ammmmazing thought beautifully expressed.............10 (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2008 9:27:00 AM)

    I liked it very much because you have felt from the heart. We are all a part of this simple art.
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  • (9/14/2008 12:28:00 AM)

    I wonder, Lord, perhaps you put me here
    To learn the simple art of being me.

    Of course, he puts you for a great task to do something special for the world. God tells you everything in your ears.
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  • (9/1/2008 9:10:00 AM)

    nice one, living itself is an art
    and it is your inner self signature mark
    your essence is you
    your soul is what makes you
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  • Ernestine Northover (8/21/2007 11:36:00 AM)

    Very well produced. Lovely conversation with the Lord, on things we all would like an answer to. Good subject matter. Delightful read.
    Love Ernestine XXX
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  • (8/7/2006 10:08:00 AM)

    I concur with Michael, this is a truely magnificent sonnet. The mastery of the form is yours. So you have suceeded in something, and greatly as well. Again, you use the form to pose a philisophical (theological) question and the resolution is, as the title suggests, simple. (Report) Reply

  • (8/7/2006 7:20:00 AM)

    Mary, should you date this lovely poem, or leave its fragrance to eternity? Three huge cheers to Poemhunter for bringing it and the world together. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 7, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, August 23, 2010

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