the poem Desiderata and a DC Rainbow

by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be
greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career
however humble;
it is a real possession in the
changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham,
drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

the poem Desiderata and a DC Rainbow


Anna said...

I haven't read this in so long!Thank you so much for bringing this back into my life! If only we could implement this to all facets of our lives.

Oh, and great photo as well! I bet the Unitarian Universalists would praise Allah, Buddha, Mohammed, and God for such a beautiful image!

gwadzilla said...


it is a powerful piece

last summer my grandmother died
when they cleaned out her house a poster was pulled off my mother's childhood room
it was a poster with these words

they are wonderful photos
and as the poem says...

be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

so I would think that the Unitarian Universalists would be pleased with those images (is that who resides in that church)

I think I saw Black Flag in the Rec Room of that church on the early 80's

Jason in DC said...

Great shots of the rainbow. It was truly impressive to behold.