Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Not in Vain

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

~Emily Dickinson

This poem has been a favourite since I first read it at age thirteen. It gave me purpose then, and I have tried to live my life with this in mind.  

Please read my Challenge Reveal Post for insight on the poetry that I chose to share here. 



22 comments:

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    1. Though pleased, I am not surprised, shortybear.

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  2. I have always loved this poem too, it does indeed give us the perfect directive for life. I think it also conveys the message that we don't have to save the world, we can do "small things with great love", and it will make a difference. You chose the perfect poem for "V", Annie! :-)

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    1. Ah, yes. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Well, you know Mother Teresa has always been a role model for me. I hope to not disappoint her.

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  3. Beautiful poem. I'm saving it as another favorite. Thank you for sharing. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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    1. It has long been a favourite of mine. I am glad it is for you, as well.

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  4. Little things add up to big things over time.

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    1. I agree, Mimi. It is how we change things.

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  5. Thank you for introducing me to so much lovely poetry. How have I missed so many lovely works?
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    I still have intermittent Internet access currently but wish you well on completing the challenge.

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    1. Darla, I am glad you are here. I enjoy visiting with you!

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  6. A favorite of mine. I have a print with a well loved teddy bear and this poem that my mother gave me many many years ago. It is important to know that small things are what make up the big things.

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  7. I love this poem and I love Emily Dickinson. Her house/museum is only 30 minutes away from where I live. It is obvious from reading your blog that your life is not lived in vain- you make many people and animals very happy. XO

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    1. Ellen, you are special. Thanks for this. Hugs.

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  8. That sums up a beautiful life!

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  9. Emily Dickinson is one of my favourites too. Have come here from http://www.poojasharmarao.blogspot.com

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  10. You have presented some amazing poems.

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  11. Excellent inspiration on which to pattern one's life.

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  12. I totally see your caring heart in these words!! I will always think of you know when I see this poem. <3

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