Look to this day

Today is “Poem in your pocket” day, one part of National Poetry Month.  This poem always meant so much to me – it was beloved by my Great-grandma Sara and Grandma Sugarplum, and I had a printing of it next to my bed in college.  It seems a worthy reminder in these tense and troubling times that all we have – really – is today and what we do to it.  So from me to you, I hope you look well to this day.

Look to this day
 
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
 
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.
 
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
 
Look well, therefore, to this day.
 
~ Ancient Sanskrit poem ~
 
Do you have a favorite poem?  Share it in the comments!
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