Friday, August 26, 2011


I am in a funk tonight. I know why, but it is hard to express here. I don't want to always be in a mood, but I think with school coming up in a week and the hiring season coming to a close...well, it happens.

Anyway, I turn to poetry a lot when I am feeling moody, and tonight I had to reread one of my favorite poems of all time. I know I have posted this poem here before, but I just love it so comforts me, even when I don't know why.


I need no assurances, I am a man who is preoccupied of his own soul;
I do not doubt that from under the feet and beside the hands and
face I am cognizant of, are now looking faces I am not cognizant
of, calm and actual faces,
I do not doubt but the majesty and beauty of the world are latent in
any iota of the world,
I do not doubt I am limitless, and that the universes are limitless,
in vain I try to think how limitless,
I do not doubt that the orbs and the systems of orbs play their
swift sports through the air on purpose, and that I shall one day
be eligible to do as much as they, and more than they,
I do not doubt that temporary affairs keep on and on millions of years,
I do not doubt interiors have their interiors, and exteriors have
their exteriors, and that the eyesight has another eyesight, and
the hearing another hearing, and the voice another voice,
I do not doubt that the passionately-wept deaths of young men are
provided for, and that the deaths of young women and the
deaths of little children are provided for,
(Did you think Life was so well provided for, and Death, the purport
of all Life, is not well provided for?)
I do not doubt that wrecks at sea, no matter what the horrors of
them, no matter whose wife, child, husband, father, lover, has
gone down, are provided for, to the minutest points,
I do not doubt that whatever can possibly happen anywhere at any
time, is provided for in the inherences of things,
I do not think Life provides for all and for Time and Space, but I
believe Heavenly Death provides for all.


  1. This might sound like a cliche, but I'm sure everything will be okay soon. Thank you for sharing the poem. It can cheer up anyone, and it really puts things into perspective. :)

  2. Testing to see if Blogger will let me comment yet...

  3. Ah! I'm in!


    Beautiful post, Allie. Whitman - I've read this one before but had to look it up to recognize I knew it. I think now I'll remember it for a while.

    Incidently, a moment ago I recorded this in my diary:

    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11 - New International Version (NIV)