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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Poem

We all have a favorite song, something we sing in the shower; favorite recipe, something we cook for friends and family; favorite time of year. Perhaps, when buds on trees appear.
I have a favorite poem:
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
   Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
   But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
   Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
   But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
   Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
   But they do not  need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
   Be sad, and you lose them  all,--
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
   But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
   Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
   But no man can help you die.
For there is room in the halls of pleasure 
   For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
   Through the narrow aisles of pain.

Writing Tip:

There is magic in three. Think three little pigs, three little bears, three wise men. When writing, three gives a sense of completion. It is the third example that usually clinches it. Think ABC in the alphabet. When writing a book, there is a beginning, middle, and an end.

Writing Quote:

"Because no matter how dark your secret is, it gets lighter each time you tell it to someone else."--Regan Hofmann, from her book, "I Have Something to Tell You."

Until this time next time.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

Linda Della Donna is a freelance writer. Opt-in at Griefcase for a copy of her free ebook, and to learn more about the writing services she offers.

4 comments: said...

Love the poem, one I had not read before.

cURioSItaELlyA said...

Hi Linda,
I love poem and I love writing in English the problem is I am Indonesian and English is not my first language. As you can see in my blog I am struggling expressing my feeling and sentences. What is the best and quickest way to write properly in English ? Thank you so much ! Ellya

Shah said...

its lovely poem...thanks for sharing with us :)

Britney Gulbrandsen said...

I hadn't read that poem before. I love it!