Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"A cup of cold water only." Matt. 10:42

photo by peter bowers

"I know it takes a long time to read, but it's worth it in my opinion. Tell me your thoughts.

It isn't the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you the bitter heartache
At the setting of the sun;
The tender word unspoken,
The letter you did not write,
The flower you might have sent, dear,
Are your haunting ghosts at night.

The stone you might have lifted
Out of your brother's way,
The bit of heartsome counsel
You were hurried too much to say;
The loving touch of the hand, dear
The gentle and winsome tone,
That you had no time or thought for,
With troubles enough of your own.

These little acts of kindness,
So easily out of mind,
These chances to be angels
Which even mortals find-
They come in night and silence,
Each chill reproachful wraith,
When hope is faint and flagging,
And a blight has dropped on faith.

For life is all too short, dear.
And sorrow is all too great,
To suffer our slow compassion
That tarries until too late.
And it's not the thing you do, dear.
It's the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you the bitter heartache,
At the setting of the sun."
Adelaide Proctor
Streams In The Dessert


Leah said...

Great and sobering poem. Thanks for sharing. Your blog has quickly become one of my favorites!

Tonja said...

Beautiful and thought provoking words! Thanks for sharing this

Kristen said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this, Andi!

Christy said...

I love this poem. I think it is a reminder to make the most of every opportunity.

Anonymous said...

I actually just read this particular poem and find that it is listed for July 30th, rather than the 29th...
I find it absolutely enchanting regardless and have been doing research to find more information concerning Ms. Proctor.

I have yet to find the title of this particular poem, and am continuing to seek that out.

Beautiful site:)