One of the best things we ever did in our family growing up was to memorize poems that had a good message. Those little dittys still play over and over in my head. Then in high school, my basketball coaches built on this foundation and constantly shared with us inspiring words and poems from significant people of the past. Here is one that as a 16 year old kid really got me thinking. It was supposedly a favorite of the great UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden.
“At Day’s End”
By John Hall
Is anybody happier because
you passed his way?
Does anyone remember
that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over,
and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter
now a kindly word of you?
Can you say tonight, in parting
with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother
of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing
over what you did or said?
Does the man whose hopes were fading,
now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it?
Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness,
or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber,
do you think that God might say,
“You have earned one more tomorrow
by the work you did today”?
January 12, 2019 at 11:10 pm
I love poetry. And the old, lost art of memorizing. Even as my mother went further into dementia, she could recite stanza after stanza of poetry she had memorized as a young girl. And this poem has such an inspiring and powerful message. God bless you.
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January 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm
Thank you Bob for more wonderful words. Looking forward to the next edition.
January 10, 2019 at 11:38 am
Wow. That is a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing. John Wooden is a favorite of my husband’s.
January 10, 2019 at 11:12 am
+ Dear Bob— Peace be with you. Thank you for this.i ‘m glad to receive your emails. May you continue to recover your health. I hope to be at Preca Cottage later in the year and would love to have a chance to hear how you are faring and how the rest of your family is doing. I definitely agree: we need much more poetry in our daily lives. St. John of the Ccross said: “at the end of the day we will be judged on our love.” God bless you. Ruth Lasseter
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