As You Go Through Life Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As You Go Through Life Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As You Go Through Life Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is an inspirational poem. It was published in Poems of Cheer (1910) by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Don’t look for the flaws as you go through life;
And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind
And look for the virtue behind them.
For the cloudiest night has a hint of light
Somewhere in its shadows hiding;
It is better by far to hunt for a star,
Than the spots on the sun abiding.

The current of life runs ever away
To the bosom of God’s great ocean.
Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
And think to alter its motion.
Don’t waste a curse on the universe –
Remember it lived before you.
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form,
But bend and let it go o’er you.

The world will never adjust itself
To suit your whims to the letter.
Some things must go wrong your whole life long,
And the sooner you know it the better.
It is folly to fight with the Infinite,
And go under at last in the wrestle;
The wiser man shapes into God’s plan
As water shapes into a vessel.

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    1. I think you may have helped me to find my new favorite poem. I love the last line ” The wiser man shapes into God’s plan, As water shapes into a vessel.” The imagery of the last sentence is amazing. You should look into a poet by the name of RUMI. His insights are spot on and similar.

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      1. I have already shared Rumi’s work on this blog 🙂
        I love Rumi’s poems 🙂

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  2. “Don’t set your force ‘gainst the river’s course
    And think to alter its motion.”

    I really liked this line.
    Very potent and well written.

    JC Axe

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  3. Excellent! It says beautifully the concept of “Be Water”. I really like the part in the beginning about not looking for flaws and trying to see past them when you do. Thanks for the share!

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  4. This should be taught to all young ones as they begin their journeys out into the world. Surrender and don’t try to control so much. Life unfolds exactly as it should for thee and me.

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  5. Hey I’m interested in your poetry contest but the link doesn’t work. Did I miss my opportunity to enter?

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