As I read the poem A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, two words came to mind: simple and beautiful. And if that don’t describe my life in the country, than I don’t know what does. Well, that’s not true. I know lots of other words that describe this life. Another post, another day.
From the grave
I hear Longfellow saying don’t give up. Our good labor is not in vain. To not get caught up in the past or the future; but to concentrate on today. To choose character over conformity, faith over doubt, and living over breathing.
Reigning between the years of 1798-1824, romantic poets like Longfellow were said to have awakened the soul of even the common man.
People began thinking, welcoming their individual perspectives on life.
As Longfellow wrote:
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
As a rancher’s wife, I can easily identify with these lines.
I encourage you to take the time to read the short poem for yourself. You may take something entirely different from it.