“I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great…”

“I think continually of those who were truly great.”


I do.

I am now

and I will not stop.

Peace, Jen

The Truly Great


I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns,
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit, clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.
What is precious, is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog, the flowering of the spirit.
Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields,
See how these names are fêted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

Stephen Spender, “The Truly Great” from Collected Poems 1928-1953. Copyright © 1955 by Stephen Spender. Reprinted by permission of Ed Victor Ltd.

Source: Collected Poems 1928-1953 (Random House Inc., 1955)

~ by Step On a Crack on February 18, 2012.

5 Responses to ““I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great…””

  1. Thanks for being one of the truly greats, Jen!


    • Al,

      I wish…
      and thank you.
      so many who have gone before us really had the Juice, the fire that only can come from Bus # 59 at birth. I really believe that.

      Rare breed…. very Rare Breed.

      XO Jen


  2. Jen, I nominated you for the 7 x 7 Link Award, and am excited to see which posts you’ll be sharing as your top ones! Congratulations, as it is much deserved!! 🙂


    • THANK YOU very very much! I am very touched by this and today is just the day for news like this!
      You just made my day and this day needed that.

      Thank you, I will take my time in choosing my posts and look forward to reading yours my Friend!

      Peace, Jen


      • No problem Jen! You really do deserve it, and just know that regardless of the negatives that may be occurring in life, all is and will be well 🙂


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