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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Robert Frost

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

— Robert Frost
American Poet
1874 - 1963

In the fall of  1967, I was a freshman in college and felt the world about to come to an end.  The Vietnam War raged on and on.  Riots were occurring in the streets of big cities.  The world was burning and I was convinced that it would all be over in five years.  But like Frost, I have learned that life does go on.  

Some people today feel the world is about to end.  We face economic upheaval and poverty, political corruption and stalemate, as well as religious hatred and global warming.  Will the world still be here in five years?  I have learned that life goes on.  Or in the words of another cliche: This too shall pass.

Don't despair because your writing was rejected by yet another publisher or an art gallery refused to carry your work.  Life goes on.  This too shall pass.

When Robert Frost was 86, he was asked to read a poem at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. He was the first poet to read at a presidential inauguration.  In January of 1963 he died from complications from prostate surgery.  In November 1963, Kennedy was assassinated.  Some thought it was the end of the world, but life goes on.

Here is Robert Frost performing The Gift Outright at Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.  He recited the poem from memory.

(Quote Source:  Goodreads.com)