Poetry Night


Deanna Mitchell

Poetry Night                                                  March 31, 2014

A dear friend of mine invited me to her home for what she called a “Poetry Night”… What’s this you might ask? Well, for her it was a school assignment to plan a “culture event” for a class called The New Theology and Culture. Everyone was to bring their favorite poem to share after enjoying community, meal and conversation. What an awesome opportunity to share with one another something that truly makes or made a difference in your life! Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the gathering but I forwarded my friend one of my favorite poems of all-time … which I will share now …
Do you love someone? Joan Walsh Anglund

The universe is wide and wonderful and filled with many stars.
The world is rich and varied and filled with many people.
And among its hundreds of towns, and thousands of homes, and millions of people, each of us is only “one “…
One small person in a world of millions of other people, in a universe of billions of other worlds.
Knowing this, sometimes we feel very small. Sometimes we feel lonely and lost, as though nothing we do can ever truly matter.
Each of us wants to be needed, each of us wants to be remembered.
Each of us wants to be important in his own special way.
There are many different ways to be important in this world.
Some people become doctors and heal the sick.
Some become farmers and feed the hungry.
And some become teachers and share wisdom and knowledge.
But you can be a shepherd, or a shoemaker, or a baker, or a barber, or a captain, or a carpenter, or a king!
And whatever you are, there is still one thing that matters most.
Do you love someone… and does someone love you?
For the heart is its own world, and in that world you are important!
And that’s what really matters, isn’t it?

This poem was given to me in a little box set called A Gift of Love in 1983 at a baby shower for my first-born … oh, what a sweet, precious time in my life! I treasure this little set of books now more than ever, and am grateful to have received the invitation to re-visit this simple and yet, profound poem of Joan Walsh Anglund. Thank you dear friends of … yesterday, today, and tomorrow … for giving me this gift that matters most! I am eternally grateful for your love and friendship!

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