I re-learned an interesting truth tonight -
The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In choosing poems to read aloud at the Student Reading which will conclude the spring session of writing classes, my classmates did not select any of the ones that were most personal to me, but rather those that spoke in praise of others (eg. my mother, my son). These were their favorites. And not the ones I enjoyed the most either. Yes, I love the subject matter and so they were warm and full of praise. Most of my others were more like poetry therapy - not as universal. Goes to prove:
Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox