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Poems About the Future

Table of Contents

  1. This was in the white of the year by Emily Dickinson
  2. Old and New by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  3. To-Day by Nixon Waterman


Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
The structure of thy future.

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Resolve

  1. This was in the white of the year

    by Emily Dickinson

    This was in the white of the year,
    That was in the green,
    Drifts were as difficult then to think
    As daisies now to be seen.

    Looking back is best that is left,
    Or if it be before,
    Retrospection is prospect's half,
    Sometimes almost more.

  2. Old and New

    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Long have the poets vaunted, in their lays,
    Old times, old loves, old friendship, and old wine.
    Why should the old monopolize all praise?
    Then let the new claim mine.

    Give me strong new friends, when the old prove weak,
    Or fail me in my darkest hour of need;
    Why perish with the ship that springs a leak,
    Or lean upon a reed?

    Give me new love, warm, palpitating, sweet,
    When all the grace and beauty leave the old;
    When like a rose it withers at my feet,
    Or like a hearth grows cold.

    Give me new times, bright with a prosperous cheer,
    In place of old, tear-blotted, burdened days;
    I hold a sunlit present far more dear,
    And worthy of my praise.

    When the old deeds are threadbare, and worn through,
    And all too narrow for the broadening soul,
    Give me the fine, firm texture of the new,
    Fair, beautiful and whole!

  3. To-Day

    by Nixon Waterman

    We shall do so much in the years to come
    But what have we done to-day?
    We shall give our gold in a princely sum,
    But what did we give to-day?
    We shall lift the heart and dry the tear,
    We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,
    We shall speak with words of love and cheer,
    But what have we done to-day?

    We shall be so kind in the after while,
    But what have we been to-day?
    We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,
    But what have we brought to-day?
    We shall give to truth a grander birth.
    And to steadfast faith a deeper worth,
    We shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
    But whom have we fed to-day?