I Shall Not Live In Vain

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

This has always been my favorite poem.  I read it in high school and have loved Emily Dickinson since.

It is a very simple message, if you do one good thing for someone your life has meaning.  You don’t have to be a war hero, find a cure for cancer or be elected president.  You just have to be a good decent person.

We should never be quick to judge someone or to idolize them.  Every life has value.

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One thought on “I Shall Not Live In Vain

  1. Pingback: “I had no time to hate, because” by Emily Dickinson (December 10th, 1830 – May 15th, 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts) | GoodPoetry

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