She walks in beauty : a woman’s journey through poems / selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy.

She Walks in Beauty    Review by Lisa

Title:  She walks in beauty : a woman’s journey through poems

Author:  selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy

Collection:  Adult Non Fiction

Caroline Kennedy was on David Letterman last week to promote this new collection of poetry.   Ms. Kennedy explains in her introduction about the gift of poetry:

“This book began around the time I turned fifty.  Like my friends who had been there before me, I dreaded it for months, and was relieved when it was over and life seemed much the same as before.  One of the nicest things that happened was that three friends sent me poems to mark the occasion.  One poem was about love, one helped me cope with loss, and the third spoke to ways of being.  I kept them and passed them on to others when the time seemed right.  To me, that’s the gift of poetry–it shapes an endless conversation about the most important things in life.”

Some of my favorite poems, including the title poem by Lord Byron, are included in this collection including  Sonnet XLIII:  How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  However, this is the kind of book that you can pick up again and again, put down, pick up again, turn to a random page and enjoy! Here is a random selection that can motivate us for the day:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown


2 Responses to She walks in beauty : a woman’s journey through poems / selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy.

  1. Regina says:

    Love the poem – how fitting for me today….

  2. Pingback: I Care – poem for internet friends « Variegated Vision

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