Hello! My recent posts have been about finding our Purpose, and having that be the basis for our work, leadership and careers. As a member of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, we are singing this poem by Robert Frost put to beautiful music by Randall Thompson in the collection of Robert Frost poems: “Frostiana.” You may have sung it as some point too. Each time we sing it, I am reminded how important it is to find grounding and inspiration to help us keep going in our vision and purpose. Here it is – I hope you are as inspired as I am! (You can also listen to it on YouTube and see an amazing slideshow at https://youtu.be/LNDrMifZqLU:. Enjoy!
Choose Something Like a Star
by Robert Frost
O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud—
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.
Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says, ‘I burn.’
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.
It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.
And steadfast as Keats’ Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.