Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
Another of Edna’s poems to ponder and share. Though, honestly, there’s not much to ponder here.
To quote a lesser-known poet, ‘brevity is the soul of wit’. (I jest. I actually do know Shakespeare penned that. But we’re getting away from the subject at hand. Which is to say, this poem is brief and witty.)
And it is here today because, yet again, Edna’s words have moved me and I want to share them.
How easy to find stability on solid rock. And yet, what else will you find there? True beauty lies in dreams and desires. These are often found perched on less-than-solid ground. Is instability a part of being creative? Of following dreams? I don’t know.
But if it is, I’m letting my feet sink into the sand where my shining palace stands.
It could collapse.
That beautiful place I’ve worked to build.
I could lose everything.
Or it could remain.
I could gain everything.
Best not to dwell too much but, instead, look upon the ugly houses I don’t want.
Then, I daresay, I will be willing to live surrounded by the glimmer of my dreams or sink with my shining palace.
My Sunday thoughts in 200 words or less.
Can we indulge in our creativity and follow our dreams while still keeping our feet on solid ground? When it comes to your dreams, are you willing to live with uncertainty?