The Common Road

Poems about Life

The Common Road
Poet Silas H. Perkins

I want to travel the common road
With the great crowd surging by,
Where there's many a laugh and many a load,
And many a smile and sigh.

I want to be on the common way
With its endless tramping feet,
In the summer bright and winter gray,
In the noonday sun and heat.

In the cool of evening with shadows nigh,
At dawn, when the sun breaks clear,
I want the great crowd passing by,
To ken what they see and hear.

I want to be one of the common herd,
Not live in a sheltered way,
Want to be thrilled, want to be stirred
By the great crowd day by day;

To glimpse the restful valleys deep,
To toil up the rugged hill,
To see the brooks which shyly creep,
To have the torrents thrill.

I want to laugh with the common man
Wherever he chance to be,
I want to aid him when I can
Whenever there's need of me.

I want to lend a helping hand
Over the rough and steep
To a child too young to understand-
To comfort those who weep.

I want to live and work and plan
With the great crowd surging by,
To mingle with the common man,
No better or worse than I.

Quotes about Life

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. Kin Hubbard

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. Horace Mann

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.
Mark Twain

Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have. Doris Mortman

The secret of inner peace is contentement; consciously holding happy thoughts. J. Donald Walters, Secrets of Inner Peace

Contentment does not mean that we never want to see change or improvement, but it does mean that we will do the best we can with what we have. It also means that we will maintain attitude that allows us to enjoy the gift of life. Joyce Meyer, eat the cookie. . .buy the shoes

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