Sunshine After Cloud

Josephine D. Heard

Come, “Will,” let’s be good friends again,
Our wrongs let’s be forgetting,
For words bring only useless pain,
So wherefore then be fretting.

Let’s lay aside imagined wrongs, 
    And ne’er give way to grieving,
Life should be filled with joyous songs, 
    No time left for deceiving. 

I’ll try and not give way to wrath,
Nor be so often crying;
There must some thorns be in our path,
Let’s move them now by trying.

How, like a foolish pair were we,
To fume about a letter;
Time is so precious, you and me;
Must spend ours doing better.

12 Replies to “Sunshine After Cloud”

  1. It is always so good to see your smiling face in front of the beautiful seawall scene. I am so glad the sun came out, for a moment at least, while you read this lovely poem. I liked the part in the poem about removing the thorns in our path, I guess that is a part of our duties! Thank you for posting some beautiful photos of the city and the skyline. I await your next poem recitation! !

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    1. Thank you for joining me on the Seawall, Frances. It was a lovely evening – perfect for reciting poetry. Josephine D Heard was the daughter of two enslaved parents, Lafayette and Annie Henderson in Salisbury, North Carolina. She became a teacher and married William Henry Heard, a minister, and traveled with him to various cities – teaching as well as supporting his work.. Her husband wrote of her “She is scholarly and poetic, and her use of the English language, as well as the criticism of my sermons, have done much in making me the preacher they say I am.”

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    1. Josephine was new to me, too, Cindy. There are so many marvelous poets that I am finding in public domain. It is looking for treasure!

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    1. I had never heard of this poet before, either, Liz. I have enjoyed exploring how poetry in a previous generation discuss societal and personal issues of loneliness, anger, joy, community etc. They used a more gentle tone in their wording, but their messages had the strength to challenge and inspire.

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      1. No matter how much things change, they always stay the same, eh? I like how William Faulkner put it in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech: “the old verities and truths of the heart.” Have you read that speech? It’s the one that gives me goosebumps!

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      2. “Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit…”

        Thank you!! Thank you !!! Thank you, for this speech. You are the best!

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