Think Not How Far

muir_woods_walkersToday’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Harold Macdonald.

Think Not How Far

Think not how far we have to go,
how far we’ve come; it saps the strength,
melts the will. It’s better not to know
the breadth and height and length
of all that’s still ahead.
Who wants to learn one’s end?
What will be, what would have been – weigh like lead.
Past offenses change not, cannot mend.
Better to proceed by little steps
within your range; no sweat, regret, no strain;
blanking out dramatic heights and depths
the thought of chasms, rough terrain.
        Time then to see God’s downward bending
        to share the journey and the ending.

Source: “Think Not How Far” from Poems from the Eighth Decade, by Harold
Macdonald. 2004.

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