The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
The world offers itself to your imagination,
Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
Over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.
What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places?
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Edna St. Vincent Millay American Poet
- Gertrude Stein American Writer
- Robert Penn Warren American Novelist, Poet
- Theodore Roethke American Poet
- Natalie Clifford Barney American Playwright
- Kimberly Johnson American Poet
- W. H. Auden British-born American Poet
- Walt Whitman American Poet
- Dorothy Parker American Humorist, Journalist
- Robert Frost American Poet