Desiderata Narrated Poem


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

22 thoughts on “Desiderata Narrated Poem

  1. this is one of the best interpretations i've seen, thank-you. i sent it to a young friend who only has a print version.

  2. Thank you.
    The Beatles addressed a youthful audience. Later John Lennon addressed a post-adolescent audience. He had a poetic vision and message. His song lyrics are social commentary that can lead to introspection. The channel videos with his music are explicit graphical interpretations that are designed to lead to meditation.

  3. Thank you for your comment.
    Videos of songs by John Lennon have been added to the channel and more are planned. He had a poetic vision and message. His song lyrics are social commentary that can lead to introspection. The channel videos with his songs are explicit graphical interpretations that are intended to lead to meditation. He addressed a post-adolescent audience. Some of these videos contain an advisory notice at the beginning, but all of them may be shocking to a youthful audience.

  4. another unfortunate thing about american society is that poetry must fit our conception of how it is to be read aloud and who must be reading it… no words written or spoken are the same as their conception, no poets have ever shared the same voice and no mouth is unfit to speak words profound and meaningful to them. it's not the most soothing voice in the world, but it is powerful just the same.

  5. . . . this was written in 1692. . . and plagiarised by Max Ehrmann. . . and this is the most appalling vocalisation ever!

  6. That chime nearly did me in; it complete unsettled me. How can I go placidly among the noise with this outrageous assault on the senses? You are not speaking your truth quietly!!!

  7. the zill was not harmonious.. the most beautiful poem read in many accents in many languages and personal interpretation is a good thing.
    this particular version although read sincerely, was ruined by the chimes….

  8. 1:18 the dull and ignorant may have their story, but why would I want to listen to it?

  9. Thanks for reading it to me. 🙂 I have always wanted it recorded for me by my husband

  10. Thanks for this exquisite version of the most amazing poem ever written. I was looking for it for many years.The world we live in today needs this poem to brings peace to the soul. Bless you.

  11. This beautiful piece of prose has been central to my Ordination, and has become no less important than the Bible.

  12. I was getting ready to meditate, but then I couldn't because I was picturing Forest Gump guiding me.

  13. Was going to send this to a friend who is feeling scaredand frightened….whoever thought it a good idea to scare the shit out of me with that loud and aggressive bell chime thing should go and f**k themselves…wa*ker…And you ain;t Richard Burton I was expecting…

  14. That hotel check-in bell did nothing to relax me at the start. Nor did the narration I am sorry to say. There is a better one somewhere on YouTube if I can find it.

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