Today

By Thomas Carlyle

So here hath been dawning

Another blue Day:

Think wilt thou let it

Slip useless away.


Out of Eternity

This new Day is born;

Into Eternity,

At night, will return.


Behold it aforetime

No eye ever did:

So soon it forever

From all eyes is hid.


Here hath been dawning

Another blue Day:

Think wilt thou let it

Slip useless away

Main idea

In this poem, Thomas Carlyle is speaking on the nature of humanity. In his lines 5-8, he explains that a new day is given to you that is not promised, but once it's gone, it's gone forever. Us as individuals usually are so caught up in many different things daily that we hardly ever take the time to actually savor and appreciate the moments throughout the day. We never really realize how fast time flies, and how quickly things change. Time is something precious but is often taken for granted.

Why I chose this poem

I chose this poem because it not only relates to me, but many others as well. Throughout the day, I find myself planning my daily activities. Whether it ranges from going to school then to work, or simply going home and napping...I always feel like I need to have a plan. I don't remember the last time I really took a breath and sat back to let the day take its course, appreciating the little things that occur in between my plans.

"All we are" by Matt Nathanson


I tasted, tasted love so sweet

And all of it was lost on me

Bought and sold like property

Sugar on my tongue


I kept falling over

I kept looking backward

I went broke believing

That the simple should be hard


All we are we are

All we are we are

And every day is a start of something beautiful


I wasted, wasted love for you

Trading out for something new

Well, it's hard to change the way you lose

If you think you've never won


'Cause all we are we are

All we are we are

And every day is a start of something beautiful


And in the end the words won't matter

'Cause in the end nothing stays the same

And in the end dreams just scatter and fall like rain


'Cause all we are we are

All we are we are

And every day is a start of something beautiful, something real


All we are we are

All we are we are

And every day is a start of something beautiful, beautiful

How it connects

The song explains how the artist is troubled because he lost something he never savored when he had it. He describes in his lyrics that he kept looking back into his past and making simple things harder than they really were and eventually realized that everything we are should be accepted instead of regretted. The mistakes of yesterday shouldn't carry on through the next day, because it's a new day to create beautiful memories. This connects to how the poem describes how we can lose moments through uselessly wasting our time, and we should instead savor it before it's gone forever.
You are limitless

The little things

So as the stars fade and the sun sets

From believing we're living our life without regrets..

Do we truly value our surroundings as much as we should?

Would we rewind a once treasured moment if we could?

Do we overreact to unplanned catastrophes?

Must we believe perfection is what life has to be?

How strange it is that we only wish to value something only when it is no longer here. What irony it is to push love away out of fear.

As we live by the belief that there's a reason to unexpected fatalities

And as we slowly understand the nature of life's tragedies..

We must remember appreciating the little things is what matters the most.

So to the hardships and struggles; a toast!