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July 26, 2011

YOUR MISSION by Ellen M. H. Gates

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Written by: Nydia O
Lupe visiting the  Copper Canyon





NOTE: This poem was posted by Chachalaca. Photo of Lupe Gonzales – Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico.






If you cannot on the ocean

Sail among the swiftest fleet,

Rocking on the highest billows,

Laughing at the storms you meet,


You can stand among the sailors,

Anchored yet within the bay;

You can lend a hand to help them,

As they launch their boats away.


If you are too weak to journey

Up the mountain, steep and high,

You can stand within the valley,

While the multitude go by.

You can chant in happy measure,

As they slowly pass along;

Though they may forget the singer,

They will not forget the song.


If you have not gold and silver

Ever ready to command,

If you cannot toward the needy

Reach an ever-open hand,

You can visit the afflicted,

O’er the erring you can weep;

You can be a true disciple,

Sitting at the Savior’s feet.


If you cannot in the conflict

Prove yourself a soldier true,

If where the fire and smoke are thickest

There’s no work for you to do,

When the battle field is silent,

You can go with a careful tread;

You can bear away the wounded,

You can cover up the dead.


Do not then stand idly waiting

For some greater work to do,

Fortune is a lazy goddess,

She will never come to you.

Go and toil in any vineyard,

Do not fear to do or dare;

If you want a field of labor,

You can find it anywhere.



Photo of Lupe Gonzales in the mountains of Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico

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About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .

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