The Latin phrase carpe diem originated in the "Odes," a long series of poems composed by the Roman poet Horace in 65 B.C.E., in which he writes:
The Horace excerpt got me to thinking, searching, as did this past glorious week of light breezes, 70's temps., and plenty of sunshine:Scale back your long hopes
to a short period. While wespeak, time is envious and
is running away from us.Seize the day, trustinglittle in the future.*
Poetry provides a vehicle for the present moment perhaps better than any other verbal container. What's your favorite poem that celebrates the here and now, either directly or by serving up imagery that keeps us right smack dab in the moment? Add it into our comments or pop it in a post and link up here. Be sure to note this post in your own too so that others can find our hop.
Here's one of my favorites on this theme... And you don't have to believe in a supreme being to sense the speaker's delight in the present moment...
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of all nothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
- e.e. cummings
* With gratitude, as usual, to poets.org for a thoughtful discussion of this topic.