Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Fork in Road by Henryk T. Kaiser
Fork in Road

How easy it is to live with You, Oh Lord.
How easy to believe in You.
When my spirit is overwhelmed within me,
When even the keenest see no further than the night,
And know not what to do tomorrow,
You bestow on me the certitude
That You exist and are mindful of me,
That all the paths of righteousness are not barred.

As I ascend into the hill of earthly glory,
I turn back and gaze, astonished, on the road
That led me here beyond despair,
'Where I too may reflect your radiance upon mankind.

All that I may reflect, You shall accord me,
And appoint others where I shall fail.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Born in 1918, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn received his training in science. Drafted into the Soviet Red Army in 1941, he was arrested and sent to prison in Siberia in 1945 for criticizing Stalin in a letter to a friend. He became internationally known in 1962 for his novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
In 1970, he won the Nobel Prize for literature, but the Soviet government refused to allow him to accept it. Forced into exile four years later, he lived in seclusion in the United States. The collapse of the Soviet Union eventually made it possible for him to return to Russia in 1994.

Blessings, Mimi

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Hailey's Beats and Bits said...

hi mimi. i read one of his work: one day in the life of ivan denisovitch. how have you been? i miss you.happy new year.

cnelson440 said...

Hi Hailey,
I missed blogging yesterday because my internet connection is out of order... and I was not able to even get on line yesterday...
it will be friday before they can come and fix it... so I will have to be using the computer at work.. which

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Mimi,
"THANK YOU" for sharing this with us. I've never heard of this person before myself. I loved reading a little history about him as well. Hope things are going good for you in this New Year so far. It is bitterly cold here in the South today. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.

Mary Isabella said...

Hello Mimi Hoping that 208 is going well for you. Mary

Revee said...

Very good piece of work and I really enjoyed reading a bit about the author!

Patty said...

wonderful post, thanks for sharing that poem, one that makes you think

Beka said...

Beautiful thoughts, Mimi.

You bestow upon me the certitude
That You exist and are mindful of me,
That all the paths of righteousness are not barred.