Mourning Dove

“I hold it true that thoughts are things 
Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings, 
And that we send them forth to fill 
The world with good results - or ill. 

 That which we call our secret thought 
Speeds to the earth's remotest spot, 
And leaves its blessings or its woes 
Like tracks behind it as it goes. 

 It is God's law. Remember it 
In your still chamber as you sit 
With thoughts you would not dare have known, 
And yet made comrades when alone. 

 These thoughts have life; and they will fly 
And leave their impress by-and-by, 
Like some marsh breeze, whose poisoned breath 
Breathes into homes its fevered breath. 

 And after you have quite forgot 
Or all outgrown some vanished thought, 
Back to your mind to make its home, 
A dove or raven, it will come. 

 Then let your secret thoughts be fair; 
They have a vital part and share 
In shaping worlds and moulding fate -- 
God's system is so intricate.” 
 ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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