Your Inner Life

My Inner Life by Robert William Service

‘Tis true my garments threadbare are,
And sorry poor I seem;
But inly I am richer far
Than any poet’s dream.
For I’ve a hidden life no one
Can ever hope to see;
A sacred sanctuary none
May share with me.

Aloof I stand from out the strife,
Within my heart a song;
By virtue of my inner life
I to myself belong.
Against man-ruling I rebel,
Yet do not fear defeat,
For to my secret citadel
I may retreat.

Oh you who have an inner life
Beyond this dismal day
With wars and evil rumours rife,
Go blessedly your way.
Your refuge hold inviolate;
Unto yourself be true,
And shield serene from sordid fate
The Real You.

I am impressed this morning with a deep sense of the sacredness of life. Each one born on this fertile planet has an opportunity to allow the blessings of his sacred inner life to be magnified in the world around him. Just as no two people are born with the same configuration of opportunity, no two people are born with identical inner lives. The “Real You” is a one-of-a-kind original.

Let others inspire you, but do not fall prey to idolatry of any person, place or thing. Appreciate the fascinating lives of others, but do not fall victim to jealousy, envy or greed. Be alert to that which is dangerous – the “wars and evil rumours” – but do not succumb to fear or retreat in cowardice.

No matter how difficult life may be, no matter how crushing the pressure of circumstance, be sure to maintain inviolate your inner refuge. Allow yourself to be of good cheer (even if it is only deep within) for in so doing you avail yourself of an inexhaustible inner resource that no man, no change, no disease and no decay can corrupt.

10 thoughts on “Your Inner Life

  1. Joshua

    I too, share in a deepened sense of the sacredness of this life. What a tremendous blessing it has been thus far, eagerly rush to meet your kind words of wisdom with an open, yeilded, inviting heart.
    Appreciate you deeply,
    Thanks for everything!!!!!


  2. Lady Leo

    Poetry has can be the link between us and a world that’s still available yet has remained unexperienced by the majority.
    The succor, sanctity and refuge this inner place provides makes me know we were created by the most merciful of designers.
    Thanks for reminding me.


  3. Colin

    You are the only one that can violate your inner sanctuary. I think if people had any idea of the potential for power the inner sanctuary offered, everyone would do it. I think the main reason people don’t is that they must begin controlling the circumstance, and not the other way around. In this instance, the wrong path is a well worn rut, and it takes deliberate effort to stop allowing the pressures of the moment to penetrate and damage that inner sanctuary. Just remember this: if damaging things are in there, you let them in.


  4. DeeDee Miller

    Thanks Gregg, no matter how troubling the times may seem it is reassuring to have this place of sanctuary available. Great poem!


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