“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick – or – “Gather ye’ rosebuds”

Even in poetry, do I find inspiration. Case in point: the poem, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, was a 17th century work by English poet Robert Herrick which has had the power to gently urge me to write now, before my own words fade. From this poem we understand Herrick’s belief that life is very short, that the world is beautiful and love is splendid. Above all else, we must use the very short time that we are here to make the most of that life, leaving negative tendencies by the wayside and not to rely on fate to dictate the terms of life to us.

The older I get, the more I feel the same. Negativity has been banished from my vocabulary, for the most part, as has the word ‘can’t’. Even though I must live in this world with eyes wide open, seeing the harshness of reality, fortunately I’m able to dream…and write. I can think of no better inspirational quote than that by Tom Schulman, the screenwriter: “But only in their dreams can men be truly free. ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.”


    ~ To the Virgins, Make Much of Time ~

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And, while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.

Writing is my way of ‘gathering rosebuds’, I suppose, even if the tendency is to go cautiously – so cautiously, sometimes, that I cease to make the effort. I may not be the virginal maiden to whom he speaks, but Herrick’s poem is certainly an inspiration for me to make much more of my time.


“Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!” (RE: Robin Williams – Dead Poet Society)

Carpe diem!

…………………Carpe diem!………………….

“Carpe diem – Seize the day! Gather ye rosebuds while ye may; strive to find your own voice…Seize the day!”

Robin Williams was an amazing entertainer. I have loved all of his movies – I was even crazy about him in his silliest television role as Mork from Ork (“Mork & Mindy”)! But I really have no favourite movie when it comes to this gifted man. I love them all equally, and each for a different reason.

However, it naturally stands to reason that, at this tiny point in my life, one movie is going to stand out, and that is Dead Poet Societywhere Robin Williams portrays a college English Lit professor…one of that rare breed of educators who makes a deep impression – and makes a definable difference in the lives of the young people he teaches.

I don’t have the movie anymore; I suppose it got lost during a household move at some juncture. I’ve not read the book, but I will. It’s on my bucket list. What I do have is access to Melody Sheep’s channel on YouTube – and this video remix. The dialogue that was chosen for transformation into music – –  well, it speaks loudly to the writer in me.

I challenge everyone who loves to read, and loves to write to watch this 2 1/2 minute video, Seize the Day!” by Melody Sheep and featuring the late, phenomenal Robin Williams.

Carpe diem…and:

“Nannu nannu” 😂