Desiderata is among my all-time favorite poems. In Latin the word means desired things.
I’ve never been much “into” poetry, at least not since One is the loneliest number back in 1970 in a high school English class. The only reason I remember it at all is because of the cute girl reading it aloud in class. It’s all a little too ethereal for me. (Poetry, not the girl!) I’m more a steak and potatoes kind of a guy.
There’s some interesting history surrounding the origins of the poem and it’s copyright. American Lawyer Max Ehrman wrote it way back in 1927. It was largely unknown during his lifetime. Then Les Crane’s spoken-word, Billboard hit version of it came out in 1971 and brought world-wide acclaim. It won a Grammy for the former television talk-show host and was among one of the most inspirational poems of our modern-day. I’ve liked it ever since. Continue reading