POEMS: “Preaching vs. Practice” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Preaching vs. Practice

IT is easy to sit in the sunshine
And talk to the man in the shade;
It is easy to float in a well-trimmed boat,
And point out the places to wade.

But once we pass into the shadows,
We murmur and fret and frown,
And, our length from the bank, we shout for a plank,
Or throw up our hands and go down.

It is easy to sit in your carriage,
And counsel the man on foot,
But get down and walk, and you’ll change your talk,
As you feel the peg in your boot.

It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack,
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back.

The up-curled mouth of pleasure,
Can prate of sorrow’s worth,
But give it a sip, and a wryer lip,
Was never made on earth.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Custer and other poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
W. B. Conkey Company Chicago, Ill. (1896)

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Very great poem of Ella – words and deeds have to be the same, if they differ they drift apart in theory and practice, in appearance and reality.
    Thanks for sharing, my dear friend Amira 🙂
    Have a wonderful start in this new week 🙂
    Hugs and love

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    1. Thank you so much dear Didi, so true! Glad you enjoyed the poem by our poet Ella!:) Hug and love back dear friend! ❤

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      1. Sure, her writings are deep and meaningful 🙂
        Love and light

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  2. True words of inspiration on Preaching and Practice by Ella.

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    1. Thank you dear Kamal! 🙂 ❤


  3. PK says:

    So true! Lovely poem!
    Lesson to be learned: Before you speak put yourself in other person’s shoes.
    Easy to preach than to practice!
    Thank you!

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    1. For sure, much easier to preach than to practice LOL! Glad you enjoyed it P.K. 🙂


  4. LindaP says:

    Words of truth!

    Liked by 1 person

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