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(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

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A Grain Of Sand

If starry space no limit knows
And sun succeeds to sun,
There is no reason to suppose
Our earth the only one.
'Mid countless constellations cast
A million worlds may be,
With each a God to bless or blast
And steer to destiny.

Just think! A million gods or so
To guide each vital stream,
With over all to boss the show
A Deity supreme.
Such magnitudes oppress my mind;
From cosmic space it swings;
So ultimately glad to find
Relief in little things.

For look! Within my hollow hand,
While round the earth careens,
I hold a single grain of sand
And wonder what it means.
Ah! If I had the eyes to see,
And brain to understand,
I think Life's mystery might be
Solved in this grain of sand.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Richard Thripp (3/23/2014 4:09:00 PM)


    2 person liked.
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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (3/23/2014 2:37:00 PM)

    A grand philosophy. I don't usually promote my own poetry in this area, but this poem is remarkably like something I wrote long before I became aware of A Grain of Sand,
    Posted as

    The Predjudicial Planet.
    Check it out. I don't know whether it stands up to Service though. His poems have had more time to mature.

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/28/2013 10:54:00 AM)

    You are truly blessed among men
    To find such mystery in a grain of sand
    And to unravels secrets of the universe
    Today we are planning space ships grand
    When all that is to be known or worth knowing
    Is down here a grain of sand in the palm of our hand

  • Taylor Taylor (5/17/2013 8:56:00 PM)

    My new favorite poem! !

  • Stephen W (3/23/2013 1:39:00 PM)

    I think some of those who have criticised this poem on here are taking it a bit too literally.
    People should also bear in mind when it was written, a time when the popular consciousness was not really as au fait with the idea of many inhabited worlds as it is now.
    Obviously he used 'careen' to get a rhyme. In any case, I don't see why the Earth can't be considered to be 'rushing headlong'. It's certainly going fast enough.

  • Jenna Sabia (3/23/2012 1:34:00 PM)

    thats really good i like it alot!

  • Carlos Echeverria (3/23/2012 10:47:00 AM)

    while round the earth careens alludes to Earth circling the sun, rotating on its axis-didn't we learn that in grade school science?
    Service is humbled as he ponders the enormity of the universe; and the notion that it may have all started with the tiniest of particles.

  • Udiah Witness to YAH (3/23/2012 8:01:00 AM)

    Even Robert himself does not deny the possibilities of many worlds, many life forms in this vast universe of ours. But even in this, even if every world is given its own god to watch over it, He still believes there be one Devine Deity that is over all. And with that said, maybe sometimes we allow life to get too complex, concentrating on the whole, when maybe simplification might just be the best way to answer our needs and the needs of others as we pass through this short lifetime of the flesh.

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/15/2012 9:11:00 AM)

    lovely poem and its a truth,

  • AllyCat ~living life just to die some day (3/23/2011 1:11:00 PM)

    Its a good poem. I like that it makes you think, but some of the word choices were poor in the way that i don't think they implied what he wanted.

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