Desiderata, via Mr. Spock.

While at the Ridler’s Pacific Hideout a few weeks ago, I ran into a poem. It was tacked on the wall of a health food store. And they say poetry is dead!

It was Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann (1927). I liked it a lot, and Erin was surprised I’d never read it before. But something about it sounded familiar. So, I did some research, and I had heard it before-

-from Mr. Spock!

Leonard Nimoy did a reading of the poem as the venerable Vulcan in the 1960s and I caught it on the SPACED OUT compilation of Nimoy and Shatner greats I got as a gag gift in the 1990s. I remember liking the spoken word bit more than, oh, I don’t know, Nimoy belting out “If I Had a Hammer” (though I will always cherish his tale of Bilbo Baggins).

This line in particular rang true-

“Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.”

For a former grad student, young historian and writer, they sang true.

So, cheers to Mr. Erhmann and Mr. Spock. Hope you enjoy this new agey video with the latter reading the former.

Live long and prosper, ya bastards.

JSR

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About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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