Santayana Poem Written On a Card, Martin Luther King, Jr.

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George Santayana (1853-1962) graduate of Harvard, 1900, from Bettmann Archive

Santayana poem Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote on a card.

(Faith)

O WORLD, thou choosest not the better part!
It is not wisdom to be only wise,
And on the inward vision close the eyes,
But it is wisdom to believe the heart.
Columbus found a world, and had no chart,
Save one that faith deciphered in the skies;
To trust the soul’s invincible surmise
Was all his science and his only art.
Our knowledge is a torch of smoky pine
That lights the pathway but one step ahead
Across a void of mystery and dread.
Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine
By which alone the mortal heart is led
Unto the thinking of the thoughts divine.

George Santayana

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Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

“Our religion is the poetry in which we believe.” George Santayana

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Poet exploring his viable extensions - publisher, performer, playwright - hand to hand help in creating spaces for poetry to be live in - reading events, recordings, online and tangible publications in the vocal spirit of his New Mexico.
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