Thoughts on “The Peaceful Shepherd” by Robert Frost

Painting by Gerard van Honthorst

If heaven were to do again,
And on the pasture bars,
I leaned to line the figures in
Between the dotted stars,

I should be tempted to forget,
I fear, the Crown of Rule,
The Scales of Trade, the Cross of Faith,
As hardly worth renewal.

For these have governed in our lives,
And see how men have warred.
The Cross, the Crown, the Scales may all
As well have been the Sword.

Season’s Greetings, fellow readers.

2020 has been a challenging year, for sure, and I think this poem reminds us of something important.

We have experienced a lot of tension resulting from differences in religious beliefs, social ideology, political leadership, and feelings of fear and inequity. At this time of the year, Frost’s poem reminds us that the spiritual values which are supposed to guide us all too often become twisted and distorted into something destructive.

I have one sincere wish for 2021, and that is that we collectively lay down the Sword and begin to treat our fellow humans with… well… humanity. It really is high time we abandoned our habits of vilifying those who do not agree with us, of harboring fear and distrust of others simply because the news media tells us that they might do something that could possibly cause us some imagined inconvenience.

May you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for sharing my reading journey this past year. Keep reading interesting stuff, and help spread some much-needed kindness.



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6 responses to “Thoughts on “The Peaceful Shepherd” by Robert Frost

  1. Amen to that, Jeff! Happy Holidays to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your reading journeys with us. We can never have too much kindness!

  2. Cheers and Merry Xmas too you and your family Jeff. Thanks for always spinning a positive outlook on life.
    Stay safe my friend!

    • Thanks, and thanks for your steady support. Yeah, it’s easy to focus on the negative, but it is far more productive to focus on the positive. Blessings to you and your family. Hello 2021!

  3. Best wishes for the festive season and into 2021. Here’s hoping for health and happiness for us all.