Friday, April 25, 2008

Berton Braley

The best verse hasn't been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn't been planned,
The highest peak hasn't been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren't spanned;
Don't worry and fret, faint-hearted,
The chances have just begun
For the best jobs haven't been started,
The best work hasn't been done.
---Berton Braley

DeeDee (Love White Linen) posted a lovely poem by Berton Braley
this week. He was totally new to me, so I did some investigating and
learned that he was a wonderful American poet and journalist.
Click [here] to browse the Berton Braley Cyber Museum.
***portrait by Gordon Stevenson, 1932


  1. Wonderful post on Berton Braley... Willow...I did a little research on him as well...I was so impressed with him and what he stood for...the American it your best....this great nation was formed by people such as that...I still believe as well that "the best work hasn't been done"..

  2. I was impressed as well, DeeDee. Didn't have time for an extensive post, but added the link to his cyber museum, which I thought was very imformative. Thanks for introducing me to him!

  3. Very interesting! I liked Dee-dee's poem and this one, also! They make you want to go out and do something great! I will check out the cyber museum soon! Very nice sketch of him!

  4. This poem has a ring of eternity to it. The Master has created an infinite universe and galaxy. I thing we'll be doing a lot of exploring and having adventures when we step into the next life. Berton has captured this in verse as he talks about the best "jobs" and highest mountains climbed are yet to be experienced. Thanks.

  5. What a lovely poem. It made me pause and think... I have never heard of this poet but am googling him now. I like the portrait. I have two in a very similar style of my father and his brother as boys.

  6. Yes, I love the style of this portrait. Can you post the one of your father and his brother? I would very much like to see it!

  7. Encouraging poem. Thanks for posting it. Glad you were able to visit this morning. You have a good eye, that was my grandson. :)

  8. His poetry brims with optimism and hope...truly captures the get-up-and-go of American spirit.

    He looks rather sage and visionary in this portrait.

    A perfect poem to read when one is feeling it's so uplifting.

  9. Hum...I'm not familiar with him at all so I will have to check out the link. I love the portrait. He reminds me just a little of FDR...

  10. i love this poem. i am losing my job the end of this month (corporate buy-out) and it seemed so fitting for me to read this week. i forwarded it to my co-workers and they loved it as well. i am enjoying y our blog and will return to it again soon!

  11. Hi Julie, I love this poem and am so glad it was meaningful to you.


Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)