Journey On, Thursday’s Child

You know that Mother Goose rhyme about the day of the week you were born? It goes something like: “Monday’s child is full of face. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Thursday’s child has far to go. Friday’s child has to work for a living. Saturday’s child is happy and giving. But the child who’s born on the Sabbath day is merry and blithe and glad always.”

I was always intrigued by that poem. Especially since my dad was born on a Monday, my brother on a Tuesday, my mother on a Wednesday, and I was the Thursday’s child. That whole “far to go” thing has always intrigued me. So I did what I do when I’m intrigued. I wrote about it. And here’s what happened. I thought it was incredibly appropriate for this new year.

Journey On, Thursday’s Child

Thursday’s child has far to go,
(At least that’s what they say.)
And I wonder what that means.
Far to go.
Far to go in what way?

Does it speak of long journeys?
New places to explore.
To wander ’til he is at peace,
Or perhaps
It leaves him wanting more.

Or maybe it means in life,
To work, achieve, conquer.
To reach great heights, accomplish much.
Life success.
Is that what this phrase infers?

It could mean depth of knowledge,
To read and learn and grow.
To journey deep into books.
Is that it? I want to know.

On and on, I journey far
To answer this question.
Seeking meaning, clarity.
Far to go.
And this journey leads me on.

One Comment

  1. Debra Weiss
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 21:38:46

    Love the poem. I was born on a Friday. 🙂


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