If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain ;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one lonely person
Into happiness again,
I shall not live in vain.
A favourite poem by 19th Century American poet, Emily Dickinson; it inspires my work.
I was struck that the version I am familiar with, published in 101 Poems To Keep You Sane, is different from the one I find everywhere else, whose 5th and 6th lines read ‘Or help one fainting robin / Unto his nest again,’ The meaning, however, feels the same, that pain is unavoidable but healing is possible.