The Meaning Behind the Desiderata Poem

Michael Shook
Publishous
Published in
5 min readJul 12, 2019

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Inspirational writing at its finest

Desiderata poem on parchment paper
Desiderata image by Michael Shook

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed the Desiderata prose poem. It was really popular in the ’60s and the ’70s and a ton of posters were sold of it. For a long time, there was a legend that it had been found on an old piece of parchment in St Paul’s Church in Baltimore and that the poem itself dated from the late 1600s.

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