Tuesday, August 25, 2009

all things work out

This sentiment hangs over my work bench. I look at it every day. It is taken from an old framed poem that was in my grandfather's workplace in Salem, Ohio (Deming Pump Company) more than fifty years ago. After it left the factory, it went home to my grandfather's next door neighbor and colleague, where it hung on the wall for decades until he went to rest and it was sold at auction. My dad bought it and gave it to me. I've had it for years. The frame is beat up and weathered. The paper is brown and the glass is wavy from the elements but the title says it all. All Things Work Out. And it goes like this:

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn't,
Because men do what they often shouldn't,
Because crops fail and plans go wrong,
Some of us grumble the whole day long;
But somehow in spite of care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.

Because we lose where we hope to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we'd like to play,
Some of us whimper along life's way;
But somehow as day must follow the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.

Because we can not forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust a while,
Because we think that the way is long,
Some complain that life is all wrong;
But somehow we live and skies grow bright,
And most things seem to work out all right.

So we'll bend to our troubles and meet our care,
For the cloud must break and the sky grow fair,
Let the rain come down as it must and will,
But we'll keep on working and hoping still;
For, in spite of grumblers who stand about,
Somehow it seems all things work out.

The copper version is in my etsy shop now

But I like the sentiment so much I made a silver version, too, but it's going to be a necklace on etsy tomorrow, unless I can find more thick 14 gauge silver like this one in my stash. I crinkle domed the copper one and distressed it with texture and liver of sulphur, then brush and polish. And there is a copper domed one that is a necklace but I ran out of light before I could take more photos today and post on etsy.


TesoriTrovati said...

That is quite possibly one of the best quotes ever! I love the sentiment in that poem. And the story of your connection to your father and grandfather through this poem is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful inspiration today! Enjoy the day! Erin

karengberger said...

I hope you will include this story and the poem with the pieces you sell on etsy. They are an important part of the meaning and power behind it, and would be a great gift to anyone!

stregata said...

Love it - the piece, the story, the memory!
Hoping you are feeling more yourself, sometimes life is tough on us, but I am sure things will get better again!

Christine Damm said...

Wow, we are really on the same wavelength! I SO appreciate your sharing that wonderful poem with me, I really, really needed to hear that--someday I'll tell you all about it, when we're both at BeadFest with $$$ to burn! And it WILL happen!