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A legendary poem on the back of legendary captain Jack Sparrow

Posted in Johnny Depp, movies by Anna Maria Polidori on October 14, 2014

A tribute to Max Ehrmann and his most famous poem: Desiderata



It’s one of the most known and legendary poems of all the times: Desiderata. On the back of the most known Pirates of all the times: Captain Jack Sparrow.


It was during Pirates 4: 10624749_338586069648376_4374944532993726368_n on Stranger Tides. As it is possible to see there is a big tattoo on Jack Sparrow’s back with the words of Desiderata.  (Thanks to Lory for the photo collage)


Desiderata is a poem with a very complicated story.


The myth wants that this poem was found in a church of Baltimore in 1692, exactly 200 years after the discovery of America. Of course author unknown and unknown origin of the poem, no one seemed to be interested to discovering who had to be thanked for the paternity or maternity of these stunning words, because no necessity.

The case exploded when maybe re-written in 1920 or 1906 it was copyrighted in 1927 by Max Ehrmann born in 1872 and dead in 1945. Lawyer, he understood the necessity of giving some order to this poem because precious and important for a lot of human beings.

At the same time a reverend, Frederick Kates reproduced in 1959 in a collection of inspirational poems called: “The Old St Paul’s Church, Baltimore, AD 1692” for the members of his parish. That church was founded in fact that year. And the case became known.

Desiderata has been of great inspiration for a lot of men and women in the world.

A copy of Desiderata was also found close to the deceased politician Aidlai Stevenson in 1965.

It’s a beautiful and inspiring message for all the people of this world.


Desiderata ( “things that are yearned for” or “essential things” the main meanings) here for you.





Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.



© Max Ehrmann 1927





Anna Maria Polidori


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