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Hi!  I am wondering if you might be able to identify the following portion (?) of a phrase that happens to be on my half sister's grave marker.  (My sister died at the young age of 16 ...   but I was only 5 when it happened, so I don't know about the relation to this quote. It very well could be an original poem OF my sister's, as she did often write poetry ... but it may be a published writer.  Our father has passed away since, so I can't ask him.)  It is as follows:

    I saw a brown bird in the apple tree,
    A butterfly flirted across the field,
    And all the leaves were calling me.

    A rainbow held out it's shining hand -
    So what could I do, but laugh and go

Thanks so much, in advance, for your assistance! I will await your response at your earliest convenience.

Warm regards,


Greetings Nikki,

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your sister and your father. I do believe the lyrics, mentioned above, were written by Richard Le Gallienne entitled, "I meant to do my work today."

Here's the poem recited on YouTube:
Here's a link for more information about the poet:

I do hope this helps,
Theresa Johnson


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Theresa Harvard Johnson


My area of expertise is in Christian writing. I can address ALL questions pertaining to poetry, spoken word and other forms of creative writing as ministry -- especially for those who believe they write by inspiration. I specialize in assisting these writers with understanding what it is they they do, why they do it, how to effectively use their writing in ministry, education, and outreach.


I am a poet and spoken word artist. I am the author of one volume of poetry, and have published several books that focus exclusively on Christian writing as ministry. In addition, I have taught on this very subject at conferences, workshops and classes across the country. I am also the founder of a Christian literary nonprofit organization called, Voices of Christ, where we mentor writers nationally and internationally. We have been in existence for more than eight years, and have chapters across the United States. In addition, we host intensive writing retreats that focus on Christian writing as ministry. I am a former, award winning news reporter, the editor of Esdras' Scroll magazine, and presently a freelance writer. In addition, I still perform poetry and spoken word.

Charisma Magazine Rejoice Atlanta News The Christian Answer Newspaper Esdras' Scroll The Macon Telegraph The Dublin Courier Herald

I am a 1995 graduate of Fort Valley State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications (News Writing & Reporting). I have over a decade of experience in journalism for magazines, newspapers and corporate publication. I am currently working on a second Bachelor's degree and have some graduate work in this area as well.

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Georgia Press Association Georgia Association of Educators Associated Press

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