This I Believe

James - San Diego, California
Entered on April 2, 2007
Age Group: 50 - 65
  • Podcasts

    Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more...

  • Top Essays USB Drive

    This USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It's perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.


I believe I’ll take a walk in the rain

splash through the fountain.

I believe I’ll speak truth to power

take a sailboat along the Turkish Coast

I believe I’ll sit in St Marks Square

meditate across time,

the liquid Adriatic Sea under my feet

as I walk on water.

I believe in economic justice;

flying for a day or so to

dance in the Rio Carnaval.

I believe in Pinot Grigio, 1987, Napa Valley,

next to baked Salmon in lemon/garlic sauce.

I believe in sharing;

the warmth of the sun on a Cuban beach.

I believe in the roundness of the circle,

the obliqueness of squares, rectangles and triangles;

their capacity to define space.

I believe in the hope

of the metaphysical life force

that surrounds infinity and makes time absolute.

I believe I must create;

look closely at the world of perpetual emotions

their disarray in real life;

redefine them in my accordance.

I believe in the fundamental goodness of humanity;

their immutable potential to ignore it.

I believe in the vagaries of love;

a walk in the bamboo forest,

deep in the Asian jungle.

I believe in beauty;

as a legitimate measure of substance.