Measuring by Degrees (New Poem by Polly Castor)

Measuring by Degrees (New Poem by Polly Castor)
Measuring by Degrees poem Bodes Well (acrylic) by Polly Castor

Measuring by Degrees

We measure by all sorts of degrees.
It’s 3º here on this January morning,
while it’s 83º where you are today.
You have a fancy degree, a PhD,
while I only have a bachelor’s.

We have sliding scales
for everything,
and analyze how we are doing
in units of comparison.

We assess our days
by completed to-do lists,
scrutinizing the percentage
of our goals met.
How productive were we?
How did we rank in the
hierarchy of expectations?

Maybe we should calibrate instead
regarding how inspired and creative,
how compassionate and caring,
how faithful and flexible and focused,
how ethical and full of equanimity
we have been. More than yesterday?
Where are we in the range of that
accounting system?

And how present are you?
That’s the true pulse
governing our life,
along with our
worthy choices
in every heartbeat.

Let’s approach our days
relative to how increasingly
attentive we are to what’s
directly in front of us
in each now,
for doing that well
determines our level
of realized marvelousness,
and is a gauge worth
evaluating, serving, and guiding
to the ultimate crescendo.

by Polly Castor

Measuring by Degrees poem Don’t Measure or Limit Good (acrylic) by Polly Castor
I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago

    Of Course!!!
    (And, oh, how odorous are comparisons!)

    I’ll now take some “time” to evaluate
    (“Judge ye not!” -Christ Jesus)…
    how i am “measuring up” to
    the Standards society(?)has set before me!

    Waste of “time!”


    Great poetry, as ever. Thank you! :-))

  2. Lee Macos 2 years ago

    So relevant – degrees of/for everything!
    Yes, now is of the essence.

    Thank you Polly for your insight!

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