"Desiderata" is a didactic, ie. morally instructional, prose poem. Max Ehrmann wrote it for his daughter and since it was published the advice it contains has been taken to heart by very many people who wish to live authentic lives. The pace is measured and calm, emphasizing the advice contained within the lines to be calmly assertive, respectful of others, non-confrontational, diligent, emotionally strong, principled and to cultivate a clear conscience.
The "Desiderata" is a wonderful poem for contemplation and mindfulness practice. In my twenties, I was touched when I first read this poem, inspiring me to draw one out for myself, with artwork to reflect the feel of the poem. I offered it around to my friends, some of whom still have it in their homes and on their walls, and for many years as a free download on the sacredart-murals website it has been downloaded over a million times. Recently I have added a small charge for this, and have improved the quality of the image download.