FOR HANUKKAH

If there is a light you can’t always see If there is a world we can’t always be If there is a dark that we shouldn’t doubt And there is a light, don’t let it go out ~ U2

FOR THANKSGIVING

Sharing a lovely poem by Francis Gray for Thanksgiving, in gratitude for matters large and small. “Who never wept, knows laughter but a jest; Who never failed, no victory has sought; Who never suffered, never lived his best; Who never doubted , never really thought; Who never feared, real courage has not shown; Who never … Continue reading

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2018

THE DEAD The dead are always looking down on us, they say, while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich, they are looking down through the glass-bottom boats of heaven as they row themselves slowly through eternity. They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth, and when we lie … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER 2018

This month’s writer’s quote comes from poet David Budbill (1940-2016) in the form of his poem THE THREE GOALS The first goal is to see the thing itself in and for itself, to see it simply and clearly for what it is No symbolism, please. The second goal is to see each individual thing as … Continue reading

POEM IN OCTOBER

What better way to celebrate October than with Dylan Thomas’ outstandingly ecstatic Poem in October It was my thirtieth year to heaven Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood And the mussel pooled and the heron Priested shore The morning beckon With water praying and call of seagull and rook And the knock … Continue reading

FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

“Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is. Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss. ‘Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train. Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again. Oh peace train sounding louder, Glide on the … Continue reading

REMEMBERING MY MOTHER, EDNA EBERTT, ON MOTHER’S DAY

MY MOTHER’S HANDS There is this space at the end of the day Before the long black echo of night, Before the moon flings out its shimmer of icy stars In a flux of silver, like blown glass. There is an emptiness just beyond the sunset That once and yet belongs to my mother’s hands. … Continue reading

FOR EARTH DAY 2018

“Deep peace on the running wave to you. Deep peace on the flowing air to you. Deep peace on the quiet earth to you. Deep peace on the shining stars to you. Deep peace on the gentle night to you, Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace to you.”

A RILKE POEM FOR THE SPRING EQUINOX

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses,   hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

The Dumka by B. H. Fairchild for Valentine’s Day: His parents would sit alone together on the blue divan in the small living room listening to Dvorak’s piano quintet. They would sit there in their old age, side by side, quite still, backs rigid, hands in their laps, and look straight ahead at the yellow … Continue reading

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