FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

It seems fitting in honor of Martin Luther King Day to re-post Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, the poem that graces The Statue of Liberty. When this country’s president is dismantling its democracy and leaving its reputation in tatters, it’s well to remember that  stronger and finer minds, spirits, and ideas have prevailed in the … Continue reading

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

POEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

In remembrance of the countless sacrifices made in defense of democracy and freedom, which are being challenged all around the world, here is a poem by a British poet that gets to the heart of the matter. Though recorded in one of my journals, I neglected to note the author’s name. THE RETURN His land … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

U2 in Phoenix

An amazing U2 concert Tuesday night, September 19, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with few changes in the before and after Joshua Tree set-list from my Pasadena show back in May. Bad, always a high-point of any U2 show, came in the first segment in Phoenix in place of A Sort of … Continue reading

Autumn Approaching

As fall comes on here at the cottage in Southern Ontario, we are seeing more and more geese gathering in preparation for their migration south. In honor of both these birds and the season, here’s a moving poem by the Vietnamese poet, N’Guyen-Khac-Hieu, taken from the outstanding film Winged Migration. “In our next lives, we’ll remember … Continue reading

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading

IN HONOR OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

A bit of poetry from Billy Collins for the first day of spring: TODAY If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the … Continue reading

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s an Irish blessing: Wishing you always — Walls for the wind And a roof for the rain And tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you And those you love near you And all that your heart might desire!

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