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!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The great Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman for International Women’s Day:   Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MARCH

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) is an American poet and political activist best known for her work on social justice, feminism, Judaism and equality. “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. “If there were no poetry on any day in the world poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an … Continue reading

A POEM FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

A Quoi Bon Dire Seventeen years ago you said Something that sounded like goodbye; And everybody things that you are dead, But I. So I, as I grow stiff and cold To this and that, say Good-bye too; And everybody sees that I am old But you. And one fine morning in a sunny lane … Continue reading

FOR THE FULL SNOW MOON

In honor of tonight’s Full Snow Moon, a poem from Walter de la Mare. SNOW No breath of wind, No gleam of sun – Still the white snow Whirls softly down Twig and bough And blade and thorn All in an icy Quiet, forlorn. Whispering, rustling, Through the air On still and stone, Roof — everywhere, … Continue reading

EMMA LAZARUS AND THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

Seems like a good time to take a look at the Emma Lazarus poem that graces the base of the Statue of Liberty, which was, for countless immigrants, their very first sight–and promise–of America, an idea which still remains a powerful and enduring ideal in our troubled world. “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With … Continue reading

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

GIVE THANKS When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength, Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured that the fault is in yourself. — Tecumseh Tecumseh … Continue reading

REMEMBRANCE DAY

English poet and soldier Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was killed in action in the final week of World War I at the age of twenty-five on November 4, 1918. His parents received news of his death on November 11, now Armistice/Veterans Day. In honor of all service men and women before and since: ANTHEM No … Continue reading

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

A little Shakespeare for Halloween! Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and bling-worms sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful … Continue reading

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