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

ON DYLAN THOMAS’ BIRTHDAY

In honor of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ birth in Swansea, Wales, October 27, 1914, I’m posting here a winsome anecdote I read many years ago in a Welsh guidebook. I regret that I no longer have the name of that book. If the story is apocryphal, I apologize. It does read like Thomas’ … 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

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR MAY

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet and critic who lived in London, where he worked as an editor of several literary magazines, helping to promote the work of contemporaries T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He is best known for his unfinished epic, The Cantos. “Poetry is a composition of … 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!

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

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