Poem of the day: Mock Orange

Mock orange By Louise Gluck It is not the moon, I tell you.It is these flowerslighting the yard.I hate them.I hate them as I hate sex,the man’s mouthsealing my mouth, the man’sparalyzing body—and the cry that always escapes,the low, humiliatingpremise of union—In my mind tonightI hear the question and pursuing answerfused in one soundthat mountsContinue reading “Poem of the day: Mock Orange”

Poem of the day: Love after love

LOVE AFTER LOVE By Derek Walcott The time will comewhen, with elation,you will greet yourself arrivingat your own door, in your own mirror,and each will smile at the other’s welcome,And say, sit here. Eat.You will love again the stranger who was yourself.Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heartto itself, to the stranger who hasContinue reading “Poem of the day: Love after love”

Poem of the day: The man he killed

The man he killedBy Thomas Hardy Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn,We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin!But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face,I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place.I shot him dead because– Because heContinue reading “Poem of the day: The man he killed”

Poem of the day: introduction to poetry

INTRODUCTION TO POETRY By Billy Collins I ask them to take a poemand hold it up to the lightlike a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poemand watch him probe his way out,or walk inside the poem’s roomand feel the walls for a light switch.Continue reading “Poem of the day: introduction to poetry”

Celebrate all you’ve got

Hello Clovers! It’s another week to aim for the best of what you want! This week, we’re still going to be talking about happiness. Be happy where you are and work to get to where you want. The little things matter too. Look back at how you have come so far. There should be atContinue reading “Celebrate all you’ve got”

Poem of the day: Bluebird

BLUEBIRDBy Charles Bukowski there’s a bluebird in my heart thatwants to get outbut I’m too tough for him,I say, stay in there, I’m not goingto let anybody seeyou.there’s a bluebird in my heart thatwants to get outbut I pour whiskey on him and inhalecigarette smokeand the whores and the bartendersand the grocery clerksnever know thathe’sinContinue reading “Poem of the day: Bluebird”

Poem of day: A minor bird

A MINOR BIRDby Robert Frost I have wished a bird would fly away,And not sing by my house all day;Have clapped my hands at him from the doorWhen it seemed as if I could bear no more.The fault must partly have been in me.The bird was not to blame for his key.And of course thereContinue reading “Poem of day: A minor bird”

Poem of the day: I knew a man

I KNEW A MAN BY SIGHTBy Henry David Thoreau I knew a man by sight,A blameless wight,Who, for a year or more,Had daily passed my door,Yet converse none had had with him.I met him in a lane,Him and his cane,About three miles from home,Where I had chanced to roam,And volumes stared at him, and heContinue reading “Poem of the day: I knew a man”

Poem of the day: The brooks

The Brooks                                      By Alfred Lord Tennyson I come from haunts of coot and hern, I make a sudden sallyAnd sparkle out among the fern, To bicker down a valley.By thirty hills I hurry down, Or slip between the ridges,By twenty thorpes, a little town, And half a hundred bridges.Till last by Philip’sContinue reading “Poem of the day: The brooks”

Poem of the day: My pretty rose tree

My pretty rose tree By William Blake A flower was offered to me, Such a flower as May never bore;But I said “I’ve a pretty rose tree,” And I passed the sweet flower o’er.Then I went to my pretty rose tree, To tend her by day and by night;But my rose turned away with jealousy,Continue reading “Poem of the day: My pretty rose tree”