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”

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”

Poem of the day: if mama

If mama / could see by Lucille Clifton if mamacould seeshe would see lucy sprawling limbs of lucydecorating thebacks of chairslucy hairholding the mirrors up that reflect odd aspects of lucy.if mamacould hearshe would hearlucysong rolled in thecorners like lintexotic webs of lucysighslong lucy spiders explaining to obscure gods.if mamacould talkshe would talkgood girl goodContinue reading “Poem of the day: if mama”

Poem of the day: Thoughts

Thoughts by Myra Viola Wilds What kind of thoughts now, do you carry In your travels day by dayAre they bright and lofty visions, Or neglected, gone astray?Matters not how great in fancy, Or what deeds of skill you’ve wrought; Man, though high may be his station, Is no better than his thoughts. Catch yourContinue reading “Poem of the day: Thoughts”

Poem of the day: Time enough

Time enough By Ella Wheeler Wilcox I know it is early morning, And hope is calling aloud,And your heart is afire with Youth’s desire To hurry along with the crowd.But linger a bit by the roadside, And lend a hand by the way,’Tis a curious fact that a generous act Brings leisure and luck toContinue reading “Poem of the day: Time enough”

Poem of the day: An objection

An objection to being stepped on By Robert Frost At the end of the rowI stepped on the toeOf an unemployed hoe.It rose in offenseAnd struck me a blowIn the seat of my sense.It wasn’t to blameBut I called it a name.And I must say it dealtMe a blow that I feltLike a malice prepense.YouContinue reading “Poem of the day: An objection”