Quoth the Raven, Nevermore!

THE RAVENBy Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door— OnlyContinue reading “Quoth the Raven, Nevermore!”

When great trees fall: poem of the day

WHEN GREAT TREES FALL By Maya Angelou When great trees fall,rocks on distant hills shudder,lions hunker downin tall grasses,and even elephantslumber after safety.When great trees fallin forests,small things recoil into silence,their senseseroded beyond fear.When great souls die, the air around us becomeslight, rare, sterile.We breathe, briefly.Our eyes, briefly,see witha hurtful clarity.Our memory, suddenly sharpened,examines,gnaws onContinue reading “When great trees fall: poem of the day”

A prick, a sting and a pretty pretty thing

What Thing Is Love?By George Peele What Thing Is Love? What thing is love? for sure love is a thing.It is a prick, it is a sting,It is a pretty, pretty thing;It is a fire, it is a coal,Whose flame creeps in at every hole;And as my wit doth best devise,Love’s dwelling is in ladies’Continue reading “A prick, a sting and a pretty pretty thing”

A dream girl: poem of the day

DREAM GIRLBY CARL SANDBURG You will come one day in a waver of love,Tender as dew, impetuous as rain,The tan of the sun will be on your skin,The purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech,You will pose with a hill-flower grace.You will come, with your slim, expressive arms,A poise of the head no sculptorContinue reading “A dream girl: poem of the day”

Commandments: poem of the day

THE PARADOXICAL COMMANDMENTSBy Kent M. Keith People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.Do good anyway. Honesty and franknessContinue reading “Commandments: poem of the day”

It’s fine today: poem of the day

IT’S FINE TODAYBy Douglas Malloch Sure, this world is full of trouble I ain’t said it ain’t.Lord, I’ve had enough and double Reason for complaint;Rain and storm have come to fret me, Skies are often gray;Thorns and brambles have beset me On the road — but say, Ain’t it fine today? What’s the use ofContinue reading “It’s fine today: poem of the day”

Courage: poem of the day

COURAGEby Robert William Service Today I opened wide my eyes,And stared with wonder and surprise,To see beneath November skiesAn apple blossom peer;Upon a branch as bleak as nightIt gleamed exultant on my sight,A fairy beacon burning brightOf hope and cheer.”Alas!” said I, “poor foolish thing,Have you mistaken this for Spring?Behold, the thrush has taken wing,AndContinue reading “Courage: poem of the day”

A narrow fell in the grass

A narrow Fellow in the Grass BY EMILY DICKINSON A narrow Fellow in the GrassOccasionally rides -You may have met him? Did you notHis notice instant is -The Grass divides as with a Comb,A spotted Shaft is seen,And then it closes at your FeetAnd opens further on -He likes a Boggy Acre – A FloorContinue reading “A narrow fell in the grass”

Poem of the day: invictus

InvictusBy William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath andContinue reading “Poem of the day: invictus”

Poem of the day: the people upstairs

The People UpstairsBy Ogden Nash The people upstairs all practise balletTheir living room is a bowling alleyTheir bedroom is full of conducted tours.Their radio is louder than yours,They celebrate week-ends all the week.When they take a shower, your ceilings leak.They try to get their parties to mixBy supplying their guests with Pogo sticks,And when theirContinue reading “Poem of the day: the people upstairs”