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”

Poem of the day: the new colossus

The New ColossusBY EMMA LAZARUS Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMother of Exiles. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twinContinue reading “Poem of the day: the new colossus”

Poem of the day: Rural reflections

Rural ReflectionsBy Adrienne Rich This is the grass your feet are planted on.You paint it orange or you sing it green,But you have never foundA way to make the grass mean what you mean. A cloud can be whatever you intend:Ostrich or leaning tower or staring eye.But you have never foundA cloud sufficient to expressContinue reading “Poem of the day: Rural reflections”

Poem of the day: Roses and rue

Roses and rueBy Oscar Wilde Could we dig up this long-buried treasure,Were it worth the pleasure,We never could learn love’s song,We are parted too long.Could the passionate past that is fledCall back its dead,Could we live it all over again,Were it worth the pain!I remember we used to meetBy an ivied seat,And you warbled eachContinue reading “Poem of the day: Roses and rue”

Poem of the day: Anecdote

ANECDOTE OF THE JARBy Wallace Stevens I placed a jar in Tennessee, And round it was, upon a hill. It made the slovenly wilderness Surround that hill.The wilderness rose up to it,And sprawled around, no longer wild. The jar was round upon the ground And tall and of a port in air.It took dominion everywhere.Continue reading “Poem of the day: Anecdote”