A FALLEN LEAFBy Ella Wheeler Wilcox A trusting little leaf of green,A bold audacious frost;A rendezvous, a kiss or two,And youth for ever lost.Ah, me!The bitter, bitter cost.A flaunting patch of vivid red,That quivers in the sun;A windy gust, a grave of dust,The little race is run.Ah, me!Were that the only one.
HOW DID YOU DIE?BY Edmund Vance Cooke Did you tackle that trouble that came your wayWith a resolute heart and cheerful?Or hide your face from the light of dayWith a craven soul and fearful?Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,Or a trouble is what you make it,And it isn’t the fact thatContinue reading “Poem of the day: How did you die?”
The second coming By William Butler Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely someContinue reading “Poem of the day: the second coming”
HE NEVER EXPECTED MUCH by Thomas Hardy Well, World, you have kept faith with me,Kept faith with me;Upon the whole you have proved to beMuch as you said you were.Since as a child I used to lieUpon the leaze and watch the sky,Never, I own, expected IThat life would all be fair. ‘Twas then youContinue reading “Poem of the day: he never expected much”
HOPEBy Emily Bronte Hope was but a timid friend-She sat without my grated denWatching how my fate would tendEven as selfish-hearted men.She was cruel in her fear.Through the bars, one dreary day,I looked out to see her thereAnd she turned her face away!Like a false guard false watch keepingStill in strife she whispered peace;She wouldContinue reading “Poem of the day: hope”
ABSENCEBy Elizabeth Jennings I visited the place where we last met.Nothing was changed, the gardens were well-tended,The fountains sprayed their usual steady jet;There was no sign that anything had endedAnd nothing to instruct me to forget.The thoughtless birds that shook out of the trees,Singing an ecstasy I could not share,Played cunning in my thoughts. SurelyContinue reading “Poem of the day: Absence”
HARLEM By Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
ALONEBy Edgar Allen Poe From childhood’s hour I have not beenAs others were—I have not seenAs others saw—I could not bringMy passions from a common spring—From the same source I have not takenMy sorrow—I could not awakenMy heart to joy at the same tone—And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—Then—in my childhood—in the dawnOf a mostContinue reading “Poem of the day: Alone”
LIFES SCARS By Ella Wheeler Wilcox They say the world is round, and yetI often think it square,So many little hurts we getFrom corners here and there.But one great truth in life I’ve found,While journeying to the West-The only folks who really woundAre those we love the best.The man you thoroughly despiseCan rouse your wrath,Continue reading “Poem of the day: Life’s scars”
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”