Poem of the day: Harlem

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?

Poem of the day: Alone

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”

Poem of the day: Life’s scars

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”

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: 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 brook

THE BROOK By Alfred 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’s farm I flow ToContinue reading “Poem of the day: The brook”

Poem of the day: Richard Cory

RICHARD CORY By Edwin Arlington Robinson Whenever Richard Cory went down town,We people on the pavement looked at him:He was a gentleman from sole to crown,Clean favored, and imperially slim.And he was always quietly arrayed,And he was always human when he talked;But still he fluttered pulses when he said,”Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.AndContinue reading “Poem of the day: Richard Cory”

Poem of the day: Hysteria

HysteriaBY T.S. ELIOT As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved in her laughter and being part of it, until her teeth were only accidental stars with a talent for squad-drill. I was drawn in by short gasps, inhaled at each momentary recovery, lost finally in the dark caverns of her throat, bruised byContinue reading “Poem of the day: Hysteria”