All the world’s a stage

All The World’s A StageBy William ShakespeareAll the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players:They have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.And then the whining school-boy, with his satchelAnd shining morningContinue reading “All the world’s a stage”

If you forget me

If You Forget MeBy Pablo NerudaI want you to knowone thing.You know how this is:if I lookat the crystal moon, at the red branchof the slow autumn at my window,if I touchnear the firethe impalpable ashor the wrinkled body of the log,everything carries me to you,as if everything that exists,aromas, light, metals,were little boatsthat sailtowardContinue reading “If you forget me”

The way through the woods

The Way Through The WoodsBy Rudyard KiplingTHEY shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago.Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you would never knowThere was once a path through the woods Before they planted the trees:It is underneath the coppice and heath, And the thin anemones. Only the keeper seesThat, whereContinue reading “The way through the woods”

The fish

The FishBy Elizabeth BishopI caught a tremendous fishand held him beside the boathalf out of water, with my hookfast in a corner of his mouth.He didn’t fight.He hadn’t fought at all.He hung a grunting weight,battered and venerableand homely. Here and therehis brown skin hung in stripslike ancient wallpaper,and its pattern of darker brownwas like wallpaper:shapesContinue reading “The fish”

For Annie

For AnnieBY EDGAR ALLAN POEThank Heaven! the crisis,The danger, is past,And the lingering illnessIs over at last—And the fever called “Living”Is conquered at last.Sadly, I knowI am shorn of my strength,And no muscle I moveAs I lie at full length—But no matter!—I feelI am better at length.And I rest so composedly,Now, in my bed,That anyContinue reading “For Annie”

While you weren’t here

While You Weren’t HereBy Janet MichaelWhile you weren’t hereI cried every night.A million tears fell,Still my heart wasn’t right.While you weren’t hereI did what I could,Hoping against hopeMy decisions were good.While you weren’t hereI gained some in age.Things just went onAnd life turned a page.While you weren’t hereI just tried to go on,Knowing what didn’tContinue reading “While you weren’t here”

Searching for home

Searching For HomeBy Brittney HemmandsHer eyes glowed with such ambition,And her mouth spoke words of love and kindness.She took pride in wandering;She walked to find the places her heart longed for.Oh, the places she searched to find her home.She made her way through crowded pathsAnd swam through salted waters.She danced in gardensAnd sweetly kissed strangers.SheContinue reading “Searching for home”