Love after love

Love After LoveBy Derek WalcottThe time will comewhen, with elation,you will greet yourself arrivingat your own door, in your own mirror,and each will smile at the other’s welcome,And say, sit here. Eat.You will love again the stranger who was yourself.Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heartto itself, to the stranger who has loved youallContinue reading “Love after love”

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 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

Nothing stays the same

Nothing Stays The SameBy Carol A. AndrewsThe earth spins like a rolling ball.Stars shine bright then fade away.Darkness melts and turns to light.The sunrise starts another day.The sun dips slowly into the sea.The moon will wax and wane.The sea will rise and falls with tides.And you will love again.Nothing ever stays the same.Mountains change withContinue reading “Nothing stays the same”