Tag Archive: poetry

Jul 01

Thinking of America

As the Independence Day Holiday approaches, I reflect on the land in which I was born and raised. Robert Frost, one of America’s greatest poets, wrote a short but interesting verse about our nation. It is titled, The Gift Outright – In the sixteen lines of this poem, Frost tells the American story from colonialism, …

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Mar 17

The Irish Diaspora

On this day in the month of March people in many parts of the world celebrate the culture of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day Holiday brings out all those who claim some ancestral link to Ireland. Even people of non-Irish heritage want to join in the fun of singing and drinking. While the Irish …

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Dec 17

Winter Solstice – 2016

On Wednesday December 21st, 2016 at 5:44 AM EST the Winter Solstice will arrive. The Winter Solstice is known as the “shortest day of the year”. Actually this means that this day will have the shortest number of daylight hours – and each day forward the minutes of daylight will continue to grow until the …

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Dec 12

Dylan’s Nobel Prize Speech

In mid-October, I posted a brief piece about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in literature. While Dylan did acknowledge the honor, he was slow to offer an official reply to the committee. Well, just a couple of days ago he sent his acceptance speech to be read via surrogate, Azita Raji, the United …

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Nov 04

David’s Tree

David’s Tree by Kevin Neary on a cold winter morn along a row where corn had been shorn a lone crow pecks through the snow and a red fox trots the line of frozen bramble canes * eternal circle moon and sun turning see the days grow longer light grows stronger first hard rain of …

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Nov 03

Not Dark Yet

This is one of those Dylan tunes that struck a nerve in me. Not Dark Yet Written by: Bob Dylan Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away Feel like my soul has turned into steel I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t …

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Nov 01

Sugar Mountain and The Circle Game

In 1964, Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young penned the song Sugar Mountain. It is a lament about growing up and being forced to leave the easy days of childhood behind.   “Sugar Mountain“ by Neil Young Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain With the barkers and the colored balloons, You can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain …

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Oct 15

Dylan receives Nobel Prize in Literature.

In previous posts both here and here, I shared information and resources to learn about poetry, how to study it, to understand it and how to write it. I also pointed out that there has been a long relationship between poetry and musical lyrics. Some would argue that music is not poetry and visa versa …

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Jul 04

An American Tune

Paul Simon wrote An American Tune in 1973. It was a troubled period for America. The U.S. Government had fought to a stalemate the very unpopular Vietnam War, but not before it had inflicted a bitter cynicism among many citizens, particularly after incidents like the Kent State massacre. Followed by the self destruction of the …

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Jun 16

On Living.

*** Dum vivimus vivamus While we live, let us live! *** *** Something to do. Someone to love. Something to look forward. I am not sure of who said this first but it expresses a profound understanding of a life of fulfillment. * Setting goals and working to achieve them is vitally important to living …

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