Tag: poetry

Nov 07

November

NOVEMBER by Helen Hunt Jackson   This is the treacherous month when autumn days With summer’s voice come bearing summer’s gifts. Beguiled, the pale down-trodden aster lifts Her head and blooms again. The soft, warm haze Makes moist once more the sere and dusty ways, And, creeping through where dead leaves lie in drifts, The …

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Oct 11

After Apple Picking

The great America poet, Robert Frost is a perennial favorite here on the blog. At this time of year I thought it would be appropriate to offer one of his harvest themes. Go here to find more Frost on my blog After Apple Picking By Robert Frost   My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a …

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Oct 05

The Ghost of Saturday Night

Toma Waits is known for his ability to paint a picture using his words and music. These sketches are often some of life’s common and even mundane occurrences. His raspy voice adds a smokey flavor to the lyrics. His use of profanity is a turn off for some people, but I think it is part …

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Oct 03

Life’s a Long Song.

In the mid-1970’s, flutist and intrepid Scot poet, Ian Anderson formed the group Jethro Tull. The band name is of course, taken from the British agriculturist responsible for creating many of the tools and methods still used today. The bands performance was theatrical and loud! Ian with his tights and codpiece prancing about the stage …

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Aug 31

From Prisons on the Road to Ants Marching….

Traffic congestion has been a concern for decades in many countries. Even with infrastructure improvements made in major cities, highway and road traffic problems are chronic in some major metro areas. In the U.S. New York and Los Angeles are notorious for their traffic headaches. Many of my Chinese students tell me of traffic congestion …

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Jul 29

Diana — goddess of hunting and wild animals.

The poem, Diana of the Hunt, was written by a somewhat obscure American poet named, Forceythe Willson. Diana of the Hunt By Forceythe Willson All can see, in the shining places, Vestiges of her classic graces; Where her footsteps, fleet and stark, Have beautifully embossed the dark. We know indeed, that the stately and golden …

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Jul 17

Three Sunsets

Three Sunsets by Kevin Neary I snapped the picture as the sun set between the buildings on West 111th Street. The light and shadow were stunning. * The next day I sat for an aeon staring at a sunset on canvas. Expansive, glowing, red-orange through that massive cloud. * That hot and humid evening in …

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Jun 15

Father’s Day

It has been almost 9 years since my Dad passed. I knew the day would come. Dad’s health had been failing for several years and in his final two months he spent most of the time in bed. I think he was in a lot of pain near the end, but he would never complain. …

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Apr 07

Travel

  Travel is a theme worthy of more posts here on the blog, but resources and other constraints limit this traveler’s ability to access the world abroad. In my youth, I traveled extensively throughout the 48 contiguous (sometimes referred to as the “lower 48”) United States with a couple of brief entries into Canada and …

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Apr 02

When the child was a child….

Song of Childhood, a poem by Peter Handke and adapted for a spoken word (there is some music in the background — harp and drum, if I recall correctly) recording by singer/songwriter, Van Morrison . Invoking his Irish brogue, Morrison adds a distinctive flavor to this sweet and charming reminiscence. The song can be heard …

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