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Friday Poetry – The Concert by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I still remember the first time I read this poem, and the way the last line struck me. I needed to be lost in the work. I needed to fully buy in to the consensual reality of the situation, the suspension of disbelief — and having company who wanted to chat or otherwise socialize during a performance took me out of it. I still love to go alone sometimes. 

The Concert
No, […]

Friday Poetry: Song for Autumn

Song for Autumn
Mary Oliver
In the deep fall
don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
 the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think
of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets […]

Friday Poetry: Wonder

Today’s Friday Poetry is one of my own.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this sharing of poetry is still vulnerable, risky territory for me.
It’s easy to shy away from it, but I’d rather not.   This poem in particular is one that I waffled on publishing here.  It has a special place in my heart, which is the reason it is both scary and important for me to share with […]

Thursday Poetry: Mending Wall

Thursday Poetry is on Friday, again!
I really need to spend some quality time with my Google calendar again so we can re-establish our relationship.
Anyway, coming out of yesterday’s post, I thought I should share Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” with you today, in case you’ve never read it, or you haven’t read it since 8th grade English class.
Mending Wall
ROBERT FROST
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under […]

Shine

The last two days have been hot here.  I mean, hot.   Yesterday I had to give my new gardenia plant some serious medical attention because when I got home, its leaves had all curled up in submission and the buds were threatening to drop.   This morning it was faring better, so I hope the cooler weather coming next week will revive it.
Aside from the damage done to my plants, I’ve […]

Thursday Poetry: Affirmation

This week I’ve needed a lot of affirming.  Even the most confident soul occasionally needs bolstering when things seem to fall apart.    Many people swear by affirmations – short, positive phrases used to center and encourage and help you focus on the changes you want to see in your life.   I think affirmations are great, but being more of a lyrically-minded person, I like to find small collections of beautiful […]

New Feature: Thursday Poetry

Following up on last week’s post, where I did something scary and posted a poem, I’ve decided to start my first weekly feature on the blog. From now on, Thursdays will be for poetry. Sometimes that means I’ll post a poem, other times it means I will talk about poetry I like or discuss the actual writing of poetry. Please let me know in […]

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

That directive is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, and lately, I’ve been trying to do it.
I’m not talking about things that make me fear for my personal safety (I will not, for example, be trying any of the activities currently being aired on the Winter Olympics any time soon) but rather things that make my stomach flutter when I think about them, things that feel just a little bit risky.
I have […]