“Every year a unique event takes place in Stratford-upon- Avon to mark the birth of the world’s greatest playwright. The Birthday Celebrations are a tradition going back nearly 200 years and are held on the weekend.” His name is William Shakespeare. Sonnet 30 When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a … Continue reading Happy Birthday to the Bard of Stratford upon Avon
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an Ocean.” ― Arshdeep Singh Samrala This ocean knows the secrets of my soul I wonder where they all will go … Continue reading A Poem A Day – This Ocean Knows
They say an apple keeps the doctor away so does a poem! Continue reading A Poem A Day – Haiku
Poets.org sponsors Poem in You Pocket Day (which was celebrated today) and which offers a wide variety of poems to use for the celebration of the day. Someone surprised me today with a beautiful poem she had written about the latest acts violence and terror that caused chaos in the city of Boston. She did want me to post it but the truth is that the … Continue reading A Poem in Your Pocket Day
Alone Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don’t believe I’m wrong That nobody, But nobody can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone. There are some millionaires with money … Continue reading A Poem A Day – Maya Angelou
I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and i am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle not to stray. When I look behind, as I am compelled to look before i can gather strength to proceed on my journey, I see the milestones dwindling toward the horizon and the slow fires trailing from … Continue reading The Layers
Another very favorite poet is Mary Oliver. I have many of her poetry books and feel peace and calmness when I read her poems. Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Some of her books include What Do we Know, The Leaf and the Cloud, Winter Hours … Continue reading A Poem A Day –
Words are so important. They can rise you up or bring you down to the lowest point ever. They have always captivated me. I cannot let one word go by unnoticed just because I do not know its meaning. I especially like the ones with soft, sweet sounds. The words that melt your heart. This is why i am proposing a challenge starting today until … Continue reading Loving Words
This has been my mantra for a long time. I have written on the subject many times and always introduced poetry in my class by writing this statement on the chalkboard and waiting for reactions. Here is a new poem I wrote last night. Poetry is life: And, Life is poetry! It is in your quiet tiptoe across the room to surprise your lover. It’s … Continue reading Poetry is life; life is poetry!
Every spring I try to plant a beautiful garden like the ones I have seen in magazines. No sooner I plant Begonias, Calandula, Petunias and Pansies, our resident cottontail rabbit and occasional visiting deer snap up the fresh or new blooms. The rabbit loves the clover that grows wild and free in our backyard. Clover is a weed but I cannot bring myself to … Continue reading Inspired by Stanley Kunitz
Failure to achieve something in life can be devastating sometimes. I was thinking about failure. There are some things that we cannot help of course. Sometimes failure is inevitable. We have little control over nature; often it seems like it needs to fail us or disappoint us. We may not understand how someone can deceive and fail us when we most need support and compassion. As … Continue reading I HATE FAILURE!
In celebration of National Poetry Month I am inviting all poetry lovers to participate in several activities I have planned. This week I will provide a few prompts for writing poems. Please submit your poems in the comments section. Some prompts may look familiar because they are the first lines of some well known poems. Some tips: 1. You may want to change a word … Continue reading Happy National Poetry Month
On the eve of a new year I make a list of things I look forward to in my life. No resolutions, not any more; they never really worked any time before. I list only things that I know will bring me Joy and hope that my family too might enjoy. This year I look forward to the birth of another grand child … Continue reading 2018 0r @)!* – What I look forward to…
Today we mourn the passing of Keith Roach. Rest in Peace! “We bid farewell to Keith Roach – poet, slammaster, mentor and teacher – who presided over our poetry slams and open mics for years. Keith inspired a generation of poets, and played a significant role in the advancement of slam poetry, as an art form and a movement. He will be greatly missed.” … Continue reading The Death of a Poet