Instructions on Not Giving Up, by Ada Limón

Yes, this! We all need to hear this some days… Instructions on Not Giving Up More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees that […]

Love after Love, by Derek Walcott

Yes. Learn to love yourself. It is just so important…. LOVE AFTER LOVE The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at 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 your […]

Ruddy Duck, by Jack Collom

Yer a ruddy duck! (You know who you are, ya ruddy duck)   RUDDY DUCK or dumpling duck, daub duck, deaf duck, fool duck, sleepy duck, butter duck, brown diving teal, widgeon coot, creek coot, sleepy coot, sleepy brother, butter-ball, batter-scoot, blatherskite, bumble coot, quill-tailed coot, heavy-tailed coot, stiff-tail, pin-tail, bristle-tail, sprig-tail, stick-tail, spine-tail, dip-tail, […]

Summer Ending, by David Middleton

It’s a dark day, my friends…and winter is coming. Summer Ending Green blades grow pale and still Below this windowsill Whose clearest panes A sheer light stains, Then passes where it will. The grass’s crickets cry, Compelled to mate and die, And thus to share, Though unaware, In my more chilling sigh. or here I […]

The Peace of Wild Things, by Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron […]