On the Fifth Day, by Jane Hirshfield

In honor of the international March for Science! On the fifth day the scientists who studied the rivers were forbidden to speak or to study the rivers.   The scientists who studied the air were told not to speak of the air, and the ones who worked for the farmers were silenced, and the ones […]

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, […]

Autumn Song, by Daniel Mark Epstein

There have been a number of great poems written about this month. Autumn Song Little flower, you live in constant danger: Likely to be crushed under foot or torn by wind, Sun-scorched or gobbled by a goat. These October days streaked with regrets and tears Are like you, brindled flower, as they bloom And fade, […]

Haymaking, by John Clare

For my friend, who cuts hay! Haymaking Tis haytime and the red-complexioned sun Was scarcely up ere blackbirds had begun Along the meadow hedges here and there To sing loud songs to the sweet-smelling air Where breath of flowers and grass and happy cow Fling o’er one’s senses streams of fragrance now while in some […]