The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh

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If all the world and love were young, And truth in every shepherd’s tongue, These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee and be thy love. Time drives the flocks from field to fold When rivers rage and … Read More

Ancient Egyptian Love Poetry

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An excerpt from an article titled Ancient Egyptian Love Poems Reveal a Lust for Life by Cameron Walker for National Geographic News, pub. April 20, 2004 (source) Written during Egypt’s New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.) but likely composed much earlier, these … Read More

To Earthward by Robert Frost

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Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived on air That crossed me from sweet things, The scent of — was it musk From hidden grapevine springs Down … Read More

Oscar Wilde Quote from An Ideal husband

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“Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to.” ~ Excerpt from An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Epithalamium by Matthew Rohrer

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Epithalamium by Matthew Rohrer In the middle garden is the secret wedding, that hides always under the other one and under the shiny things of the other one. Under a tree one hand reaches through the grainy dusk toward another. … Read More

Rumi – I Have Five Things to Say

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Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi translated by Coleman Barks I Have Five Things To Say The wakened lover speaks directly to the beloved, “You are the sky my spirit circles in, the love inside of love, the resurrection-place. Let this window be … Read More

True Love by Robert Penn Warren

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(picture source) True Love by Robert Penn Warren In silence the heart raves. It utters words Meaningless, that never had A meaning. I was ten, skinny, red-headed, Freckled. In a big black Buick, Driven by a big grown boy, with … Read More

Sonnet LXVI by Pablo Neruda

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Sonnet LXVI by Pablo Neruda I do not love you–except because I love you; I go from loving to not loving you, from waiting to not waiting for you my heart moves from the cold into the fire. I love … Read More

The Valve by David R. Slavitt

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The one-way flow of time we take for granted, but what if the valve is defective? What if the threads on the stem wear thin, or the stuffing box or the bonnet ring leaks, or the joints to the pipe … Read More

Heavenly Promises on Mended Wings by Mike Lewis

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HEAVENLY PROMISES ON MENDED WINGS Author: Mike Lewis The sweetest melodies are those sung from the heart. The softest harmonies are when two souls mend together. Why then do people say it’s love that tears them apart? When it’s with … Read More

Being But Men by Dylan Thomas

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Being but men, we walked into the trees Afraid, letting our syllables be soft For fear of waking the rooks, For fear of coming Noiselessly into a world of wings and cries. If we were children we might climb, Catch … Read More

An Entomologist’s Last Love Letter by Jared Singer

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dear samantha i’m sorry we have to get a divorce i know that seems like an odd way to start a love letter but let me explain: it’s not you it sure as hell isn’t me it’s just human beings … Read More

I prithee send me back my heart by Sir John Suckling

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I prithee send me back my heart I prithee send me back my heart, Since I cannot have thine; For if from yours you will not part, Why, then, shouldst thou have mine? Yet now I think on’t, let it … Read More

Robert Desnos – No, Love Is Not Dead

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No, love is not dead in this heart these eyes and this mouth that announced the start of its own funeral. Listen, I’ve had enough of the picturesque, the colorful and the charming. I love love, its tenderness and cruelty. … Read More

Rumi – The Garden of Love

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If you can’t smell the fragrance Don’t come into the garden of Love. If you’re unwilling to undress Don’t enter into the stream of Truth. Stay where you are. Don’t come our way. Rumi

The Changeling’s Lament by Shira Lipkin

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I have studied so hard to pass as one of you. I’ve spent a lifetime on it. I have tells. Blisters, tremors, bruises, all the signs that I was not meant for your world, was not meant to be contained … Read More

Mindfulness by Achaan Chah

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  Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and … Read More

Washing My Hair by Anne Stevenson

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Washing My Hair by Anne Stevenson Contending against a restless shower-head, I lather my own. The hot tap, without a mind, decides to scald me; The cold, without a will, would rather freeze me. Turning them to suit me is … Read More

All the World’s a Stage by William Shakespeare

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All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and … Read More

Inevitable Surrender by Night Rider

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Straddled across his lap I looked into eyes Of blue seas and gray sky The smile he always offered Could no longer be seen We were on the precipice of a kiss Heat seeking heat I discovered myself On the … Read More

Batter My Heart by John Donne

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Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an … Read More

My delight and thy delight by Robert Bridges

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My delight and thy delight Walking, like two angels white, In the gardens of the night: My desire and thy desire Twinning to a tongue of fire, Leaping live, and laughing higher; Thro’ the everlasting strife In the mystery of … Read More

e.e. cummings – All the Way

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e.e. cummings – All the Way somewhere i have never travelled,gladlybeyond any experience,your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near your slightest look … Read More

Quote about Beauty by Emily Dickinson

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“Beauty is not caused. It is.” – Emily Dickinson

First Crocus by Christine Klocek-Lim

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This morning, flowers cracked open the earth’s brown shell. Spring leaves spilled everywhere though winter’s stern hand could come down again at any moment to break the delicate yolk of a new bloom. The crocus don’t see this as they … Read More

Picasso’s viewpoints…

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Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is … Read More

Friends

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Friends My heart’s passion beats red in contrail wisps. Life’s colors descend and leave my spirit blue.         Cold gray clouds signal the coming storm. A black void of silence transcends my soul.    Wishes sparkle as starlight on the … Read More

wake up, love by Tobin James Mueller

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wake up, love undress yourself from my skin put on the sun and let our dreaming rest come watch the world rise wake up, love and be unbalance on the edge with me of our sagging, remembering bed come slip … Read More

Apology by Marie Howe

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Apology The shadows have come back, circling the room like headlights. It is for this I leave you, sudden October, the leaves burning. bike crash and slamming kitchen door, the boys scrambling into the back woods. My mother, standing at … Read More

Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster

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Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee; Sounds of the rude world heard in the day, Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away! Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song, List while I woo thee … Read More

Hyacinth by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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I am in love with him To whom a hyacinth is dearer Than I shall ever be dear. On nights when the field-mice Are abroad, he cannot sleep. He hears their narrow teeth At the bulbs of his hyacinths. But … Read More

Chris Abani muses on humanity

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Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It’s “ubuntu,” he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity … Read More

Variations on the Word Love by Margaret Atwood

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This is a word we use to plug holes with. It’s the right size for those warm blanks in speech, for those red heart- shaped vacancies on the page that look nothing like real hearts. Add lace and you can … Read More

The Mystery of Pain – Emily Dickinson

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Pain has an element of blank; It cannot recollect When it began, or if there were A day when it was not. It has no future but itself, Its infinite realms contain Its past, enlightened to perceive New periods of … Read More

Sara Teasdale – Song At Capri

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Sara Teasdale – Song At Capri When beauty grows too great to bear How shall I ease me of its ache, For beauty more than bitterness Makes the heart break. Now while I watch the dreaming sea With isles like … Read More

Sharia Law – She’s buried chest high by Nessrriinn

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A Wall of Separation between Church and State – my friends, this is why it is so very important to fight to keep our constitution intact.  Many people claim to love the principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of … Read More

Kurt Vonnegut quote about Life

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“Be soft. Don’t let the world make you hard. Don’t let the pain make you hate. Don’t let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride in that, even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it … Read More

True Love by Barry Gifford

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True Love by Barry Gifford Your sickness made me a little sick, it’s true—I still feel it Mayakovsky got down on his knees and declared his love to his last mistress a few hours after he’d met her Remember me … Read More

Publisher Felix Dennis’ odes to vice and consequences

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Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap — yet not too repentant — life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine. “The Better Man.” … Read More

Autumn Leaves – T’ang Dynasty poem

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Autumn Leaves The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, And you, you are a thousand miles away, There are always two cups at my table. T’ang Dynasty poem

ee Cummings – You Are Tired (I Think)

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You Are Tired (I Think) You are tired, (I think) Of the always puzzle of living and doing; And so am I. Come with me, then, And we’ll leave it far and far away— (Only you and I, understand!) You … Read More

A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

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In visions of the dark night I have dreamed of joy departed- But a waking dream of life and light Hath left me broken-hearted. Ah! what is not a dream by day To him whose eyes are cast On things … Read More

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