There is always a stack of books at my bedside -- a big stack! And, there is always a book (or two) of poetry. I envy the power of the poets in their subtle combinations of words to evoke such feeling. Generally, some of my favorites are the older poets. . .Whitman, Longfellow, Kipling. But, I've become fond of Ferlinghetti, Collins, Neruda. I guess the main thing is to keep reading and exploring and marveling at the yet undiscovered combinations of words.

  • John Donne

    We've all heard of, and many of us read, "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Many of us know the rest of that line, "therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

  • Quilt

    For all my quilting friends...the perfect sentiment.

  • Shakespeare 147

    We've all been burned at the altar of love. This poem speaks to that pain, that obsession, that disease that only time makes a little better.

  • Prayer of St. Assisi

    You don't have to be religious for this poem to speak to you. The purpose of our journey isn't so much to make our lives better, it's to make someone else's journey a little less painful and in doing so enrich who we are.

  • Evolution

    This is the only poem published by Langdon Smith and I'm not sure why I love it so, but I do!

  • Forever Young

    There surely must be a book of all the best lyrics, but alas I have not discovered it. This is one of my favorites. Altho I've never been a big Dylan fan,  no one sings this quite like he does -- gravelly voice and all.

  • To Mrs. Bixby

    I never knew my Mother's oldest brother, he died at 21 in the battle of Saipan in WWII. While working on a family scrapbook and searching for different prose and poems that I might incorporate into the pages that would provide the tone I was looking for, I found this incredible letter in one of my favorite books of poetry, "101 Famous Poems". It hangs in the library at Oxford as an example of the purest English grammar ever composed. It is truly that. As compassionately as it expresses President Lincoln's thoughts, I doubt it was really much comfort to Mrs. Bixby.

  • An Introduction to Poetry

    This is so true. . .about all art. Why do we try to discover the inner meaning? Why not just be moved, or move on to what does move you. Altho I think it's OK to try to figure out what the artist might have been thinking (LOL)! Or perhaps not!

  • Ferlinghetti

    Ferlinghetti is the epitome of "beat" to me -- so irreverant, so abrupt, so humorous -- there's always that little WHACK at the end.

  • Funeral Blues

    If you've watched "Four Weddings and a Funeral" as many times as I have, you've probably memorized this one. I still love it.

  • The Circus Animals' Desertion

    "In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart"...how could you ever pass up a poem with these words. I first encountered these words in the book "The Mermaid's Chair". They so intriqued me that  it lead to a search for the original poem. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing for the curious.

  • Ithaka

    Written by Constantin Cavafy, a Greek poet whose poem references Odysseus and his journey to Ithaka. Unlike Odysseus, Cavafy suggests that one relish the journey. This beautiful poem was read at Jacqueline Kennedy's funeral by Maurice Tempelsman. Although very young, I do remember hearing it. At the time, the words Laestrygonians and Cyclops kept me from hearing much else and of course, I had no frame of reference for the context of the poem nor its references to the Odyssey. 

  • Dreams