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December 2020 ~ Small Kindnesses

Remember this:  Look for the helpers.  And this: You may be the helper someone else is looking for. Small Kindnesses I've been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by. Or how strangers still say "bless you" when someone sneezes, a leftover from [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Poem of the Month|

November 2020 ~ I Have a Witness

Vast light, a million suns of kindness or love or compassion, amid the sea of sorrow and joy.  May we all be dizzy in the shine of this forever-light. I Have a Witness Among the stars one light shone below the line of the mountains, a campfire maybe.  Steady. All night I kept in mind [...]

By |October 30th, 2020|Poem of the Month|

October 2020 ~ The Facts of Life

Happy 14th Anniversary to Poem of the Month! And a perfect poemto mark the occasion.  In gratitude to you, poem lover.  Avec amour, always.   The Facts of Life That you were born and you will die. That you will sometimes love enough and sometimes not. That you will lie if only to yourself. That you [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Poem of the Month|

December 2019 ~ Everything is Going to be All Right

In the midst of dire reports and insane circus acts on the world stage, it feels right to close the year with this poem.  Crazy maybe, yet to what the poet says, I say, amen, brother.  Bless you, friends. Everything is Going to be All Right How should I not be glad to contemplate the [...]

By |December 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

October 2018 ~ Everything Is Plundered

              This great, much needed poem is a potent antidote to despair.  I'm also using it to celebrate 12 years for Poem of the Month.  According to Kaveh Akbar: "...bewilderment is at the core of every great poem, and in order to be bewildered, you have to be able to wonder." Is this, then, why [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|Poem of the Month|

August 2017 ~ Only Years

I have long loved this poem, deeply touching without a hint of sorrow or regret.  The title is a clue. May your memories, likewise, bring a soft fragrance to your heart. I come back to the cottage in Santa Monica Canyon where Andrée and I were poor and Happy together. Sometimes we Were hungry and [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Poem of the Month|

February 2017 ~ A Ritual To Read To Each Other

Stafford's poem, sobering yet encouraging, is instructive. May your contemplation on his words touch the truth within your own being. If you don't know the kind of person I am and I don't know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god [...]

By |February 1st, 2017|Poem of the Month|

March 2016 ~ Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose For James Dickey Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason, you sing. For no reason, you accept the way of being lost, cutting loose from all else and electing a world where you go where you want to. Arbitrary, sound comes, a reminder that a steady center is holding all else. If you listen, [...]

By |March 1st, 2016|Poem of the Month|

September 2015 ~ Starfish

This is what life does. It lets you walk up to the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you have your eggs, your coffee. Then it sits a fisherman down beside you at the counter who says, Last night, the channel was full of [...]

By |September 1st, 2015|Poem of the Month|

July 2015 ~ Love

Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart. Without knowing it, from various ills— A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. Then he wants to use himself and things So [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Poem of the Month|