October 28, 2022

“Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

Alone From childhood’s hour I have not beenAs others were—I have not seenAs others saw—I could not bringMy passions from a common spring—From the same source I have not takenMy sorrow—I could not awakenMy heart… Continue Reading

September 16, 2022

“In the Meadow” by Ameen Rihani

In the Meadow The shadow of thy curls I see          Upon thy lovely face;And just a little wish is mine—          The shadow to embrace. On thy black… Continue Reading

April 8, 2022

“I, Too” by Langston Hughes

I, Too I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at… Continue Reading

November 12, 2021

“Fame is a fickle food” by Emily Dickinson

Fame is a fickle food Fame is a fickle foodUpon a shifting plateWhose table once aGuest but notThe second time is setWhose crumbs the crows inspectAnd with ironic cawFlap past it to theFarmer’s cornMen eat… Continue Reading

June 18, 2021

“To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing his Works” by Phillis Wheatley

To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing his Works To show the lab’ring bosom’s deep intent,And thought in living characters to paint,When first thy pencil did those beauties give,And breathing figures learnt from thee… Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

“Dog” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Dog The dog trots freely in the streetand sees realityand the things he seesare bigger than himselfand the things he seesare his realityDrunks in doorwaysMoons on treesThe dog trots freely thru the streetand the things… Continue Reading

December 4, 2020

“If The World Was Crazy” by Shel Silverstein

If The World Was Crazy If the world was crazy, you know what I’d eat?A big slice of soup and a whole quart of meatA lemonade sandwich, and then I might trySome roasted ice cream… Continue Reading

December 4, 2020

“Eighteen Flavors” by Shel Silverstein

Eighteen Flavors Eighteen luscious, scrumptious flavors—Chocolate, lime and cherry,Coffee, pumpkin, fudge-banana,Caramel cream and boysenberry,Rocky road and toasted almond,Butterscotch, vanilla dip,Butter-brickle, apple ripple,Coconut and mocha chip,Brandy peach and lemon custard,Each scoop lovely, smooth, and round,Tallest ice-cream… Continue Reading

December 4, 2020

“Dirty Face” by Shel Silverstein

Dirty Face Where did you get such a dirty face,My darling dirty-faced child? I got it from crawling along in the dirtAnd biting two buttons off Jeremy’s shirt.I got it from chewing the roots of… Continue Reading

November 6, 2020

“Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy (read by Sean Connery)

Ithaka As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Laistrygonians, Cyclops, angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them: you’ll never find things like that on… Continue Reading