July 1, 2022

“Life” by Marilyn Monroe

Life Life— I am of both your directions Existing more with the cold frost Strong as a cobweb in the wind Hanging downward the most Somehow remaining Those beaded rays have the colors I’ve seen… Continue Reading

June 24, 2022

“A Portable Paradise” by Roger Robinson

A Portable Paradise And if I speak of Paradise, then I’m speaking of my grandmother who told me to carry it always on my person, concealed, so no one else would know but me. That… Continue Reading

June 17, 2022

“From the Sustaining Air” by Larry Eigner

From the Sustaining Air from the sustaining air fresh air There is the clarity of a shore And shadow,    mostly,    brilliance summer the billows of August When, wandering, I look from my page… Continue Reading

June 10, 2022

“I Worried” by Mary Oliver

I Worried I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not how shall I correct it? Was… Continue Reading

June 3, 2022

“I Sing the Body Electric” by Walt Whitman

I Sing the Body Electric 1I sing the body electric,The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,And discorrupt… Continue Reading

May 27, 2022

“Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou

Caged Bird A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But… Continue Reading

May 20, 2022

“For Mauna a Wākea” by Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

For Mauna a Wākea It’s been 300 days since I first laid in your armsFirst felt the chill of your kiss on my skin You brought me to the thin line between life and deathBetween… Continue Reading

May 13, 2022

“The Song of Despair” by Pablo Neruda

The Song of Despair The memory of you emerges from the night around me.The river mingles its stubborn lament with the sea. Deserted like the wharves at dawn.It is the hour of departure, oh deserted… Continue Reading

May 6, 2022

“I Ask My Mother to Sing” by Li-Young Lee

I Ask My Mother to Sing She begins, and my grandmother joins her.Mother and daughter sing like young girls.If my father were alive, he would playhis accordion and sway like a boat. I’ve never been… Continue Reading

April 29, 2022

“Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Kindness Before you know what kindness really isyou must lose things,feel the future dissolve in a momentlike salt in a weakened broth.What you held in your hand,what you counted and carefully saved,all this must go… Continue Reading