July 24, 2020

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

Invictus Out of the night that covers me,          Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be          For my unconquerable soul. In the… Continue Reading

July 17, 2020

“God” by Langston Hughes

God I am God— Without one friend, Alone in my purity World without end. Below me young lovers Tread the sweet ground— But I am God— I cannot come down. Spring! Life is love! Love… Continue Reading

July 9, 2020

“This Morning” by Mary Oliver

This Morning This morning the redbirds’ eggs have hatched and already the chicks are chirping for food. They don’t know where it’s coming from, they just keep shouting, “More! More!” As to anything else, they… Continue Reading

July 2, 2020

“Dawn Revisited” by Rita Dove

Dawn Revisited Imagine you wake upwith a second chance: The blue jayhawks his pretty waresand the oak still stands, spreadingglorious shade. If you don’t look back, the future never happens.How good to rise in sunlight,in… Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

“Desire” by Alice Walker

Desire My desireis always the same; wherever Lifedeposits me:I want to stick my toe& soon my whole bodyinto the water.I want to shake out a fat broom& sweep dried leavesbruised blossomsdead insects& dust.I want to… Continue Reading

May 22, 2020

“I Am Not Seaworthy” by Toni Morrison

I Am Not Seaworthy I am not seaworthy. Look how the fish mistake my hair for home. I had a life, like you. I shouldn’t be riding the sea. I am not seaworthy. Let me… Continue Reading

May 14, 2020

“My Lover Who Lives Far” by Camille Dungy

My Lover Who Lives Far My lover, who lives far away, opens the door to my room          and offers supper in a bowl made of his breath. The stew has boiled… Continue Reading

May 1, 2020

“Meditation 17” a film by Robert Bingaman

No Man is an Island No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea,… Continue Reading

April 30, 2020

“Don’t Bother the Earth Spirit” by Joy Harjo

Don't the Earth Spirit Don’t bother the earth spirit who lives here. She is working on a story. It is the oldest story in the world and it is delicate, changing. If she sees you… Continue Reading

April 24, 2020

“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd 1When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. Ever-returning… Continue Reading