27
November

A Glass Shattered

I was inspired to write this poem after reading a biography of Sylvia Plath and then reading some of her poetry. Sylvia was a brilliant poet who suffered from severe bouts of depression and suicidal tendencies most of her life. How she was treated by those closest to her, especially her husband, make her life a dramatic example of how not to relate with people suffering from mental illness.

A Glass Shattered
by Richard Stephen

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23
November

Misao Fujimura’s Farewell Poem

Misao Fujimura (July 1886 – May 22, 1903) was a Japanese philosophy student and poet remembered primarily for this farewell poem.  He was born in Hokkaido, the grandson of a samurai. He attended middle school in Sapporo and a prep school in Tokyo to prepare for the Imperial University there.

Fujimura fell in love with Tamiko, who rejected him in favor of Tatsukichi Minobe, whom she later married. Distraught, he went to Kegon Falls in Nikko. He wrote this farewell poem on the trunk of a tree before committing suicide by jumping.  He was not yet 17 years old.  His farewell poem is tragic, touching and beautiful.  I find the last six lines particularly haunting.
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21
November

The Sorrow of Love by W. B. Yeats

THE SORROW OF LOVE

by: W.B. Yeats

The quarrel of the sparrows in the eaves,
The full round moon and the star-laden sky,
And the loud song of the ever-singing leaves,
Had hid away earth’s old and weary cry.
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14
November

Questions? by Tim Jones

My son, Tim, continues to amaze me with his lyrics, raps and beats.  Here is one of his latest, a very honest, searching and introspective piece.  It definitely has his trademark style and sounds a bit street but that is the idea, after all.  I think I need to encourage his writing even more.

 

Questions?

i look to the light all i do is wince,
been a creature of the night ever since,
heard stories of god, satan and angels,
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9
November

To Julia by Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick

I continue to find wonderful little poems by the romantic Cavalier poet, Robert Herrick.  Herrick wrote a number of these four-line poems, called quatrains, to the objects of his love.  At risk of sounding sappy, if you visualize what he writes in this quatrain, you can’t help but find it romantic.

To Julia
by Robert Herrick

Julia, when thy Herrick dies,
Close thou up thy poet’s eyes;
And his last breath, let it be
Taken in by none but thee.

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7
November

Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins

Introduction to Poetry
by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
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4
November

Ten Things I Wish

Inspired by a conversation about what would you wish for if you had 3 wishes, I decided to expand that to 10 wishes. This poem is the result of my more altruistic self.

Ten Things I Wish

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