Daily Poem: I Praise that Silent Listener

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Today’s poem is a lovely piece from Vidya (also known as Vijjaka), the seventh century female Sanskrit poet. I praise that silent listener her whole body bristling— only a poet linking words with ineluctable cadence can touch her insides with fire.

Daily Poem: It’ll Shine When It Shines

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Today’s poem is actually one of my favorite songs to listen to when life seems bleak and hopeless. You don’t have to like country music to appreciate this sweet, simple tune about the comforts to be found in daily life, and it ties nicely to today’s draw. Wishing you a comfortable and blessed Equinox. It’ll […]

Daily Poem: When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats

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Today’s poem for Hela is one of my favorites poems, from one of my favorite poets. When You Are Old When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their […]

Daily Poem: To a Young Girl, by W.B. Yeats

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I’ve been feeling under the weather the past few days (and my, have we had a lot of weather to feel under!), so no draws to post. However, today’s poem is one of my favorites, so I am making  sure it’s posted. To A Young Girl Mt dear, my dear, I know More than another […]

Daily Poem: The Night Dances, by Sylvia Plath

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The Night Dances A smile fell in the grass. Irretrievable! And how will your night dances Lose themselves. In mathematics? Such pure leaps and spirals— Surely they travel The world forever, I shall not entirely Sit emptied of beauties, the gift Of your small breath, the drenched grass Smell of your sleeps, lilies, lilies. Their […]

Today’s Poem: Aspecta Medusa (for a Drawing), by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Rossetti wrote this poem based on his drawing of Medusa: Aspecta Medusa (for a Drawing) Andromeda, by Perseus sav’d and wed, Hanker’d each day to see the Gorgon’s head: Till o’er a fount he held it, bade her lean, And mirror’d in the wave was safely seen That death she liv’d by. Let not thine […]

Today’s Poem: from Notes on My Father, by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke

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from Notes on My Father The old man moved into his night a boat all lights on the evening harbor. The island was in small spring, The sun came out suddenly struck the tiles and disappeared again. What could the old man know now of spring? He spelled it out like a child the ABCs […]

Today’s Poem: Be Softer With You, By Nayyirah Waheed

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Today’s poem (selected at random) connects perfectly with today’s draw.   Be softer with you. You are a breathing thing. A memory to someone. A home to a life. ~Nayyirah Waheed

Today’s Poem: She Walks in Beauty, by George Gordon, Lord Byron

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Today’s poem is an evocative meditation on beauty. I hope it brings some beauty to your day as well. She Walks in Beauty She walks in beauty, like the night    Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright    Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that […]

Today’s Poem: The Joys of Love, by Giovanni Martini

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Today’s poem is mostly sweet, a little melancholy. The Joys of Love The joys of love Seem like a moment or two. The pain of love Endures the whole life through. Your eyes kissed mine. I saw the love in them shine. You brought me heaven right then, When your eyes kissed mine. My love […]

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