April 30th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Jersey Rain by Robert Pinsky Now near the end of the middle stretch of roadWhat have I learned? Some earthly wiles. An art.That often I cannot tell good fortune from bad,That once had seemed so easy to tell apart. The source of art and woe aslant in windDissolves or nourishes everything it touches.What roadbank gulliesContinue reading “April 30th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 29th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

the beach at sunset by Eloise Klein Healy The cliff above where we stand is crumblingand up on the Palisadesthe sidewalks buckle like a broken conveyer belt. Art Deco palm trees sway their hula skirtsin perfect unisonagainst a backdrop of gorgeous blue, and for you I would try it,though I have always forbidden myself toContinue reading “April 29th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 28th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

LOVE POEM TO LOS ANGELES by Luis J. Rodriguez with a respectful nod to Jack Hirschman 1. To say I love Los Angeles is to say I love its shadows and nightlights, its meandering streets, the stretch of sunset-colored beaches. It’s to say I love the squawking wild parrots, the palm trees that fail toContinue reading “April 28th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 27th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

To The Young Who Want To Die by Gwendolyn Brooks Sit down. Inhale. Exhale.The gun will wait. The lake will wait.The tall gall in the small seductive vialwill wait will wait:will wait a week: will wait through April.You do not have to die this certain day.Death will abide, will pamper your postponement.I assure you deathContinue reading “April 27th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 26th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón More than the fuchsia funnels breaking outof the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’salmost obscene display of cherry limbs shovingtheir cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slatesky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the treesthat really gets to me. When all the shock of whiteand taffy, theContinue reading “April 26th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 25th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Good Bones by Maggie Smith Life is short, though I keep this from my children.Life is short, and I’ve shortened minein a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,a thousand deliciously ill-advised waysI’ll keep from my children. The world is at leastfifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservativeestimate, though I keep this from my children.For every bird thereContinue reading “April 25th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 24, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Among Women by Marie Ponsot What women wander?Not many. All. A few.Most would, now & then,& no wonder.Some, and I’m one,Wander sitting still.My small grandmotherBought from every peddlerLess for the ribbons and laceThan for their scentOf sleep where you will,Walk out when you want, chooseYour bread and your company. She warned me, “Have nothing toContinue reading “April 24, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 23rd, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Here’s To The End Of This Chapter by Danielle Doby To all the late nights, early mornings, learnings gained and experiences shared. Here’s to the hardships that became our teachers. To the heaviness that taught us how to rise again. And to the people who would stop their world to sit and celebrate our presence.Continue reading “April 23rd, 2021 – National Poetry Month”