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To An Egg

(My friend and fellow Robert Burns admirer, Argyle Schield, continues to search for undiscovered  collections of Burns’ work.  Not long ago he discovered, in a dust covered chest in some attic or cellar in Scotland, a set of what he … Continue reading

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Autumn Movement

Carl Sandburg I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts. The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds. The northwest wind … Continue reading

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Three Years of Memorizing Poems

This month I’m celebrating an anniversary all my own.  Three years ago in August, I started memorizing poems. When I first heard about the idea, it hit me immediately like the right one, something I was primed for.  Sometimes when … Continue reading

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The List of Poems I’ve memorized

This is an updated list of the poems I’ve memorized in alphabetical order of the poet’s first name.  In choosing poems to memorize, I sometimes select seasonally appropriate verse.  I also balance light with serious.  I memorize poems suited for … Continue reading

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Dreams

Langston Hughes Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.

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The Parting Kiss

Robert Burns Humid seal of soft affections, Tenderest pledge of future bliss, Dearest tie of young connections, Love’s first snowdrop, virgin kiss! Speaking silence, dumb confession, Passion’s birth, and infant’s play, Dove-like fondness, chaste concession, Glowing dawn of future day! … Continue reading

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The New Colossus

Emma Lazarus, 1883 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and … Continue reading

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Trees

Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy … Continue reading

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A Drink With Something In It

Ogden Nash There is something about a Martini, A tingle remarkably pleasant; A yellow, a mellow Martini; I wish that I had one at present. There is something about a Martini, Ere the dining and dancing begin, And to tell … Continue reading

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Red, Red, Rose

Robert Burns O, My Luve’s Like A Red, Red Rose O my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie, That’s sweetly play’d in tune. As fair art thou, my bonie … Continue reading

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