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Poem: “The Pressure of the Moment,” by Dara Wier

Poem: “The Pressure of the Moment,” by Dara Wier

The pressure of the moment can cause someone to kill someone or something The leniency of consideration might treat with more kindness Which is to be desired. Or at least often to be desired. But if my house is on fire and you notice, I wish you would kill That fire....
Poem: “If It Were Up to Me,” by Pat Brisson

Poem: “If It Were Up to Me,” by Pat Brisson

Trucks would be obliged to have inspiring, upbeat messages on their trailers ? like the Kane Truck from Scranton, PA that encourages everyone to Be Your Best Self. Imagine driving a highway being advised to Smile! Sing Along Breathe Deeply Forgive Somebody Stay Calm...
Poem: “Not Perfect,” by Barbara Bloom

Poem: “Not Perfect,” by Barbara Bloom

Sitting in Mrs. Goodman’s fifth-grade class, red-faced and hot from lunch recess, I bent over my Spanish/English dictionary, the one we’d made from lined paper, folding it in half lengthwise, stapling it down the middle, English on one side, Spanish on the other, our...
Poem: “Anger,” by Charles and Mary Lamb

Poem: “Anger,” by Charles and Mary Lamb

Anger in its time and place May assume a kind of grace. It must have some reason in it, And not last beyond a minute. If to further lengths it go, It does into malice grow. ‘Tis the difference that we see Twixt the serpent and the bee. If the latter you provoke,...
Poem: “The Broken,” by Alberto Rios

Poem: “The Broken,” by Alberto Rios

Something is always broken. Nothing is perfect longer than a day – Every roof has a broken tile, Every mouth a chipped tooth. Something is always broken But the world endures the break: The broken twig is how we follow the trail. The broken promise is the one we...
Poem:  “Speak Gently,” by David Bates

Poem: “Speak Gently,” by David Bates

Speak gently! – It is better far To rule by love, than fear – Speak gently – let not harsh words mar The good we might do here! Speak gently! – Love doth whisper low The vows that true hearts bind; And gently Friendship’s accents flow; Affection’s voice is...