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Inspiration: Poems

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...

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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...

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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, It...

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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...

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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 kind. Speak...

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Poem: “Alone,” by Maya Angelou

Poem: “Alone,” by Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don’t believe I’m wrong That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out...

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Poem: “To Do List,” by Rob Baker

Poem: “To Do List,” by Rob Baker

Atop ragged-edged scratch paper I write "Mon." and under this copy Sun.’s uncrossed-off items: "buy birdseed," "b-day e-card to Adele," "call re: basement leak," "bring ashes to cemetery," for instance I notice one task on the Sunday list ("Pour boiling H2O down...

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Poem: “School Prayer,” by Diane Ackerman

Poem: “School Prayer,” by Diane Ackerman

In the name of the daybreak and the eyelids of morning and the wayfaring moon and the night when it departs, I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an...

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Poem: “The Journey,” by Mary Oliver

Poem: “The Journey,” by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice – – – though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. ‘Mend my life!’ each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew...

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Poem: “Questionnaire,” by Wendell Berry

Poem: “Questionnaire,” by Wendell Berry

1. How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the free market and global trade? Please name your preferred poisons. 2. For the sake of goodness, how much evil are you willing to do? Fill in the following blanks with the names of your favorite evils and...

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