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Inspiration: Poems

Poem: “Fable,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mountain and the squirrel Had a quarrel; And the former called the latter "Little Prig." Bun replied, "You are doubtless very big; But all sorts of things and weather Must be taken in together To make up a year And a sphere. And I think it's no disgrace To occupy...

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Poem: “Biscuit,” by Jane Kenyon

The dog has cleaned his bowl and his reward is a biscuit, which I put in his mouth like a priest offering the host. I can't bear that trusting face! He asks for bread, expects bread, and I in my power might have given him a stone.

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Poem: “Make Some Tea,” by Abol Froushan

In order to settle my appetite I’ll have the chocolate chip In order to stomach the cookie I’ll need to make some tea In order to have the tea I’ll put the kettle on and wait for the cooker to do its job In order to have the tea I’ll need to clear the teapot In order...

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Poem: “The Last Wolf,” by Mary TallMountain

The last wolf hurried toward me through the ruined city and I heard his baying echoes down the steep smashed warrens of Montgomery Street and past the ruby-crowned highrises left standing their lighted elevators useless Passing the flicking red and green of traffic...

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Poem: “The World I Live In,” by Mary Oliver

I have refused to live locked in the orderly house of reasons and proofs. The world I live in and believe in Is wider than that. And anyway, what’s wrong with Maybe? You wouldn’t believe what once or twice I have seen. I’ll just tell you this: only if there are angels...

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Poem: “September 1918,” by Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight; The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves; The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, And the houses ran along them laughing out of square, open windows. Under a tree in the park, Two...

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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

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

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

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

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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