Inspiration: Poems

Poem: When the world goes mad,” by John Roedel

Poem: When the world goes mad,” by John Roedel

when the world goes mad be wildly kind to everyone everyone everyone ~ you can’t control much but you control how you treat others in these breaking news heartbreaking times when nothing feels certain let your raw kindness be a certainty allow your compassion to...

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Poem: “Never Again,” by Stevie Smith

Poem: “Never Again,” by Stevie Smith

Never again will I weep And wring my hands And beat my head against the wall Because Me nolentem fata trahunt* But When I have had enough I will arise And go unto my Father And I will say to Him: Father, I have had enough. *Because fate drags me, unwilling." Me...

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CONTINUE: a poem, by Maya Angelou

CONTINUE: a poem, by Maya Angelou

My wish for you Is that you continue          Continue To be who and how you are To astonish a mean world With your acts of kindness          Continue To allow humor to lighten the burden Of your tender heart          Continue In a society dark with cruelty To let the...

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Poem: “If You Could Go Back,” by Danny Bryck

Poem: “If You Could Go Back,” by Danny Bryck

I know, I know If you could go back you would walk with Jesus You would march with King Maybe assassinate Hitler At least hide Jews in your basement It would all be clear to you But people then, just like you were baffled, had bills to pay and children they didn’t...

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Poem: “Some,” by Daniel Berrigan

Poem: “Some,” by Daniel Berrigan

Some stood up once, and sat down. Some walked a mile, and walked away. Some stood up twice, then sat down. “It’s too much,” they cried. Some walked two miles, then walked away. “I’ve had it,” they cried, Some stood and stood and stood. They were taken for fools, they...

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Poem: “Politeness,” by A.A. Milne

Poem: “Politeness,” by A.A. Milne

If people ask me, I always tell them: "Quite well, thank you, I'm very glad to say." If people ask me, I always answer, "Quite well, thank you, how are you to-day?" I always answer, I always tell them, If they ask me Politely..... BUT SOMETIMES I wish That they...

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Poem: “Resilience,” by Keith Westwater

Poem: “Resilience,” by Keith Westwater

Mathematicians     have worked out how to calculate     the bounciness of a ball: (the coefficient of this x the cosine of that) +   the differential of today's weather     all ÷ by a piece of string     (and the speed of the train) = the same as    dropping different...

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“Keeping Quiet” By Pablo Neruda

“Keeping Quiet” By Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth, let's not speak in any language; let's stop for a second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines; we would all be together in...

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Poem: “For Courage,” by John O’Donohue

Poem: “For Courage,” by John O’Donohue

When the light around lessens And your thoughts darken until Your body feels fear turn Cold as a stone inside, When you find yourself bereft Of any belief in yourself And all you unknowingly Leaned on has fallen, When one voice commands Your whole heart, And it is...

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Poem: “The Guest House,” by Rumi

Poem: “The Guest House,” by Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its...

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Poem: “Think of Others,”, by Mahmoud Darwish

Poem: “Think of Others,”, by Mahmoud Darwish

As you prepare your breakfast — think of others. Don’t forget to feed the pigeons. As you conduct your wars — think of others. Don’t forget those who want peace. As you pay your water bill — think of others. Think of those who have only the clouds to drink from. As...

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Poem: “Mimesis,”  By Fady Joudah

Poem: “Mimesis,” By Fady Joudah

My daughter wouldn’t hurt a spider That had nested Between her bicycle handles For two weeks She waited Until it left of its own accord If you tear down the web I said It will simply know This isn’t a place to call home And you’d get to go biking She said that’s how...

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Poem: “Allowables,” by Nikki Giovanni

Poem: “Allowables,” by Nikki Giovanni

I killed a spider Not a murderous brown recluse Nor even a black widow And if the truth were told this Was only a small Sort of papery spider Who should have run When I picked up the book But she didn't And she scared me And I smashed her I don't think I'm allowed To...

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