Love Shack

    Come, Let Us Find by William Henry Davies Come, let us find a cottage, love, That’s green for half a mile around; To laugh at every grumbling bee, Whose sweetest blossom’s not yet found. Where many a bird shall sing for you, And in your garden build its nest: They’ll sing for you […]

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After a long absence

Despite good intentions (isn’t this always the way), I didn’t get much done on PoemElf during the month of August.  Vacation and sloth kept me away from the computer, and then the fall, spinal cord injury, massive infection and passing of my dear father-in-law.  I loved him so much. On returning from his funeral, I […]

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gone, baby, gone

Then by Eavan Boland Where are the lives we lived when we were young? Our kisses, the heat of our skin, our bitter words? The first waking to the first child’s cry? With just three questions and four lines, Irish poet Eavan Boland pulls up memories for me so swiftly and so abundantly that the […]

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Danger on the rocks

Siren Song BY MARGARET ATWOOD This is the one song everyone would like to learn: the song that is irresistible:   the song that forces men to leap overboard in squadrons even though they see the beached skulls   the song nobody knows because anyone who has heard it is dead, and the others can’t […]

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Bad judgment at the airport

    The Overhead Rack  By John Updike Worst of all, and most hated by me
 as I sit docilely crammed into my seat,
 crammed and strapped like a psychotic in restraints, are these bland-faced complacent graduates 
of business school, trained to give each other 
and the rest of the poor world the business,
 who […]

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Congratulations, Mr. Merwin

  poem is taped to trashcan Yesterday By W.S. Merwin   My friend says I was not a good son you understand I say yes I understand                                              – he says I did not go to see my parents very often you know and I say yes I know                                             – even when I was […]

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