Category Archives: Poems

Thank you, Tony Hoagland

“There Is No Word” by Tony Hoagland There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack that should have been bagged in double layers —so that before you … Continue reading

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“Thinking for Berky” by William Stafford

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, so for my first post of my favorite season, I’m diving in with a great splash of a poem. “Thinking for Berky” by William Stafford In the late night listening from bed I have joined the … Continue reading

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Cheating Death (By Calling in Sick)

I feel just fine, but I called in sick this morning. Once a year or so, I take a mental health day. It’s 11 degrees below zero, so I won’t be able to work in the garden. I work in … Continue reading

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“The Cranes, Texas January” by Mark Sanders

 “The Cranes, Texas January” by Mark Sanders I call my wife outdoors to have her listen, to turn her ears upward, beyond the cloud-veiled sky where the moon dances thin light, to tell her, “Don’t hear the cars on the … Continue reading

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“little tree” by e.e. cummings

I think this poem has been popularized as a children’s book because it’s so beautiful being read aloud. Give it a try. “little tree” by e.e. cummings little tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more … Continue reading

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“November for Beginners” by Rita Dove

“November for Beginners” by Rita Dove Snow would be the easy way out—that softening sky like a sigh of relief at finally being allowed to yield. No dice. We stack twigs for burning in glistening patches but the rain won’t … Continue reading

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“Trust” by Thomas R. Smith

A few nights ago, over pizza, I found myself debating with my brother-in-law about whether the world is a morally better place now than it was 1,000 years ago and that humans are an intelligent species (his stance), or if it’s a morally worse … Continue reading

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