Isolation: To Marguerite By Matthew Arnold

Isolation: To Marguerite By Matthew Arnold We were apart; yet, day by day,I bade my heart more constant be.I bade it keep the world away,And grow a home for only thee;Nor fear’d but thy love likewise grew,Like mine, each day, more tried, more true. The fault was grave! I might have known,What far too soon, alas! […]

The Day After My Father’s Death By Bill Knott

The Day After My Father’s Death By Bill Knott It’s too complex to explain, but I was already in the orphanage when dad died; and so that day when I cried, to keep the other children safe from my infectious grief they left me in lockdown in some office where I found piles of comicbooks […]

The Same Boat By Julie Sheldon

The Same Boat By Julie Sheldon ‘We’re all in the same boat’ they sayBut I would disagreeSo many different sailing craftsUpon this stormy sea Some sail on ocean linersIn comfort, style, and easeRelaxing on their balconies….Sipping their G & Ts Some speed along in motor boatsAs if it’s all ok……With little care for smaller craftsWhich […]

Requiem By Anna Akhmatova

Requiem By Anna Akhmatova Not under foreign skies protection Or saving wings of alien birth – I was then there – with whole my nation –There, where my nation, alas! was. 1961 Copyright © by the owner. Discover More Poetry

R.S.V.P. By Jeanne Marie Beaumont

R.S.V.P. By Jeanne Marie Beaumont The road out front is all torn up and has remained that way for a long time. One day they tractor-pulled the trunk of a fallen tree, its roots undone by the doings. Saw crews came in and buzzed for days like a disturbed hive. I could not save the […]

Karaoke Night At The Asylum By Jennifer Givhan

Karaoke Night At The Asylum By Jennifer Givhan When I was eleven, Mama sang karaokeat the asylum. For family night, she’d chosen Billie Holiday, & while she sang, my brother, afretted possum, clung to me near the punch bowl. I remember herthen, already coffin-legged— mustard grease on her plain dress,the cattails of her hair thwapping […]