Tag Archives: Poetry

We Are All Invited —

  Come, come whoever you are, Wanderer, worshipper, lover of learning, It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, come yet again, come. —-     Jelalu’ddin … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PORTRAIT: violet

In contrast to cheery Johnny Jump-ups and bold-faced pansies, there’s an introverted branch of the Violaceae family. Violets, true violets, are modest and demure. They shelter underneath their heart-shaped leaves, and even great masses of them never seem to call attention to themselves. Unless … Continue reading

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Appearance and Deception —

We were happily wandering in a lovely area of the fabulous gardens at Chanticleer, in Wayne, PA, when we came across a dark stone Hermit’s Pool with fast-running water: It took a while for the shock to register. The photo reminds me of one of British … Continue reading

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Spring in the Heart

Coming along the mountain path Somehow it tugs my heart Wild violet (trans. Lesley Downer) The mercury slunk down to – 12 Fahrenheit last night. Or thereabouts. At such low temperatures, what difference does it make? All is white, white, … Continue reading

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What Matters in the End?

Here is one answer, from playwright, author, actor Alice Childress:  “Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.” And here is another, from … Continue reading

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Getting Up Early in the Morning?

I know lots of people who do, but I don’t. (Normally, that is. This photo is an anomaly.) The warm shelter of the quilt is too cozy, my body insists on just a few more minutes — and then a … Continue reading

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INNUMERACY

I think I’ve confessed this publicly before: I am innumerate. What an illiterate is among letters, I am among numbers. It’s a skill I don’t possess. A magnetic field, or rather anti-magnetic field, surrounds me, and I repel mathematical understanding. … Continue reading

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