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Archives - April 2010

April 1, 2010

I have no riches but my thoughts,

Yet these are wealth enough for me

– Sara Teasdale, “Riches”

April 2, 2010

Come, my friends.

'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die.

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”

April 3, 2010

Grief may be joy misunderstood

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “De Profundis”

April 4, 2010

Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie:

A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.

– George Herbert, “The Church Porch”

April 5, 2010

Fame is a bee.

It has a song—

It has a sting—

Ah, too, it has a wing.

– Emily Dickinson, “Fame is a bee”

April 6, 2010

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

– Langston Hughes, “Dreams”

April 7, 2010

We have within ourselves

Enough to fill the present day with joy,

And overspread the future years with hope.

– William Wordsworth, “The Recluse”

April 8, 2010

I like to find

what's not found

at once, but lies

within something of another nature,

in repose, distinct.

– Denise Levertov, “Pleasures”

April 9, 2010

Blest hour! It was a luxury -- to be!

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement”

April 10, 2010

Silence more musical than any song.

– Christina Rossetti, “Sonnet. Rest”

April 11, 2010

When I died last, and dear, I die

As often as from thee I go.

– Johne Donne, “The Legacy”

April 12, 2010

I believe in the flesh and the appetites,

Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of

is a miracle.

– Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” 24

April 13, 2010

When we come to it

We must confess that we are the possible

We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world

That is when, and only when

We come to it.

– Maya Angelou, “A Brave and Startling Truth”

April 14, 2010

Never ask of money spent

Where the spender thinks it went.

Nobody was ever meant

To remember or invent

What he did with every cent.

– Robert Frost, “The Hardship of Accounting”

April 15, 2010

Teach me half the gladness

That thy brain must know,

Such harmonious madness

From my lips would flow

The world should listen then -- as I am listening now.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To a Skylark”

April 16, 2010

Keep a poem in your pocket

and a picture in your head

and you’ll never feel lonely

at night when you’re in bed.

– Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket”

April 17, 2010

Being, not doing, is my first joy.

– Theodore Roethke, "The Abyss," l. 100

April 18, 2010

To love another is something

like prayer and it can't be planned, you just fall

into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.

– Anne Sexton, “Admonitions to a Special Person”

April 19, 2010

What's drinking?

A mere pause from thinking!

– George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Deformed Transformed, Act III, sc. i

April 20, 2010

Only be willing to search for poetry, and there will be

My soul, a tiny speck, is my tutor.

Evening sun and fragrant grass are common things,

But, with understanding, they can become glorious verse.

– Yuan Mei, “Only Be Willing to Search for Poetry”

April 21, 2010

Our torments also may in length of time

Become our elements.

– John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book ii, 274

April 22, 2010

What did my fingers do before they held him?

What did my heart do, with its love?

– Sylvia Plath, “Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices”

April 23, 2010

I count life just a stuff

To try the soul's strength on.

– Robert Browning, "In a Balcony," line 651

April 24, 2010

Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of

Many a poem is marred by a superfluous verse.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Elegiac Verse”

April 25, 2010

It is brave to be involved

To be not fearful to be unresolved.

– Gwendolyn Brooks, “do not be afraid of no” from ANNIE ALLEN

April 26, 2010

Time can but make it easier to be wise

Though now it seems impossible, and so

All that you need is patience.

– William Butler Yeats, “The Folly of Being Comforted”

April 27, 2010

'Tis the pest

Of love, that fairest joys give most unrest.

– John Keats, “Endymion” Bk. II, l. 365

April 28, 2010

Yet, do thy worst old Time: despite thy wrong,

My love shall in my verse ever live young.

– William Shakespeare, Sonnet XIX

April 29, 2010

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all
this fiddle.

Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers

It after all, a place for the genuine.

– Marianne Moore, “Poetry”

April 30, 2010

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.

– Alice Roosevelt Longworth