Category: by Bud Bloom

  • From Pining Poem to Haunting Anthem: "Dark Eyes" by Yevhen Hrebinka

        Duration 2:12 Chet Atkins (1924-2001)     _____     originally a poem in Ukrainian     by Yevhen Hrebinka (1812-48)     composer unknown     Dark Eyes (The Gypsy Anthem)     Eyes of ecstacy, always haunting me, Always taunting me, with your mystery, Tell me tenderly, you belong to me […]

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  • Verse for Veterans: First Foe to Flanders Fields

            by Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)     To Lucasta, Going to the Wars     Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,       That from the nunnery Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind       To war and arms I fly. True, a new mistress now I chase, […]

  • September 30, 2006: Massacre. September 29, 1960: Tenzin Gyatsu’s prayer.

            May I become at all times, both now and forever A protector for those without protection A guide for those have lost their way A ship for those with oceans to cross A bridge for those with rivers to cross A sanctuary for those in danger A lamp for those without […]

  • I am sorry you had to leave Reine

        in response to Linda Ronstadt singing Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou”         alongside a Dag Hol painting of Reine, Lofoten, when unfinished         I am sorry you had to leave Reine     You could not stay with me, a middle-aged woman of the fjord, who from birth […]

  • Wrestling With Poetry in November

      by Homer (ca. 8th century BCE)   translated by Alexander Pope (1688-1744)   The Iliad   Book 23: Funeral Games in Honour of Patroclus [wherein Achilles bestows on Nestor the unawarded fifth prize, the two-handled urn]               Achilles this to reverend Nestor bears.           […]

  • The All Time Top Ten Greatest Poems of Scotland

            In their article called Jeelie Piece Song is among our best poems, The Sunday Times of Scotland reports that “listeners of BBC Radio Scotland” have chosen Scotland’s favorite all time top 20 poems. These are included in the new book, edited by Stewart Conn, titled 100 Favourite Scottish Poems: The Nation’s […]

  • Daniel Webster: Great American Orator on Poetry

        Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury or Franklin, New Hampshire in 1782, and died in Marshfield Massachusetts in 1852. He was a constitutional attorney, a US Senator, and a great orator. He opposed war, and sought compromise. Some say it is because of his compromising that he did not attain the presidency. It […]