Category: occasional poetry

  • The Ella Wheeler Wilcox Top 30 Countdown

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919, was an American poet and mystic, one of the two poets I can find who was labelled as Poet Laureate of Humanity, the other being Rumi. As Rumi is today, she was known to be the most read poet in America in her time. There is much to find about her […]

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  • Some Embers & Sonnets of Gilbert Parker

        Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker (1862-1932)     Gilbert Parker of Ontario, Canada, is known primarily as a novelist and politician. He was also a poet. The below selection of his poetry is from his collections, Embers and A Lover’s Diary.     _____     Athenian     Your voice I knew, […]

  • Butterfly Wisdom, poet unknown

            Gutenberg.org has recently uploaded a book called Pages for Laughing Eyes by Unknown. In it are short yarns for children, some themed to the winter holidays, and quite a few poems, making it a good book to take out for bedtime stories. Two of the poems, “Butterfly Wisdom” and “When I […]

  • Warning: A stark poem on the gruesome murder of Addie Hall

            _____     Something than which nothing greater can be thought so truly exists that it is not possible to think of it as not existing. –Anselm of Aosta     Saint Anselm and the Murder of Addie Hall in New Orleans on October 5, 2006     1. Unbelievable, overwhelmingly […]

  • Over Emily Dickinson’s for Thanksgiving: 16 Poems

        Emily Dickinson 1830-1886     _____     A Bird came down the Walk                 A Bird came down the Walk–             He did not know I saw–             He bit an Angleworm in halves   […]

  • 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 […]