I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America

Today I want to share a poem, “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes. In this poem, Hughes expresses both the great shame of the inequities built into American life and the potential, beauty and need to change also built into American life. The poem responds to...
This morning (for the girls of eastern high school)

This morning (for the girls of eastern high school)

In “this morning…” Lucille Clifton sees herself in the young girls she sees going to school. IN others, she sees herself, and she celebrates these young black women for their beauty and strength even despite a culture that often does not recognize or respect...
Rumi The Breeze at Dawn

Rumi The Breeze at Dawn

Rumi’s “The Breeze at Dawn” reminds us to step into the day, into wakefulness. Wherever we find ourselves, there are opportunities. This is a poem not only about morning, but about any transition, the transition from night to day, life to death. It...
This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

“This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” is a beautiful poem to greet the morning, the morning of the wise heart, the heart that is able to see both injustice and love, that is able to feel both anger and blessing. It does not ask us necessarily to forgive,...
Rainer Maria Rilke God’s True Cloak

Rainer Maria Rilke God’s True Cloak

Rainer Maria Rilke’s “God’s True Cloak” denounces the ways in which images and forms of hierarchy separate us from direct connection to God, spirit, and the world around us. He addresses the mist directly and suggests that we project worldly images onto the natural...

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