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15 Good Morning Poems to Start Your Day

15 Good Morning Poems to Start Your Day

 15 Good Morning Poems to Start Your Day    What better way to start your day than with some good morning poems? Mornings don't just mark the start of a new day. They symbolize new beginnings, transformations, and opportunities. Whether you are in the midst of...

Bullet Points Jericho Brown

Bullet Points Jericho Brown

 Bullet Points —Jericho Brown I will not shoot myselfIn the head, and I will not shoot myselfIn the back, and I will not hang myselfWith a trashbag, and if I do,I promise you, I will not do itIn a police car while handcuffedOr in the jail cell of a townI only know the...

Mary Oliver Morning Poem

Mary Oliver Morning Poem

It's spring! The world is waking up again. Mary Oliver's "Morning Poem" reminds us of the constant cycle of new beginnings. In midwinter, it can be hard to really believe that the world will be green and full of life again. Even if we know it intellectually, we can...

Birches Robert Frost, a poem for mid-winter 2021

Birches Robert Frost, a poem for mid-winter 2021

"Birches" by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems, and a perfect poem for this moment... "Birches" is a beautiful midwinter poem, and I've been thinking about it a lot, especially this pandemic winter, when I've been longing for some escape. In the poem, the...

Swan by Mary Oliver for 2021

Swan by Mary Oliver for 2021

HAPPY 2021! I want to share  "Swan" by Mary Oliver for the new year. This powerful poem by Mary Oliver is about being present and about change. That might sound like a paradox: how can we both be present and invite change? For a long time, I struggled with that...

I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America

A poem for this moment— and every moment. Langston Hughes’ “I, Too” reminds us that everyone deserves a seat at the table. Come over to the post and read the poem and get free writing prompts.

The younger generation: climate activism

The younger generation: climate activism

I’m writing from Maine again. This week, we’re on the coast where, if we’re lucky, we can see the resident seal at the dock. We’re here with my almost-16-year-old daughter, Simone, and two of her friends; since all their summer plans were canceled, our families...

At this Pivotal Time

At this Pivotal Time

From the pandemic to police brutality to the call across the nation and the world for widesweeping reforms, this is a time of change... What we are seeing in the United States has much to do with voice: who is heard, who is listened to, and how do our voices impact...

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 them....

Sylvia Plath Morning Song

Sylvia Plath Morning Song

Sylvia Plath’s “Morning Song” is a poem of greeting new life, that morning of another's becoming. A poem of motherhood and of transition, it is full of love and power. The pulse of life is love itself, mechanical, strong, like a clock, even amidst the uncertainty, the...

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 suggests that the...

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, but it does...

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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