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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...

On the Pulse of Morning

On the Pulse of Morning

“On the Pulse of Morning”was read at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Maya Angelou was the first African American and woman to read at the inauguration and the first poet. The poem calls for unity and collective responsibility for social and global...

Composed upon Westminster Bridge

Composed upon Westminster Bridge

"Composed upon Westminster Bridge" is a beautiful tribute to the dawn, to the opening of morning. A poem of praise and appreciation, the poem reminds us to stop and look around. We're so busy rushing, we often don't take the time to notice the beauty of the world...

Those Winter Sundays

Those Winter Sundays

"Those Winter Sundays" is a beautiful poem about being a parent and a child, and about waking up both into the angers of the house and the warmth of a fire build by caring hands. Like so many profound poems, this poem shows both the anger and the warmth side by side....

Jericho Brown Foreday in the Morning

Jericho Brown Foreday in the Morning

Jericho Brown's "Foreday in the Morning" is a profound exploration into love, belonging, the challenges of inequality and racism, and the power of the human spirit, even in the face of the difficult and confusing. This is also a moving poem and tribute to mothers and...

Leaving Baidi in the Morning

Leaving Baidi in the Morning

Leaving Baidi in the MorningLi Bai (translated by KG Jackson) Li Bai wrote his famous “Leaving Baidi in the Morning” while sailing down the Yangtze River on his way home from exile. Translated from Chinese, the poem maximizes brevity, yet the silences between each...

Li Young-Lee Early in the Morning

Li Young-Lee Early in the Morning

Li-Young Lee's "Early in the Morning" explores the nuances of love. He reflects on his childhood and remembers his mother’s ritual of making breakfast and doing her hair. This is a kind of love poem to the mother, from his son and also through the way the son imagines...

Everything Awake Sasha Steensen

Everything Awake Sasha Steensen

Everything Awake by Sasha Steensen is a book about awakeness. Literally written in periods of insomnia, the book is about being aware of the world in all its sensitive details. Steensen herself writes "Everything Awake was written during a dreamy, disorienting peiod...

How To Publish A Poetry Book

How To Publish A Poetry Book

If you are thinking about how to publish a poetry book, I recommend that you read this guide. It will walk you through the important steps of publishing a poetry book and will give you the tools you need, over the long term, to learn how to get poetry published. How...

I Said To The Wanting Creature By Kabir

I Said To The Wanting Creature By Kabir

Do you ever have times when words are both helpful and insufficient? This weekend was one of those times. A few months ago, my husband's much younger brother, Jonathan, died of a heart attack. On Saturday, we attended the memorial service. Jon had been living with...

Snowy Night by Mary Oliver

Snowy Night by Mary Oliver

I want to share with you a winter solstice poem. It’s so nice to be able to share what we enjoy and find helpful. The solstice is the darkest time of year, but it also is a time that reminds us of the lights around and within us. Mary Oliver’s poem, “Snowy Night,” is...

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

This happens to me every year: suddenly, without my knowing quite how it happened, it’s the holiday season again. The days are getting darker, and I wonder where all the time has gone. Life passes so quickly! It’s a challenge to keep up, to pay attention and to...

Practicing with Silence

Practicing with Silence

I was away last week at a silent Vipassana retreat in Western Mass. For three days, we meditated at least 10 hours a day and had very few external stimuli. In meditation, we bring our attention inward, to our own internal sensations and practice noticing—but not...

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