My Wage

I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store; For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask, But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task. I worked for a menial’s hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have...

If You Forget Me

I want you to knowone thing.  You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window, if I touch near the fire the impalpable ash or the wrinkled body of the log, everything carries me to you, as if everything that exists, aromas, light, metals, were little boats that sail toward those isles of...

Perceptions

First impressions can be strongAbout those we see around.Yet how often are they wrong?That is the truth I've found. Not all who cry are weak.Not everyone who looks can see.Not all who are quiet are meek.Not all who nod agree. Not all who snarl are cruel.Not everyone generous is just.Not everyone...

All The World’s A Stage

All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players:They have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.And then the whining school-boy, with his satchelAnd shining morning face, creeping like snailUnwillingly to school. And then...

A Valentine

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling liesUpon the page, enwrapped from every reader.Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasureDivine- a talisman- an amuletThat must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-The words- the syllables! Do not forgetThe trivialest point,...

I’m Finally Accepting That We Are No Longer In Each Other’s Lives

Intro It’s been a while I was walking and I found myself At the chorus of our favorite song It was the first time in a very long time I had made it past the intro Without feeling sick to my stomach Without immediately skipping the song In that brief moment The rhythmic pattern became music And not a step back into time Not the memories of what is lost I...

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.  In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.  Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but...

Remember

As I walk through life,I look at all I have done.I had wandered aimlessly,And wondered what I have become. I have been through so much.It is amazing I made it through.Lessons I have learned.I am shocked I pulled through. At times I wonderedWhat life was all about.The trials experienced in lifeCan...

Making Life Worth While

Every soul that touches yours – Be it the slightest contact – Get there from some good; Some little grace; one kindly thought; One aspiration yet unfelt; One bit of courage For the darkening sky; One gleam of faith To brave the thickening ills of life; One glimpse of brighter skies – To make this life worthwhile And heaven a surer heritage. By George Eliot

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth and breadth and heightMy soul can reach, when feeling out of sightFor the ends of being and ideal grace.I love thee to the level of every day'sMost quiet need, by sun and candlelight.I love thee freely, as men strive for right;I love...

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