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ꖢꔷ ꔷ i can build a house ꔷ ꔷꖢ

ꔷ ꖢ ꔷ

i can build a house

with the East wall looking to the future

the South made up of  the present

the West nothing but the past

the North facing infinite possibilities

and above a sky full of  stars

but it’s not a home

without you

ꔷ ꖢ ꔷ

ꕐ ꔷꖢꔷ ꖪ

ꔷ ꕐ ꔷꖢꔷ ꖪ ꔷ


“A House Is Not A Home”    Ella Fitzgerald

originally posted  21 February 2013

artwork ~   “Houses at Falaise in the Fog”   Claude Monet
{ public domain }

*in certain divinatory practices the directions represent time phases:

North = Infinite Possibility (no-time)
South = Present – Now
West = Past
East = Future

this was prompted by ~

Words Count With Mama Zen    at   imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:   build a house in 48 words or less


thank you,  Mama Zen!

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encore presentation: useful websites for poets & writers & bloggers ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

useful sites
for poets & writers & bloggers

do you ever find yourself  needing a definition or a synonym?  or you want the lyrics to a song?  how about searching for images which you can use in a post?  sometimes i  want to research a certain type of  flower or a fairy tale.  maybe you have a question about how to do something on your blog.  the sites i  go to for these things & more are the types of sites i  have listed in this post.  i would love for  you  to leave a comment to let us know what other sites you use.

below are some of  the sites i have found to be the most useful:
{  in  alphabetical  order }

{ either click on the site name
or copy & paste the URL into your browser }

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BLOGGING HELP & TIPS ~

BLOGGER.com ~  this is the  “help”  site for blogspot.com blogs
http://support.google.com/blogger/?hl=en }

HOW TO MAKE MY BLOG. COM ~  tips & tools for bloggers
{  http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/  }

PROBLOGGER  ~  tips & tools for bloggers
http://www.problogger.net/  }

WORDPRESS.COM  ~  this is the  “help”  site for  wordpress.com blogs
{  http://en.support.wordpress.com/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG   ~  extra help for wordpress.com blogs
{  http://wordpress.org/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG  ~  FREE PLUGINS DIRECTORY  for wordpress.com blogs
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/  }

DICTIONARIES  ~

Dictionary.com ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
{  http://dictionary.reference.com/  }

Merriam-Webster  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/  }

The Free Dictionary  ~  dictionary,  thesaurus  &  encyclopedia
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/  }

Webster’s  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.webster-dictionary.org/  }

Wiktionary  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page  }

FONT  &  PHOTOGRAPH  SPECIAL  EFFECTS  ~

glitter effects for fonts and photos
{ http://glitterboo.com/  }

glowing text with animation options
{  
http://glowtxt.com/  }

gothic fonts
http://pookatoo.com/  }

Shape  collages
{  http://www.shapecollage.com/  }

special  characters  &  fonts  available  in  Windows ~
click on  START,  either go into  ALL PROGRAMS  or  enter into the  SEARCH box ~
CHARACTER MAP

tilt-shift photograph effects
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/  }

IMAGES  ~

clip art  free use of  a wide selection of  clip art  for  non-commercial use
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm  }

deviantArt  {look for “some rights reserved” }
http://www.deviantart.com/ }

flickr.com/creative commons { look for  “some rights reserved” ~ click on that and it will show you which type of  creative commons license }
http://www.flickr.com/cr  eativecommons/

flickr.com LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IMAGES
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/  }

google.com  IMAGES   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
{  http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi  }

ImageChef  Word Mosaic   { make them yourself }
{ http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/ }

publicdomainpictures.net
http://publicdomainpictures.net }

twitpic.com photographs { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://twitpic.com/  }

we heart it.com   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://weheartit.com/  }

Wikimedia Commons  IMAGES ~  especially artwork
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images  }

Wikipedia.org   ARTS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Arts  }

WikiPaintings.org
{ http://www.wikipaintings.org/ }

Yahoo.com  IMAGES
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

ARTWORK  (ie:  PAINTINGS)  in the United States are considered to be in the  PUBLIC  DOMAIN  SEVENTY YEARS AFTER THE ARTIST’S DEATH

MISCELLANEOUS  ~

About.com ~  classic literature,  including poetry
{ http://classiclit.about.com/ }

Glossary of  Poetic Terms
{ http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072405228/student_view0/poetic_glossary.html }

goodreads.com ~  poetry
http://www.goodreads.com/genres/poetry }

Martha Stewart  ~   recipes,  crafts  and “good things”
http://www.marthastewart.com/  }

mental_floss  ~  trivia,  facts,  miscellaneous information
{  http://www.mentalfloss.com/  }

PoemHunter.com  ~   find poets,  poems,  song lyrics,  quotations  and more
http://www.poemhunter.com/  }

Poetry Glossary at Poets.org
{ http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/17105 }

Wikimedia Commons  ~   free to use media -  images,  sounds,  video
{  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikipedia.org  ~  online  “encyclopedia”
this is where i go to research artists or fairy tales or poets or poetry forms etc.
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikisource  ~   Library
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page   }

POETRY  FORM   Resources  ~

dVerse ~ Poets Pub
{  http://dversepoets.com/category/formforall/  }

imaginary garden with real toads
{  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/search/label/format%20challenge  }

my heart’s love songs  ~  poetry forms
{  http://myheartslovesongs.com/2014/04/04/encore-presentation-poetry-forms-international-poetry-month-april-2014/  }

POETS.org
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197  }

The Teacher’s Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm  }

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_form#Forms  }

QUOTES  ~

looking for a quote or  wanting to know who said  it?    search options by quote or author

brainyquote.com ~
{ http://www.brainyquote.com/ }

goodreads.com  ~  popular quotes
{ http://www.goodreads.com/quotes }

Wikiquote.org ~
{ http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Main_Page }

SEARCH  ENGINES ~

Bing
{  http://www.bing.com/#  }

Bing  Images
{  http://www.bing.com/images?FORM=Z9LH  }

Google 
{  https://www.google.com/   }

Google  Images
{  https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi   }

Google ~  tips for narrowing your search
http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/2009/06/sunday-sharing-narrowing-your-search.html  }

Yahoo
{  http://www.yahoo.com/  }

Yahoo  Images
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

Search  the  deep  web ~  tips and tools for  more extensive searches
{  http://www.online-college-blog.com/features/100-useful-tips-and-tools-to-research-the-deep-web/   }

SOCIAL MEDIA  ~

Facebook    this is the  “help”  site for  Facebook
{  http://www.facebook.com/help/?ref=pf  }

Pinterest ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Pinterest
{  http://pinterest.com/about/help/  }

Twitter  ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Twitter
{  https://support.twitter.com/  }

i have only mentioned the most popular sites  ~  go  HERE    for  a  comprehensive list
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites  }

SONG  LYRICS  &  MUSIC  VIDEOS  ~

search by  artist  or  song title  { there are often discrepancies in the lyrics }

A – Z  Lyrics Universe
{  http://www.azlyrics.com/  }

AllTheLyrics.com
http://www.allthelyrics.com/ }

Lyrics.com
http://www.lyrics.com/  }

Songlyrics.com
{  http://www.songlyrics.com/  }

YouTube.com  ~   music  videos
http://www.youtube.com/  }

WRITING  TIPS,  INFO  & FREE SOFTWARE

Fear of  Writing  ~  writing tips
http://fearofwriting.com/blog/  }

How to write a memo  ~  writing tips
{  http://jennifaye.wordpress.com/  }

RHYMEZONE.COM  ~  find  rhymes,  definitions,  synonyms,  antonyms,  homophones  &  more
http://rhymezone.com/  }

VersePerfect FREE  software program from  Softonic.com  ~
the program gives you phrases,  proper nouns and common rhymes for the words you need;  famous quotes that help you finish your poem with speed.  it has the Hyperbolic Thesaurus,  which is a kind of semantic chart;  online dictionaries,  thesaurus suggestions and Wikipedia files are just a click away.  (not all the rhymes suggested are phonetically okay)
{ i have downloaded the program but have not yet used it. }
{  http://verseperfect.en.softonic.com/  }

write to done
{  http://writetodone.com/  }

writing prompt sites  ~  a list of  sites i put together in one post  (sorry ~ links have not been updated yet for 2014)
http://myheartslovesongs.com/2013/04/22/international-poetry-month-april-2013-encore-presentation-places-to-play/  }

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just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

 

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encore presentation: come with me to Xanadu ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

come with me to Xanadu

please come with me to Xanadu in the poem  “Kubla Khan”  by  Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  it is said that he dreamed of  Xanadu,  that he dreamt the entire poem which is featured below.  click  HERE  if  you wish to learn more about the poet and the poem.  {having been written in 1816, it is now in the public domain.}

shall we go to Xanadu? ……..

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Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1816

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
and here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:

And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!

And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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you knew i had to do it…..


“Xanadu”   Olivia Newton John

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have you entered the

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY?

just click   HERE    to go to the giveaway post ~ you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks for joining in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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encore presentation: poetry forms ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

poetry  forms

etheree,  senryū,   haiga,  tanka,  haibun,  gogyohka,  pantoum,  cinquain,  rondeau,  sestina,  triolet,  villanelle,  concrete,  free style,  shape poetry

these are all poetry forms which i  had never heard of  less than five years ago.  i have not mastered any of  them and  i  am positive that  i  know next to nothing about poetry forms, especially those with meter??? ….um,  feet???   i  have learned what i do know about poetry form from  One Stop Poetry  { unfortunately, no longer an active site. }  and  dVerse ~ Poets Pub  { click  HERE  for their  FormForAll archives. }  one woman has been behind these features at both sites  ~ Gay Reiser Cannon   { @beachanny }  ~   and i am deeply indebted to her.  i also have been introduced to many forms by two very generous poets,  Becca Givens,   at her blog  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea  and Victoria Ceretto-Slotto,  at her blog  liv2write2day’s Blog.   imaginary garden with real toads  has a poetry form feature ~  click  HERE  to see their format challenge archives.  CREATIVE BLOOMINGS  { formerly  POETIC BLOOMINGS }  is the site where i first heard of  the  etheree  { also at dVerse ~ Poets Pub }  and  Walt Wojtanik has compiled a file with approximately 300 poetry forms that he is willing to share ~  click  HERE  to find out how to request a copy.

when researching a poetry form, i  usually consult  wikipedia  first because their articles include links to words and terms which one may not be familiar with  { ie:  metonymy }  and poets, such as  Rumi.   POETS.org  has a page listing poetry forms  { click  HERE }  with links to a broader explanation of  each one, as  does  The Teacher’s Guide  { click  HERE  }.

here are very brief  descriptions of  several types of  poetry forms ~  CLICK  on the form name to learn more:

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haikū

probably the best known form of  poetry,  there are actually two types of  haikū ~ traditional and modern.

traditional haikū is a very short form of Japanese poetry  typically characterised by three qualities:

  • it consists of  three lines with a syllable count of  5/7/5
  • it always has a seasonal reference, either by name or association
  • the essence of haiku is “cutting”  which is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas with a cutting word between them

modern haikū is generally three lines, but the syllable count may vary from the 5/7/5  and it does not necessarily adhere to the traditional haikū requirements,  such as the seasonal reference.

by the way,  the plural of  haikū  is  haikū.

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senryū

senryū is very similar to haikū,  with three lines of  5/7/5  syllables.  { syllable count may vary in modern senryū }  Senryū  tend to be about human foibles while haikū are about nature,  and senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous while haikū are more serious.  unlike haikū,  senryū do not include a cutting word, and do not generally include a season word.

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haiga

originally haiga were formed by writing haikū upon a painting.  today’s haiga are generally haikū or senryū written upon a photograph, with the writing most often created on a computer.

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haibun

loosely stated,  a haibun is  prose  { of  non-specific length }  ending with a haikū  which may have a direct or subtle relationship with the prose portion of  the haibun.  traditional  haibun have additional requirements;  modern haibun also allow senryū  instead of  haikū  to end the piece.

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tanka

traditionally,  the purpose of tanka was to convey a message  to a lover;  today the standard form is a five-line verse with a syllable count of  5/7/5/7/7  { in modern tanka,  syllable count may vary }  without meter or rhyme.

a tanka is not one poem, but a combination of two poems.   the first three lines are the upper poem and the last two lines of 7-7 are the lower poem.  they are joined by that middle pivot line which is a bridge between the two main poems and should be part of the upper verse and the lower verse.   both poems should be able to stand on its own.

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gogyohka

gogyohka is five lines of free verse on any subject matter with no set syllable pattern,  but the poem should be short and succinct.  the goal is to compellingly capture an idea,  observation,  feeling,  memory  or experience in just a few words.

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cinquain

cinquain is a five-line poem with many  variations,  the most common being the Crapsey cinquain  { created by Adelaide Crapsey }  with a syllable count of  2/4/6/8/2  and rhyme or meter are not required.  there are reverse cinquains,  mirror cinquains,  envelope cinquains…   the variations go on.

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shadorma

a shadorma is a 6-line poem (sestet) of Spanish descent with no set rhyme scheme and a syllabic poem with the following structure: 3/5/3/3/7/5  and it can have many stanzas so long as they follow the syllable count.

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etheree

the etheree was created by a poet from Arkansas,  Etheree Taylor Armstrong.  the etheree is a ten-lined poem written with a specific syllable (or word) count of  1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10  totalling 55 syllables or words,  and is normally  unmetered and unrhymed.  the poem may be reversed  10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1  or  mirrored by writing an etheree and then a reverse-etheree.

Line 1 – 1 syllable
Line 2 – 2 syllables
Line 3 – 3 syllables
Line 4 – 4 syllables
Line 5 – 5 syllabels
Line 6 – 6 syllables
Line 7 – 7 syllables
Line 8 – 8 syllables
Line 9 – 9 syllables
Line 10 – 10 syllables

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resources for learning about poetry form:

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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divine poems ~ classical poetry (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

2012  featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Divine Poems
by classic poets

i thought i might include a post of  classical poetry  by famous poets of  the past,  though i must admit that i much prefer  “modern”  poetry…  with the exception of  the final poem,  which is my favorite of  all poems.

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No Man is an Island

John Donne
1624

No man is an island entire of  itself;
every man is a piece of  the continent, a part of  the main;
if  a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if  a promontory were,
as well as a manor of  thy friends or of  thine own were;
any man’s death diminishes me,  because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

this is actually just a portion of  a longer piece by John Donne  “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”  which is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness.  the work consists of twenty-three parts  (‘devotions’) describing each stage of the sickness.  each part is further divided into a Meditation,  an Expostulation,  and a Prayer.  this piece is  Meditation XVII,  perhaps the best-known part of the work and forms part of Devotion XVII.

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“I want” — it pleaded — All its life

Emily Dickinson

“I want” — it pleaded — All its life —
I want — was chief  it said
When Skill entreated it — the last —
And when so newly dead —

I could not deem it late — to hear
That single — steadfast sigh —
The lips had placed as with a “Please”
Toward Eternity —      

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Bright Star

John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art –
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

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A Woman’s Shortcomings

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

She has laughed as softly as if she sighed,
She has counted six, and over,
Of a purse well filled, and a heart well tried -
Oh, each a worthy lover!
They “give her time”;  for her soul must slip
Where the world has set the grooving;
She will lie to none with her fair red lip:
But love seeks truer loving.

She trembles her fan in a sweetness dumb,
As her thoughts were beyond recalling;
With a glance for one, and a glance for some,
From her eyelids rising and falling;
Speaks common words with a blushful air,
Hears bold words, unreproving;
But her silence says – what she never will swear -
And love seeks better loving.

Go, lady! lean to the night-guitar,
And drop a smile to the bringer;
Then smile as sweetly, when he is far,
At the voice of an in-door singer.
Bask tenderly beneath tender eyes;
Glance lightly, on their removing;
And join new vows to old perjuries -
But dare not call it loving!

Unless you can think, when the song is done,
No other is soft in the rhythm;
Unless you can feel, when left by One,
That all men else go with him;
Unless you can know, when unpraised by his breath,
That your beauty itself wants proving;
Unless you can swear “For life, for death!” -
Oh, fear to call it loving!

Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past -
Oh, never call it loving!

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Come, Walk With Me

Emily Brontë

Come, walk with me,
There’s only thee
To bless my spirit now -
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled -

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew -
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine -

‘Nay call me not – it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship’s flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe’er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -’

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this is my favorite poem of  all time ~

First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay
1916

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -

It gives a lovely light!

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   { 2012 featured poets encore presentation }

{ all of  the above works are in the public domain }

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