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Posted: 22 Jan 2017 05:50 PM   Ignore ]  
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This poem is inspiring me today. Anyone have any poems they would like to share?


Still I Rise
By Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Posted: 26 Jan 2017 10:30 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Very nice Kiwi smile Inspirational but without being forceful, opinionated or preachy. A true artist smile

I’m afraid I don’t read as much poetry as I used to, but I do have a lovely book quote to share if I may:

“Fear is a strange soil. Mainly it grows obedience like corn, which grows in rows and makes weeding easy. But sometimes it grows the potatoes of defiance, which flourish underground.”

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Please do share Pap, I probably could have named this post poetry, quotes and lyrics.

I’m looking up this book quote, is it Small Gods (Discworld #13) by Terry Pratchett? If so I’ll add it to my list of reads hopefully the library has it.

“Don’t wish me happiness—I don’t expect to be happy, but it’s gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor — I will need them all.”

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kiwi - 27 Jan 2017 02:09 AM

Please do share Pap, I probably could have named this post poetry, quotes and lyrics.

I’m looking up this book quote, is it Small Gods (Discworld #13) by Terry Pratchett? If so I’ll add it to my list of reads hopefully the library has it.

“Don’t wish me happiness—I don’t expect to be happy, but it’s gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor — I will need them all.”

She is my favorite.  I also like William Faulkner.

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Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower,

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind,

In the primal sympathy

Which having been must ever be,

In the soothing thoughts that spring

Out of human suffering,

In the faith that looks through death,

In years that bring the philosophic mind.”

Splendor in the grass - William Wordsworth

Posted: 28 Jan 2017 10:09 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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That is a beautiful choice of poem, kiwi. I’ve got a book of Maya’s works and it is a fascinating read. I love poetry and even write it! Robert Burns is excellent, as well. I don’t like analyzing the poems I read, however: I just want to read and enjoy them. There are so many great poems about.

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Please post a Robert Burns poem, KitKatKitty, if you feel you want to share smile

I just think it is fun to share something that might inspire you with others.

Posted: 29 Jan 2017 02:01 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Yes that was small gods smile I heartily advice reading any/ all of the discworld novels. Sir Terry Pratchett was a gentleman and definitely a one off. He had the knack of seeing to the heart of the matter, and of being kind, clever and humorous so you can see it yourself without fear or blame.

Another of his:

“All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY.

(Death isn’t shouting. It’s just typeset like that because his voice is an ultimatum or to better phrase it, like ‘two concrete blocks being rubbed together’. Susan is his granddaughter)

His books never fail to make me laugh and remind me to keep the faith, despite the fact that they’re so well read that they’re practically falling apart!

In poetry I can offer a well-known but much loved Tyger tyger:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

I think for me, once you get past the immediate imagery, it has so many levels.

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William Blake, this is certainly an interesting poem to bring up given the current political climate. Wasn’t he viewed as a radical, anti-war and such?

Sometimes I have a hard time thinking symbolically. My mind reads the same sentence over and over again and see it literally. I do like this stanza:

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

That notion of good and evil is a difficult idea to debate.

This idea that you label something bad. What if you replace it and you get something worse?

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I’m thinking about making and sending out Valentine’s cards this year to include a poem. Anyone have any ideas?

Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”

Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.

― Hafiz

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I wish I could speak like music.

I wish I could put the swaying splendor
Of the fields into words

So that you could hold Truth
Against your body
And dance.

I am trying the best I can
With this crude brush, the tongue,

To cover you with light.

I wish I could speak like divine music.

I want to give you the sublime rhythms
Of this earth and the sky’s limbs

As they joyously spin and surrender,
Surrender
Against God’s luminous breath.

Hafiz wants you to hold me
Against your precious
Body

And dance,
Dance.

― Hafiz

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Poetry is wonderful, isn’t it? If you’re looking to read poetry online there is a great website you could check out:

PoemHunter.com

It is a mixture of member poems and famous poets and poems. It is also really easy to join if you enjoy writing poetry yourself. It is a hidden gem of the Internet, I reckon. 

Beautiful poems you all have chosen.

PS: this is NOT SPAM

Posted: 28 Feb 2017 10:48 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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Thanks KitKatKitty for the recommendation. It’s fun to take some time and read some poetry. I feel like my brain is on vacation thinking about different people across different lands. I’m trying to avoid the news and media here is the States. It’s all so frustrating!

Does anyone collect books on poetry? There is just something about poetry written down on paper or collected in a printed book that is just not the same online, you know?

Perhaps, I need to see what there is at the library.

Oh, I just came across this one from Roald Dahl smile from your recommended website KitKatKitty.

Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin with a spin
Trav’ling in the world of my creation
What we’ll see will defy
Explanation

{Refrain}

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

{Refrain}

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

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