Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Here are some poems I discovered, rediscovered, and/or fell in love with last week.  I'm putting them up for adoption.  There are a few million more where these came from, so please feel free to contribute your own candidate/s in a comment to this post.

by Robert Francis

Keep me from going to sleep too soon
Or if I go to sleep too soon
Come wake me up. Come any hour
Of night. Come whistling up the road.
Stomp on the porch. Bang on the door.
Make me get out of bed and come
And let you in and light a light.
Tell me the northern lights are on
And make me look. Or tell me clouds
Are doing something to the moon
They never did before, and show me.
See that I see. Talk to me till
I'm half as wide awake as you
And start to dress wondering why
I ever went to bed at all.
Tell me the walking is superb.
Not only tell me but persuade me.
You know I'm not too hard persuaded. 

The Place Where We Are Right
by Yehuda Amichai

From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.
The place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.
But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.
And a whisper will be heard in the place
Where the ruined
House once stood.

Everything is Going to be Alright
by Derek Mahon

How should I not be glad to contemplate
the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window
and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?
There will be dying, there will be dying,
but there is no need to go into that.
The poems flow from the hand unbidden
and the hidden source is the watchful heart;
the sun rises in spite of everything
and the far cities are beautiful and bright.
I lie here in a riot of sunlight
watching the day break and the clouds flying.
Everything is going to be all right.

Working Together
by David Whyte

We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,

to produce
the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way
the intangible air

passed at speed
round a shaped wing

holds our weight.

So may we, in this life

to those elements
we have yet to see

or imagine,
and look for the true

shape of our own self,
by forming it well

to the great
intangibles about us.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Out Beyond Ideas
by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.


  1. This is a poem that was from the journal topic on November 20th pertaining to the fight, the arrests etc. events that occured at Righetti 2 weeks ago and what it says about our culture and the people in it..

    by Anaya Navarro

    Sometimes it’s the very few that spoil the rest.
    One starts to decay,
    Then a few more join in,
    Wilting down what once
    Was vibrant, shining, and full of life,
    And well-nurtured by the rain
    And mother nature provided her sunshine
    And father earth kept them rooted.

    But it rained too hard
    Or summer’s heat was too harsh,
    That’s what made the flowers die.
    Slowly draining their pureness and vitality,
    Now shriveled and facing brutality.

    But the pollen is still there,
    Waiting for the cycle to start over
    With brand new growth.

    Though there will be rain
    And no doubt, snow,
    It’s the time to grow.

    Hold on, the sun will shine through.
    Spring never fails
    And never do the flowers,
    They are not to blame for the damn
    Seasonal changes.