They flee from me that sometime me did seek

Here is a very old English poem from Sir Thomas Wyatt.  It has always been a puzzle to me. Academic critics say that  “Wyatt wrote the poem to question the social standard of his time and to induce response from his readers ” and more informal ones say it is “the best breakup song: 1.Wait, what?Continue reading “They flee from me that sometime me did seek”

The Buried Strangeness

  “For God’s sake, what am I after? Some treasure, or tiny garden?”   Here’s a poem by the American poet, Richard Wilbur.  It’s a favorite poem of mine, about , as one blogger said, “the hidden darkness and mystery – the ‘buried strangeness’ – that sustain the life we think we’re living, here inContinue reading “The Buried Strangeness”

Outside of a small circle of friends

Phil Ochs, an American songwriter, wrote many protest songs in the 1960’s and 70’s through until his death in 1976. This one, even though much of the language is dated, still rings true today.  It protests our self-concern and our indifference to the suffering of others. Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends Lyrics: PhilContinue reading “Outside of a small circle of friends”

Hardship and Posthumous Pain

The Martyrdom of St. Peter of Verona     painting by Bellini   Here’s a poem by John Guzlowski  :   Martyrdom The martyr does not die. He lives to create more like him.   The conscience lives behind an anonymous window   In tangletown. It is difficult to find the right one.   You call and callContinue reading “Hardship and Posthumous Pain”

Oh, for the touch of a vanish’d hand

Here’s a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Break, Break, Break   Break, break, break,          On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! And I would that my tongue could utter          The thoughts that arise in me. O, well for the fisherman’s boy,          That he shouts with his sister at play! O, well for the sailor lad,Continue reading “Oh, for the touch of a vanish’d hand”

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