the label, the labor, the color, the shade

I love this poem by Robert Pinsky. I will never again wear a shirt without thinking who made it.     Shirt By Robert Pinsky The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams, The nearly invisible stitches along the collar Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians Gossiping over tea and noodles on theirContinue reading “the label, the labor, the color, the shade”

You will never neglect or beat them

  Here is a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks that stirs up strong feelings and controversy: The Mother   Abortions will not let you forget. You remember the children you got that you did not get, The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair, The singers and workers that never handled the air.Continue reading “You will never neglect or beat them”

How can you so massive be so light?

    Here’s a poem I wrote in 1975 after travelling in Europe and visiting these two cathedrals: Canterbury Chartres     Sing blue light death, burn maps of heaven how can you so massive be so light? Feet fall in frozen faces stone smooth from the steps of people smoothing centuries.   Shouting joyContinue reading “How can you so massive be so light?”

how the spirit likes to dress up

photo by Cathie Tyler   Here’s a poem by Mary Oliver: Poem   The spirit    likes to dress up like this:       ten fingers,         ten toes, shoulders, and all the rest    at night        in the black branches           in the morning in the blue branches      ofContinue reading “how the spirit likes to dress up”

A Murmuration of Starlings

Murmuration:  a flock of hundreds, maybe thousands of starlings ( or other birds) gather together to escape a predator.   Here’s a poem by Mary Oliver:   Starlings in Winter   Chunky and noisy, but with stars in their black feathers, they spring from the telephone wire and instantly they are acrobats in the freezingContinue reading “A Murmuration of Starlings”

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