Betrayal

I wanted to write a poem.But my heart got in the way.Much love I thought I’d show ‘emBut illusions I need to slay. I thought we had grown closerIn the solitude of CovidBut as lovers we are posers.It’s to truth I am devoted. When life reveals a friendHas a side that he...

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Frederick Douglas

Frederick Douglas

Like a novel his book does readThree acts: and two so dire!Born with raw intelligence, indeedHe lived on earth as in hell’s fire. Not born a slave, for no one is! Like all, he has the seed of freedom Deep in his heart, nearly buckled, on his knees. But he would not...

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Undine Sprague

Undine Sprague

I am slender and pretty and fairSurely, I turned your head and you took note.Do you like what I did with my hair?Don’t make me ask; I don’t like to gloat. I learned that I must pay attentionTo art and books so thatAt dinner parties I can mentionThe latest—though I...

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O! Pioneers – Willa Cather

O! Pioneers – Willa Cather

Alexandra and the landDramatically one.The soil: her wedding band.She was father’s favorite among his sons. She saw growth out there where othersCould only see what went on before.Her hands to the crops were mothers;Her days made our nation’s lore. In history books...

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Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

So it goes and so it goes and so and on it goes War then birth then accidents. Then death. Time has earthlings in its throes But events all explode in one breath. Someone trips then someone marries. Another gets a kiss. Out the window over there the fat lady eats an...

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The Monster Wants Him Some Love

The Monster Wants Him Some Love

The monster learned to read and to speak. He saw the joy that love can bring ‘til his longing for love began to leak Into others’ horror at his face’s zing. Events in Europe led us to a captain afloat In the Arctic, longing for a friend who’d be dear Not likely to...

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