A New Poet
by Linda Pastan

Finding a new poet
is like finding a new wildflower
out in the woods. You don't see

its name in the flower books, and
nobody you tell believes
in its odd color or the way

its leaves grow in splayed rows
down the whole length of the page. In fact
the very page smells of spilled

red wine and the mustiness of the sea
on a foggy day - the odor of truth
and of lying.

And the words are so familiar,
so strangely new, words
you almost wrote yourself, if only


in your dreams there had been a pencil
or a pen or even a paintbrush,
if only there had been a flower.



from Heroes In Disguise, 1991
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY
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The glory of the day was in her face,
The beauty of the night was in her eyes.
And over all her loveliness, the grace
Of Morning blushing in the early skies.
For My [Grand]Daughter
by David Ignatow
from Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994
Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn.


When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand
in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence
together.
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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it....
People think pleasing God is all God cares about.
But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
Alice Walker,
The Color Purple, 1982
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Pocketful of Poems
Making Plans
Convent News
Spring Madness
Garden Metaphors
Crossings Retreat
Garden Ideas
Garden Tour
Luncheon Date
Liz Carpenter
Walk in the Park
Wildlife
Garden Hour
Wildflower Evening
Divine Portals
Totems & Vessels
Butterflies
Birdhouses
Flower Stars
Longing for Lilacs
Earth Healing
64 Things at 64
Umlauf Garden
Spirit of the Garden
Taniguchi Garden
Healing Garden
Spirit of Place
Garden Refuge
Living Strong
Son on the Move
Spirituality & Nature
Family Rosary
Conversation
Soul Point
Month of Sorrows
Forever Friends
Small World
LAUNDRY DAY
LINKS
SHOE BOX
SITE MAP
SCRAPBOOK
POETRY
QUOTES
WELCOME!
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Passion Flower
passion on the back porch
VIEWS
Passion on the Porch
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Archives
My Holy Tree
Not Afraid of the Dark
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