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Poem for the Day

Posted: 19 February 2014

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Valentine
Carol Ann Duffy

Poem for the Day

Posted: 18 February 2014

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In another's being mingle--
Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;--
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

Love's Philosophy
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poem for the Day

Posted: 17 February 2014

She was a nurse on a hospital ward; he was a sailor at sea,
And they met in the land where Evita was queen, and they sang the harmony.
She was a nurse on a hospital ward; he came on a merchant line,
And they met in the Plaza de Mayo in the heart of the Argentine.

His father came from Irish stock to work in a Scottish mine,
But cutting coal was not for him, he had dreams of a different kind.
So he served his time as an engineer, then he joined a merchant line,
And with his papers in his pocket he sailed away for the heart of the Argentine.

Her family came from the heart of Wales; they’d sailed across the sea,
For a better life in an unknown land, away from tyranny.
And with pure Welsh blood running in their veins, and the valleys far behind,
They settled down in a farming town in the heart of the Argentine.

And in a Buenos Aries bar, across miles of sea and land,
With unfamiliar, strange new words, a future there they planned.
And neither thought to break the spell, as hearts and hands entwined,
In a tango bar, far from all they knew, in the heart of the Argentine.

She was a nurse on a hospital ward; he was a sailor at sea,
And they met in the land where Evita was queen, and they sang the harmony.
She was a nurse on a hospital ward; he came on a merchant line,
And they married one day, and then sailed away, from the heart of the Argentine.

In the Heart of the Argentine
Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 16 February 2014

I never wanted to be anyone special
I never wanted to be Mr Big
Just tried to find ways to be happy
You came along and I did

Just drift along, cruise life's ocean
Passing time, day by day
Playing at life, going through the motions
You came along, here to stay

Years go by, time a spending
We lived our life, we lived it good
Never thought about it ending
Who'd have thought it ever would

Yes you, you came along
This feeling oh so strong
Then firefly you were gone
I won't cry, there's no reason

Such happy times, there's no reason
Life, no rhyme or reason

Firefly
Alan Holmes

Poem for the Day

Posted: 16 February 2014

When you are old and tired and grey,
And wear your overcoat on sunny days,
When your brave tales have all been told,
I'll ask for them when you are old.

When you are old and full of sleep
And death no longer makes you weep.
When your body aches with cold
I'll warm your heart when you are old.

And you'll still be the same to me,
A comfort and a mystery,
And I will be old too, you see,
I'll need someone to comfort me.

When you are old and pale and gone
And a gentle hand is all you want.
I will give you mine to hold
And I'll be here when you are old.

When You Are Old
Gretchen Peters

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