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Poem for the Day

Posted: 2 August 2013

The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its nets of gold;
When all is told
We cannot beg for pardon.

Our freedom as free lances
Advances towards its end;
The earth compels, upon it
Sonnets and birds descend;
And soon, my friend,
We shall have no time for dances.

The sky was good for flying
Defying the church bells
And every evil iron
Siren and what it tells:
The earth compels,
We are dying, Egypt, dying

And not expecting pardon,
Hardened in heart anew,
But glad to have sat under
Thunder and rain with you,
And grateful too
For sunlight on the garden.

The Sunlight on the Garden
Louis MacNeice 1907 - 1963

Poem for the Day

Posted: 1 August 2013

All that I had I brought,
Little enough I know;
A poor rhyme roughly wrought,
A rose to match thy snow:
All that I had I brought.

Little enough I sought:
But a word compassionate,
A passing glance, or thought,
For me outside the gate:
Little enough I sought.

Little enough I found:
All that you had, perchance!
With the dead leaves on the ground,
I dance the devil's dance.
All that you had I found.

Exchanges
Ernest Dowson 1867 - 1900

New Zealand Tour Haiku #41

Posted: 31 July 2013

Home. Happiness is
Tea and toast and marmalade
And clean, fresh Levi’s.

Bill Adair

New Zealand Tour Haiku #40

Posted: 31 July 2013

The name of the tour,
Erased by the ocean waves,
Memories remain.

Bill Adair

Poem for the Day

Posted: 31 July 2013

Home is the sailor, home from sea:
Her far-borne canvas furled
The ship pours shining on the quay
The plunder of the world.

Home is the hunter from the hill:
Fast in the boundless snare
All flesh lies taken at his will
And every fowl of air.

'Tis evening on the moorland free,
The starlit wave is still:
Home is the sailor from the sea,
The hunter from the hill.

xx11 - RLS
A. E. Housman 1859 - 1936

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