Poem: The Well Rising, William Stafford

Great hike this month — encountered the poem The Well Rising by William Stafford, engraved in basalt near Lake Oswego Oregon. Here's some history and context for how this poem was placed in this location, with kudos to Kim Stafford for the detail. William Stafford was...

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MLK Day: A Langston Hughes Poem

The poet Langston Hughes was a great inspiration to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Examples of their connection are expansive. In 1956, King recited Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son” from the pulpit to honor his wife Coretta, who was celebrating her first Mother’s Day. That...

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A Solstice Note

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you....

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Poem: In Memoriam, bell hooks

bell hooks (Sept 25,1952-Dec 15,2021) It is poetry that changes everything. -- from bell hooks' Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood   in love there are no closed doors each threshold an invitation to cross take hold take heart and enter here at this point where...

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Poem: Thanks – W.S. Merwin

BY W. S. MERWIN     Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings we are running out of the glass rooms with our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the...

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