it rained when it should have snowed

Nov/23 By

  Holly by Seamus Heaney It rained when it should have snowed. When we went to gather holly the ditches were swimming, we were wet to the knees, our hands

new year, sharp song

Jan/13 By

Song by R. S. Thomas I choose white, but with Red on it, like the snow In winter with its few Holly berries and the one Robin, that is a

strange questions

Jun/5 By

THE MOTH, THE MOUNTAINS, THE RIVERS by Mary Oliver Who can guess the luna’s sadness who lives so briefly? Who can guess the impatience of stone longing to be ground

a fundamental pause

May/14 By

Crumbling is not an instant’s Act A fundamental pause Dilapidation’s processes Are organized Decays — ‘Tis first a Cobweb on the Soul A Cuticle of Dust A Borer in the

tidy hens, paschal moments

Apr/23 By

I married a wife by the light of the moon, A tidy housewife, a tidy one; She never gets up until it is noon, And I hope she’ll prove a

honor and a task

Mar/19 By

Variation on a Theme by Rilke              (The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1) by Denise Levertov A certain day became a

a difficult birth

Feb/25 By

A Difficult Birth, Easter 1998 by Gillian Clarke An old ewe that somehow till this year had given the ram the slip. We thought her barren. Good Friday, and the

our hands’ daily labor

Jan/8 By

I bless our hands’ daily labor by Marina Tsvetaeva I bless our hands’ daily labor, bless sleep every night. Bless every night. And the coat, your coat, my coat, half

just the partridge, please

Dec/18 By

An Old Christmas Greeting Nursery Rhyme Sing hey! Sing hey! For Christmas Day. Twine mistletoe and holly, For friendship glows, In winter snows, And so let’s all by jolly. *

stories of lights

Dec/5 By

Fireside by Seamus Heaney Always there would be stories of lights hovering among the bushes or at the foot of a meadow; maybe a goat with cold horns pluming into