Sunday, August 20, 2017

Meredith

August 21, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is psychology.

Today’s poem is a name and psychological poem about an unfortunately common modern type.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Meredith has never been marooned,
Even though it sometimes feels like that.
Relationships have dwindled to one cat,
Even as her inbox has ballooned.
Deep into the night she crunches numbers,
Intelligent, industrious, alone,
Talking only business on the phone,
Hard at rest but briefly when she slumbers.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/meridi.html. For more psychological poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/psychologicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Psychology
August 21: Meredith

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Twenty-Two Years Later They Were Dead

August 20, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem is about two former spouses who never managed to get over their divorce.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Twenty-two years later they were dead
And nothing was resolved, nor would it be.
Life, as is its wont, had gone ahead,
But both of them, though freed, were never free.
Both remarried, loved, fell ill, and died,
Buried separately, with space reserved
For those who mourned them most, the two outside
What once was home but could not be preserved.
What bitterness and blame, forgiveness, rage,
Guilt, shame, fury, impotence, and sorrow
Sloshed against the walls of each's cage,
A storm that never yielded to tomorrow.
How beautiful and sad, the love of youth
That, though it could not last, outlasts the truth.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/22year.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 20: Twenty-Two Years Later They Were Dead

Friday, August 18, 2017

There Is No Mountain Higher than the Wall

August 19, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem is a divorce poem reaching out to a former spouse for friendship.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

There is no mountain higher than the wall
That comes between two people once in love.
But time can tear a mountain down with tears
As former lovers slowly move towards touch.

There is no happiness in hard, cold anger
Twisted like a girder in one's way.
The sun and rain can manage to grow flowers
Across the bleakest crust of lava plain.

So we, too, I hope, can manage friendship
Upon the battlefield of past defeat.
I would not want to lose our years of loving
To moments caught for good in bitter light.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/ther15.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 19: There Is No Mountain Higher than the Wall

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Love Undoes Its Heritage Quite Slowly

August 18, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem is a divorce poem about how long it takes to leave past love behind.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Love undoes its heritage quite slowly,
Spinning like a planet through its dust.
Sometimes it feels like hatred, sometimes mourning,
Sometimes pain long paralyzed by rust.

Sometimes shame of past humiliation
Wrings the heart with hands inured to toil,
And once again some drops of unspent fury
Spill upon the dry and barren soil.

Ay, me! When will it end? The seasoned sorrow
Of unforgiven trespasses of old?
No matter new love blossoming! There's somewhere
A place within untenanted and cold.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/loveun.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 18: Love Undoes Its Heritage Quite Slowly

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jim Has Blue Eyes Flecked with Gold

August 17, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem is about two divorced people who fall in love.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Jim has blue eyes flecked with gold;
Dark-haired handsome, rock-like good.
Marriage hid him, as it should,
Until his love ran cold.

He lived only down the street.
I was married, so was he.
But when divorces left us free,
We found the chance to meet.

Now we're both far happier
Than either ever was before.
Through suffering we found the door
That opened to each other.

We'll always feel, of course, the pain.
Divorce cannot but make one bleed.
But in that pain there lay a seed
That soon would bloom again.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/jimhas.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 17: Jim Has Blue Eyes Flecked with Gold

Hardly a Day Goes By that I Don't Think of You

August 16, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem expresses the anger and hatred that often comes with divorce.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of you,
Mostly in anger, sometimes with hatred.
I loved you nearly half my life, and now
The bad has swallowed up the good, has eaten my heart.

How sad that I must bury so much of me!
I wish I could bury you.
The real, living you I don't want to hear about.
You were once what I lived for, and now
I don't even want to know when you are dead.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/hardly.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 16: Hardly a Day Goes By that I Don’t Think of You

Monday, August 14, 2017

Friends Go In and Out of People's Lives

August 15, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem is a number and divorce poem about the difficulty of removing a former spouse from one’s heart.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Friends go in and out of people’s lives,
Old and new, near and far, and yet
Removing former husbands, former wives,
Takes years of anger, sorrow, and regret,
Years of rage not easy to forget.

Still, one must remove them from one’s heart
Even while sharing what’s most dear,
Vanquishing one’s pain with all one’s art,
Embracing what one else could never bear.
Nor will one ever be completely clear.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/frien4.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 15: Friends Go In and Out of People’s Lives

We'll Go On, After You

August 14, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is divorce.

Today’s poem is a divorce poem to the spouse who has left the family.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

We'll go on, after you,
Without you we'll go on,
Though something beautiful inside
Us all has turned to stone.

We'll go on, after you,
Without you through the years
Of pain and raw bewilderment
And brutal, angry tears.

We'll go on, after you,
Without you we will heal,
Though love may labor in the heart
And joy the loss conceal.

We'll go on, after you,
Without you we will grow
Together as a family
That you will never know.

We'll go on, after you,
Without you life goes on,
But neither hope nor happiness
Undoes what you have done.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/wellgo.html. For more divorce poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/divorcepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Divorce
August 14: We’ll Go On, After You

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Composers Aren't Poseurs, One May Hope

August 13, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is about the purpose of musical composition.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Composers aren't poseurs, one may hope,
Offering the sounds that shape the heart,
Making us turn inward towards beauty,
Portrait of the sheer, ecstatic soul.
Of course, your music may help people cope,
Sell stuff, perhaps, or grace some graphic art.
Even so, there is always your duty
Resting underneath the lesser goal:
Sing, then, to make yourself serene and whole.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/compos.html. For more philosophical poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/philosophicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 13: Composers Aren’t Poseurs, One May Hope

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bridges Are a Sign of Separation

August 12, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is about how separation provides the occasion for unity and grace.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Bridges are a sign of separation
Requiring ingenuity to span.
Inherent in the scheme of time and space,
Divisions are an opening to grace,
Granting an occasion for creation.
Each unity of purpose, plan, or place
Suggests a work meticulous and grand.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/bridge.html. For more philosophical poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/philosophicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 12: Bridges Are a Sign of Separation

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sing of the Sweet Urge to Capture Beauty

August 11, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is a number poem about art as a lasting imitation of a fleeting reality.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Sing of the sweet urge to capture beauty,
Endeavoring to pluck it from the stream.
Vivid though the moment might appear,
Embrace it and it is no longer here,
No less remote than a remembered dream.
The artist, though, creates a lasting copy.
Years pass, and yet the grace retains its gleam.

Each work of art gives form to a perception,
Imitating what the artist sees,
Granting lasting life to a conception,
Having caught the moment as it flees,
Then framed it to fence off its finities.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/sing10.html. For more philosophical poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/philosophicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 11: Sing of the Sweet Urge to Capture Beauty

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

For Every Moment You're Immersed in Beauty

August 10, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is a number poem about the joy of being able to make a living from art.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

For every moment you’re immersed in beauty,
In opening the curtains of the heart,
Forgetting that your pleasure is your duty,
That you have made a living from your art,
You feel the joy of God at the Creation,
The stepping back to see that it is good,
While in the golden grip of an elation
Out of which you will what worlds you would.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/forev7.html. For more philosophical poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/philosophicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 10: For Every Moment You’re Immersed in Beauty

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sing of Passions Greater than the Self

August 9, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is a number poem about how creative inspiration seems to come from beyond the self.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Sing of passions greater than the self,
Intimations turned to words and music,
X’s on eternity, revealing
The genius of one’s muse, if one would use it,
Yielding to a voice beyond the gulf.

Even so, one is forced to wander
In search of that sweet touch of inspiration,
Grace that does not come without one’s calling,
Hours, days, weeks of fierce frustration,
Then the gift to which one would surrender.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 9: Sing of Passions Greater than the Self

Monday, August 7, 2017

For You There Will Be Always Gifts of Beauty

August 8, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is a number poem about how the gift of creativity affects one’s life.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

For you there will be always gifts of beauty,
Opening a window onto Heaven,
Restoring you to innocence and joy.
Though sorrow is for everyone a given,
Yours will be a store you will employ.

So does one blend one’s blessings with one’s duty.
If one has gifts, one by those gifts is driven,
Xerophyte no desert can destroy.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/foryo7.html. For more philosophical poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/philosophicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 8: For You There Will Be Always Gifts of Beauty

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Songs Lend Thought the Persuasive Force of Beauty

August 7, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is artistic creativity.

Today’s poem is a number poem about the power of songs and the difficulty of writing them.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Songs lend thought the persuasive force of beauty,
Enduring longer than the naked word.
Vested in a song, one does one’s duty,
Ever the evangelistic bird.
Nor ought one’s passion strike one as absurd.
The gift of song comes with the gift of yearning,
Years and years of wanting, wishing, burning.

Sing, then, of song, and of its intimate power,
Each singer in the grip of its embrace,
Vividly reworking, listening, learning,
Ever on the ragged edge of grace,
Needing patient urgency to flower.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/songsl.html. For more philosophical poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/philosophicalpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Artistic Creativity
August 7: Songs Lend Thought the Persuasive Force of Beauty

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summer4

August 6, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a calendar poem about the ecstatic joy of summer.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Summer is the zenith of the year:
Upward spring, sweet summer, downward fall.
Maybe life sings like sun-drunk cicadas,
Music drowning beds of squash and taters,
Each tiny creature pouring out its call,
Rejoicing in the joy of now and here.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/linda.html. For more calendar poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/calendarpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2
August 1: August
August 3: Brittany
August 4: Thirty-Five
August 5: Linda
August 6: Summer4

Friday, August 4, 2017

Linda

August 5, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a name poem for a woman who loves long summer afternoons.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Linda loves long summer afternoons.
Inside voices hush, the wind subsides.
Night waits as golden sorrow bathes her heart,
Deep cleansing beneath angry lips of wounds,
Absorbing pain where hunger still abides.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/linda.html. For more name poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/namepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2
August 1: August
August 3: Brittany
August 4: Thirty-Five
August 5: Linda

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thirty-Five

August 4, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a number poem about how deep scars can hide beneath thick summer bloom.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Thirty-five's a whisper in the sunlight
Half-submerged in butterflies and bees.
Intimations run like rutted scars,
Remembrances of wounds beneath delight
Thick with summer bloom like rainbow seas.
Yet night brings on a wild rage of stars.

For what is this ejaculate of light?
In pain and wonder, awe and agony,
Viewing silent, distant ecstasies,
Estranged from love by strong, protective bars.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/35.html. For more number poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/numberpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2
August 1: August
August 3: Brittany
August 4: Thirty-Five

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Brittany

August 3, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a name poem for someone who, in the summer of her life, yearns for childhood innocence.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Residing momently on summer grass:
Innocence remains, but the sun soon
Turns crystal sprites to life-giving tears.
The radiant images of childhood years
Are dancing in the dream light of her moon.
Now she looks with pleasure as they pass,
Yearning for a love that’s ever dawning.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/britta.html. For more name poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/namepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2
August 1: August
August 3: Brittany

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Summer Is a Desert Between Mountains

August 2, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a love poem about a summer separation.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

The summer is a desert between mountains
Lavish with the joys of spring and fall.
I look across that bleak and lonely wasteland,
Seeing no redemption there at all.

I cannot think how I will cross without you
To reach the golden hillsides of my dreams.
I try not to imagine how I'll miss you,
And not to look too hard at what that means.

Time, the enemy of helpless lovers,
Must compensate at last those it bereaves.
I cannot wait until, once more together,
We can share the blaze of turning leaves.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2
August 1: August

August

August 1, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a calendar poem for August about how amid its beauty there are hints of coming darkness.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

August starts to shade a bit towards shade,
Upon the cusp of full tide and retreat,
Grace, poised upon a turning point of time,
Unwilling to welcome what it can’t decline,
Sweet season no foreboding can defeat.
Though evenings earlier begin to fade.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2
August 1: August

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer2

July 31, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is summer.

Today’s poem is a calendar poem about the savagery of nature beneath the slow, tranquil summer days.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Summer lies luxuriant
Underneath a brutal sun.
Mayhem rules the tranquil scene,
Murder nothing can redeem,
Even as days slowly run,
Rich, well-favored, indolent.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/summe2.html. For more calendar poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/calendarpoems.html .

This week’s theme: Summer
July 31: Summer2

More Love Is in My Heart than Any Heaven

July 30, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.

Today’s poem is a name and love poem in which separated lovers share a garden of love.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

More love is in my heart than any heaven--
Angels, God, and saints--can ever hold.
Though we're apart, I have you in my garden,
Touching you as Time turns into gold.
How could our love long last, to darkness driven,
Except we conjure up our own dear Eden,
With pleasures far more fierce than dreams foretold.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/morlov.html. For more love poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/lovepoems.html .

This week’s theme: Gardens
July 27: Twenty-Eight3
July 28: Sixty-Seven2
July 30: More Love Is in My Heart than Any Heaven

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Here We Have a Little Bit of Eden

July 29, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.

Today’s poem is a fourth anniversary poem in which married love preserves the innocence of Eden.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Here we have a little bit of Eden,
An innocence deliberately detained.
Praised be love, that holds the heel of heaven,
Preserving what would else escape from pain,
Yet now renews the heart again, again.

For love depends upon a tended garden
Older than the myth of Adam's fall.
Underneath the usual confusion,
Resisting the implacable illusion
That makes of love a dream beyond recall,
Here it lives within the garden wall.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Gardens
July 27: Twenty-Eight3
July 28: Sixty-Seven2
July 29: Here We Have a Little Bit of Eden

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sixty-Seven2

July 28, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.

Today’s poem is a number poem about a private garden’s public good.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Sixty-seven cultivates her garden,
Invested in the beauty of the Earth.
Xerophyte or hydrophyte, her plants
Thrive heartily, unconscious of their worth,
Yielding grace that lifts life’s loneliest burdens.

So does the private serve the public good.
Each gives gifts to all, for good or ill.
Vision is a gift the garden grants,
Enduring through another’s mind and will.
Nor can one see, except as others would.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Gardens
July 27: Twenty-Eight3
July 28: Sixty-Seven2

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Twenty-Eight3

July 27, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.


I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Twenty-eight enjoys a busy morning
Working unabated in her garden.
Each tiny plant is years away from bloom,
Needing now the gift of ample room
To grow before the ground begins to harden.
Yet there is much to savor in this dawning.

Each year the winter whistles its chill warning,
Inviting her to lay aside her burden,
Glimpse unsought of universal doom.
However, she knows well her inner guerdon:
The passion that each year she will resume.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Gardens
July 27: Twenty-Eight3

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Kathleen Charlotte Angel Passed Away

July 26, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.

Today’s poem is a name poem using a garden to symbolize a lasting spiritual legacy.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Kathleen Charlotte Angel passed away
A year ago, and all her generations
Tend her private garden. Great-grandchildren
Have planted roses there, and will remember.
Love lasts as song, and does not pass away,
Even in the course of generations,
Even when the roses of the children
New bloom within an arbor none remembers.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Gardens
July 26: Kathleen Charlotte Angel Passed Away

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sing of Gardeners, Who Nurture Beauty

July 25, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.

Today’s poem is a number poem in praise of gardeners.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Sing of gardeners, who nurture beauty,
Invested in the source of civilization!
Xerophytes or hydrophytes, their plants
Take root and flourish by their will, not chance,
Yielding a sweet harvest of sensation.

No artist has more exigent a duty
In capturing the radiance of Creation,
Nor one more apt to make the spirit dance,
Earth turned to human song through cultivation.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Gardens
July 25: Sing of Gardeners, Who Nurture Beauty

Sunday, July 23, 2017

There Is a Garden in My Heart

July 24, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is gardens.

Today’s poem is about a spiritual garden in which one can find peace.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

There is a garden in my heart
More beautiful than words,
Filled with subtle scents and shades
And the rhapsodies of birds.

I go there to refill my cup,
Or, when I am alone,
To find my favorite rock and trace
The smile upon the stone.

When the wind blows in my heart,
Stirring up the sea,
I turn my back upon the waves
And return to me.

I sit beside a quiet pool
And gaze down at the sky,
And feel a yearning so complete
I cannot help but cry.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Gardens
July 24: There Is a Garden in My Heart

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Only in the Prison of Perfection

July 23, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is proposing marriage and getting engaged.

Today’s poem is an engagement poem about the importance of mutual need if a marriage is to last.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Only in the prison of perfection,
Needing neither love nor company,
Your body quite dissolved in pure perception,
One oversoul as far as mind can see;
Unattached to meaning or desire,
Redolent of heaven's thin, cold air,
Empty of an all-devouring fire
Nor interested in being more than there;
Granted such a state, what need for marriage?
All there is, is with you all the while.
Gifts of love redound to those who forage
Earnestly, with neither greed nor guile.
May you hunger and find surfeit sweet,
Each separately an angel incomplete,
Needing one another's love to know
The greatest bliss vouchsafed to those below.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Proposing Marriage and Getting Engaged
July 23: Only in the Prison of Perfection

Out of Love Comes All in Life that Matters

July 22, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is proposing marriage and getting engaged.

Today’s poem is an engagement poem about the enormity of the choice to marry.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Out of love comes all in life that matters;
Nor can one love unless one knows one's need.
Years are walls against which passion shatters,
Opening the way for joys that bleed.
Underneath the choice of who is how,
Requiring one again each day to choose,
Embracing a forever ever now,
Not least because one fears what one might lose.
Given its immensity, the choice
Astounds, as blind or provident as fate;
Given its beauty, one can but rejoice,
Evangelist alight before the gate.
More than how one lives is how one loves,
Ever the terrain through which one moves,
Not shaped by fortune, but the work of will,
Though fortune ride the wind for good or ill.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Proposing Marriage and Getting Engaged
July 22: Out of Love Comes All in Life That Matters

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Of Love and Fortune, Happiness and Choosing

July 21, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. This week’s theme is proposing marriage and getting engaged.

Today’s poem is an engagement poem about how the choice to marry goes beyond reason.

I welcome comments on my poems at https://nicholasgordon.blogspot.com.

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Of love and fortune, happiness and choosing:
No reason is enough for such a choice.
You total up the winning and the losing,
Out of which comes no commanding voice.
Underneath the numbers is the need,
Reckless as a snowflake in the wind,
Eden once again by love decreed,
Nor can mere knowledge such sweet hope rescind.
Gifts of grace are given but to those
Amazed enough to step into the light,
Great with wonder at the life they chose,
Embracing it with unabashed delight.
May you choose again each day to love,
Each the gift that does the other move,
Needing always someone who needs you,
That fortune not for one find joy, but two.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Proposing Marriage and Getting Engaged
July 21: Of Love and Fortune, Happiness and Choosing