Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Return to the Sweet Discipline of Faith

May 24, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims which begins on May 27.

Today’s poem is a Ramadan poem about the beauty of following religious ritual.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Return to the sweet discipline of faith!
A ritual is rich in grace and feeling.
Make yourself a servant that you might
Attend with less of will and more of sight,
Doing what is asked, not what's appealing,
Alive with light, free of want and hate.
Nor does one moment pass that is not healing.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Ramadan
May 24: Return to the Sweet Discipline of Faith

Monday, May 22, 2017

Religion Must Touch More than Mind and Heart

May 23, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims which begins on May 27.

Today’s poem is a Ramadan poem about the role of faith in every moment of life.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Religion must touch more than mind and heart.
A living faith must be a way of life.
Mundane tasks done righteously are prayer,
As outer harmony heals inner strife.
Devotion must not be a thing apart,
Applied when turned towards Mecca. Everywhere
Needs passionate delight and humble care.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Ramadan
May 23: Religion Must Touch More than Mind and Heart

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Righteousness Is Not Self-Righteousness

May 22, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims which begins on May 27.

Today’s poem is a Ramadan poem about the distinction between righteousness and self-righteousness.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Righteousness is not self-righteousness,
As it requires a humble, loving heart.
Maybe one is proud that one is faithful
And slowly turns more arrogant than grateful,
Delighting in oneself. But faith is tearful,
Alight with longing and joyful tenderness,
Never whole but as an indigent part.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Ramadan
May 22: Righteousness Is Not Self-Righteousness

How Can Hope Become a Way of Life

May 21, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem is a graduation poem about the wisdom of deferred gratification.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

How can hope become a way of life,
A principle determining one's ends,
Putting what might be before what is,
Postponing pleasure till the sacrifice
Yields the dream--contorted, yes, but real?
Granted, one might choose to live one's life
Removed from all pursuit of distant ends,
Avid for the ecstasy of is,
Desiring neither change nor sacrifice,
Undone by the immediately real.
A moment cannot help but move one’s life
To serve by will or chance enduring ends.
In time one sees will be and was in is,
Opening one's heart to sacrifice,
Needing larger nows to hold what's real.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 21: How Can Hope Become a Way of Life

Friday, May 19, 2017

We Are Upward Bound

May 20, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem is a graduation poem from the graduates to their teachers.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

We are upward bound, the world's bright future,
The generation that will not betray
Its noblest dreams, the things that we've been taught here,
The ways of peace and brotherhood and love.

So as we make this final farewell gesture
And take our leave on graduation day,
Let us thank the teachers that we've found here,
Who must each day be what they hope to prove.

What a gift you've given us -- yourselves!
The best in you, that you might be a sign
To us of what the best in us can be:
Loving, smart, hardworking, fair, and kind.

Your temperament's the well-wrought text that tells
Us more than any lesson you assign.
We become the people that we see
And treasure long the good we leave behind.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 20: We Are Upward Bound

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sometimes a Sacrifice or Two Comes Easy

May 19, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem is a graduation poem from someone who has sacrificed to enable his or her spouse to graduate.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Sometimes a sacrifice or two comes easy:
Love's a very generous reward.
Two people are in equal need quite rarely,
So one becomes the tune and one the chord.
Today I feel immeasurably lucky
To celebrate with you this milestone.
The music in my heart is very lovely.
I watch you from below, but not alone.
I'll always be exactly where you want me,
As I have faith that you will be for me.
No missing paradise will ever haunt me,
For you and I will share our melody.
I'm proud of what you've done and what you'll do.
No one could be more blessed than I with you.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 19: Sometimes a Sacrifice or Two Comes Easy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Graduation's Reason to Rejoice

May 18, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem is a graduation poem for a close friend.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Graduation's reason to rejoice,
Realizing at last a long-sought end.
And so yours gives occasion to my voice,
Delighting in the gift of being friends.
Underneath your pleasure is my pride,
As yours remains the rock on which I stand.
The window through which I can see inside
Is hung upon the mirror in your hand.
One cannot be one without the other,
Nor can we be ourselves without another.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 18: Graduation’s Reason to Rejoice

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Graduation Ought Not Be an End

May 17, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem is a graduation poem about how what one learns is more important than the degree.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Graduation ought not be an end,
Replacing what within we might achieve.
After all, the good that we intend
Does much to serve the good that we receive.
Underneath the mask of a degree
A person must perform with just the skill,
The knowledge and the art that he or she
Internalized through pluck, hard work, and will.
On what we are will rest what we become,
Nor do we have much else to draw upon.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 17: Graduation Ought Not Be an End

Monday, May 15, 2017

Graduation Shouldn't Be Too Easy

May 16, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem encourages students to take demanding courses on their way to a degree.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Graduation shouldn’t be too easy,
Reducing the repute of the degree.
Although some courses might make you feel queasy,
Dreams need stairs to reach reality.
Ultimately, what matters is what you
Are capable of, your knowledge and your skill.
These years are only worth what you can do;
If you can’t, no piece of paper will.
On you is laid the burden of your fate.
Now’s your chance to learn to bear the weight.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 16: Graduation Shouldn’t Be Too Easy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

To the Graduate Whose Life I Share

May 15, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. Since this is a week when many colleges and universities have their graduation ceremonies, the theme for this week is graduation.

Today’s poem is a graduation poem to a spouse.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

To the graduate whose life I share,
On whose success I’ve laid the weight of mine:
The love and gratitude are always there;
However, on such special days they shine.
Enjoy your well-earned pomp and circumstance!
Graduations ought to be bejeweled,
Richly robed, as choreographed as dance,
A paean to a world by wisdom ruled.
Dearest soul, I find my joy in yours.
Underneath my pleasure is your smile.
As you shift your tassel*, my heart soars,
There is no inch of me that’s not applause,
Embracing you in spirit all the while.

*Graduates shift the tassel on their mortar boards, or special graduation hats, from right to left at the moment they are granted their degrees.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Graduation
May 15: To the Graduate Whose Life I Share

A Vase of Flowers in a Window Frame

May 14, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem about how a mother’s love lasts all one’s life.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

A vase of flowers in a window frame.
A house of gentle light amid dark leaves.
An ecstasy so sharp it feels like anguish,
The pull that makes our beeline an ellipse.

No transcendental morning's inspiration
So ravishes the things we never see.
We hear for all our lives a silent music
To which we dance unknowing through our time.

And even when we die, there is a beauty
Older than the cold December stars,
A part of us that waits behind the darkness
To take us once again into its arms.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/avase.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 14: A Vase of Flowers in a Window Frame

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Mother Serves Her Sugar

May 13, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem about a mother’s need to prepare her child for independence.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

A mother serves her sugar with
A bit of peppermint
To clarify the passages
That carry what she meant

When she first set to bear a soul
Quite separate from her own,
Whom she would cherish, yet must teach
To live and die alone.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/amothe.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 13: A Mother Serves Her Sugar

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Mother Casts Her Dreams into the Sea

May 12, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem about motherhood as a kind of immortality.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

A mother casts her dreams into the sea;
We, the words sent bobbing towards the sun,
The eggs of stone, the shards of prophesy.

Because she must conclude her melody
And fall back to the sweet dark hush of One,
A mother casts her dreams into the sea,

Hoping to cross that wild infinity
And on some infant shore again to run,
The eggs of stone, the shards of prophesy

Outside the fiery circle of memory,
The howling surf, the incessant years undone ...
A mother casts her dreams into the sea

And then dissolves into a tapestry,
Her rolling, helpless drift again begun,
The eggs of stone, the shards of prophesy

Afloat once more upon eternity,
Once more the alien fury, never done ...
Again, again, her dreams into the sea,
The eggs of stone, the shards of prophesy!

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothca.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 12: A Mother Casts Her Dreams into the Sea

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Maybe Every Moment's Meant to Be

May 11, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem for a woman whose children miscarried.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Maybe every moment’s meant to be.
One chooses in the dark and takes a path
That leads one to the wonder of what is.
How might one see another’s hand in this?
Each choice was a prediction in the past,
Revealing only what one wished to see.
Here and now remains a mystery.
One watches from one’s rock-bound coast the vast
Ocean of experience and bliss,
Deeper than the heart, wind-sculpted, free.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/mayb15.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 11: Maybe Every Moment’s Meant to Be

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Motherhood Is a Generic Term

May 10, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem about the wide reach of the term “motherhood.”

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Motherhood is a generic term,
One that is applied to more than mothers.
The honorific’s something one can earn,
Having loved in ways that nurture others.
Enduring love for children is a song
Requiring only will for one to sing,
Having well-versed voices sing along
Over time, till one’s bright brood takes wing.
Oh, yes, one can also mother birds,
Dogs, cats, horses, love that needs no words.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/moth15.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 10: Motherhood Is a Generic Term

Monday, May 8, 2017

Maybe When One Enters the Darkened Room

May 9, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem about the extraordinary strength of the emotions of motherhood.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Maybe when one enters the darkened room,
Opening the door in a narrow burst of light,
The child at last blissfully asleep,
Here, now, the furtive kiss upon the cheek,
Exiting slowly, exquisitely quietly, the night
Restored as the door is cracked against the gloom …
Here, now, the freedom, the sense of sheer relief,
One feels the grace of love like an anguished chord,
Oceanic, overwhelming, like grief
Doubled into joy, too real for words.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/mayb14.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 9: Maybe When One Enters the Darkened Room

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Maybe There's a Reason for It All

May 8, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14.

Today’s poem is a Mother’s Day poem about the beautiful music of love.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Maybe there's a reason for it all.
Or maybe not. There doesn't have to be.
The music is enough, a melody
Heard coming from behind the Western Wall,
Echo of enduring ecstasy,
Remnant of a love beyond recall,
So beautiful one must sing harmony.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/mayb13.html. For more Mother’s Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Motherhood
May 8: Maybe There’s a Reason for It All

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Proverbs on Acceptance

May 7, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a set of ten proverbs on acceptance.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

PROVERBS ON ACCEPTANCE

1.     Acceptance is like a calm sea upon which the will can sail smoothly, whereas upon a rebellious sea the will can barely make headway against the wind.
2.     One can accept evil, even one’s own evil, as inseparable from life without surrendering to it, simultaneously embracing those who are evil and vigorously opposing them.
3.     Acceptance of desire – that is, feeling it vividly with neither guilt nor shame – paradoxically frees one from it, so that one need no longer surrender to it or struggle against it, but can simply act according to reason and love.
4.     Acceptance of oneself is like becoming one’s own parent, loving oneself unconditionally while attempting to guide one’s way.
5.     One can either dance across a rock-strewn field or curse the rocks as one stumbles and weaves. To the rocks it is all the same.
6.     One of the least satisfactory things one can do is wish one were doing something else.
7.     One ought not worry about getting what one wants, but rather about wanting what one gets.
8.     The secret of happiness is simple – if one is alive and not in pain, one is happy. But only if one knows it.
9.     The quality of one’s life is determined more by attitude than by altitude.
10.  Acceptance is not acquiescence. What is surrendered is not the will but the heart.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 5: Forty-Seven3
May 6: Forty-Three3
May 7: Proverbs on Acceptance

Forty-Three3

May 6, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a number poem about choosing to see the good in one’s life.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Forty-three has been well served by fortune.
Often, though, the trick is just to know it.
Reasons may abound to feel abused.
To feel blessed is like listening to music,
Yearning to hear the song that one is hearing.

There is in all lives much that is endearing.
How could one not turn to it and choose it?
Remember that sweet choice when life's confused,
Embracing what one has and quick to show it,
Each love one touches with a generous passion.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 5: Forty-Seven3
May 6: Forty-Three3

Friday, May 5, 2017

Forty-Seven3

May 5, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a number poem about accepting even non-acceptance.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Forty-seven contemplates her fate,
Old enough to know just what is what,
Revisiting the windings of the way
That led her to this not-unwelcome state,
Yet yearning now and then for what is not.
So does one listen for the lilt of longing
Even when essentially at peace,
Vested in what one knows will decay,
Enduring, dreaming, suffering, desiring.
Nor would one for one’s soul such music cease.
© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 5: Forty-Seven3

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fortune Leaves No Reason for Regret

May 4, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a number poem about fantasy and acceptance.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Fortune leaves no reason for regret.
In what one has there is unbearable beauty.
For every moment sings with unfelt joy,
Though some would drown their sorrows in self-pity,
Yearning for whatever they can’t get.

Fantasies, of course, continue, yet
One finds good sustenance in their employ,
Uniting hope with fact and dreams with duty,
Rich sense of self that one ought not forget.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 4: Fortune Leaves No Reason for Regret

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Future Selves Are Built on Past Mistakes

May 3, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a number poem about seeing grace even in a painful past.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Future selves are built on past mistakes.
One is the sum of what one was, and yet
Retains a bit of undetermined space,
The power to be different, as the net,
Years on, becomes a filigree of lace.

So might one see that everything has grace,
Including all the pain one would forget,
X-ing out nothing, with nothing to regret.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 3: Future Selves Are Built on Past Mistakes

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fortune Is like Music Minus One

May 2, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a number poem about how one might shape the music of one’s fortune.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Fortune is like music minus one:
One adds one’s voice to what one has been given.
Remember that, in either rain or sun,
The part one plays should be by beauty driven,
Yearning that will one’s whole session run.

So might one’s music mingle pain and joy,
Engaged in harmony that heals the heart,
Vested in what will one’s loved ones buoy,
Embracing truth with all one’s well-honed art.
Nor need one’s fate one’s happiness destroy.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 2: Fortune Is like Music Minus One

Sunday, April 30, 2017

For Those Who Love, Things Tend to Matter More

May 1, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is acceptance.

Today’s poem is a number poem about how life answers one’s embrace.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

For those who love, things tend to matter more.
In paradise, one has much to lose.
Feelings race like birds upon the shore,
Tallying the risks one can’t refuse,
Yearning for what one is free to choose.

Embracing what one is, one has, one loves
Is what evokes an answering embrace.
Glory comes and goes; acceptance proves
Hardier than passion, time, or place,
The silent turn that yields the gift of grace.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Acceptance
May 1: For Those Who Love, Things Tend to Matter More

Lauren

April 30, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is trees in honor of Arbor Day, which was celebrated on April 28.

Today’s poem is a name poem, comparing a woman to a grove of ancient trees.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

Lauren is a grove of ancient trees.
Around her is the hush before the word--
Unfinished, like a fluttering of wings.
Resisting words, she shelters wide-eyed things,
Easy in the twilight, as a bird
Nestles in against a cold, dark breeze.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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

This week’s theme: Trees
April 30: Lauren

Saturday, April 29, 2017

No Matter How We Have Fought, We Will Always Be Sisters

April 29, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is trees in honor of Arbor Day, which is celebrated today, April 28.

Today’s poem is a wedding poem comparing two sisters to two trees planted close together.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

No matter how we have fought, we will always be sisters.
Neither marriage nor distance nor children will change
The frictional fondness, part balm and part blisters,
No dawn can diminish nor passion make strange.

Like two trees with their wrestling roots underground,
Fighting for sun while restraining the wind,
By close and protracted proximity bound,
We've been shaped by a force that no fate can rescind.

And so it's with undaunted pleasure that I
Bid farewell to a part of myself, for I know
That beyond the illusions of what, when, and why,
We'll be together wherever we go.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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

This week’s theme: Trees
April 29: No Matter How We Have Fought, We WillAlways Be Sisters

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Tree Is a Gigantic Hand

April 28, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is trees in honor of Arbor Day, which is celebrated today, April 28.

Today’s poem is an Arbor Day poem about the importance of trees.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

A tree is a gigantic hand
That grips the grateful earth,
Holding it together so that
Seeds might find a home.

Else the soil would turn to sand,
The land of little worth
To those whose favored habitat
Depends on fertile loam.

The tree then filters well the rain
And holds the soil in place,
Feeds it with its fallen leaves
And keeps it moist with shade.

No husbandry could be so sane,
No art so full of grace,
No well-wrought words so apt to please,
No love so well repaid.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/atree2.html. For more poems for Arbor Day, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/arbordaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Trees
April 28: A Tree Is a Gigantic Hand

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

All of Us Can Take Our Cue from Trees

April 27, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is trees in honor of Arbor Day, which falls on April 28.

Today’s poem is an Arbor Day poem about modeling our behavior on the behavior of trees.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

All of us can take our cue from trees,
Relating only symbiotically,
Becoming just what those who need us need
Out of need for all that they can give.
Remember: Without trees we could not breathe.
Dependence rests on dual dependencies,
As birds who seek their shelter sow their seeds.
Yet we destroy the friends we need to live.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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

This week’s theme: Trees
April 27: All of Us Can Take Our Cue from Trees

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Tree Is like a Frozen Dancer

April 26, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is trees in honor of Arbor Day, which falls on April 28.

Today’s poem is an Arbor Day poem about the beauty of trees.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

A tree is like a frozen dancer,
Redolent with grace,
Branches poised dramatically,
Open arms in place.
Revel in its patient passion,
Durable delight,
A deep and quiet ecstasy
Yearning for the 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/atreei.html. For more poems for Arbor Day, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/arbordaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Trees
April 26: A Tree Is like a Frozen Dancer

Monday, April 24, 2017

For Someone Who Devotes His Life to Trees

April 25, 2017

Dear Subscriber:

Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is trees in honor of Arbor Day, which falls on April 28.

Today’s poem is a number poem for a forest ranger.

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

Yours,

Nick Gordon

For someone who devotes his life to trees,
Of whom it may be said he does much good,
Rejoicing in the natural harmonies
That come from land with no one else to please,
Yielding grace instead of wheat or wood.

© by Nicholas Gordon

Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/forso2.html. For more poems for Arbor Day, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/arbordaypoems.html .

This week’s theme: Trees
April 25: For Someone Who Devotes His Life toTrees