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Farsi Poems

 

When we start talking about poetry from the Middle East, and about Farsi poems in particular, I can't help but think of Rumi. Now for those who are unfamiliar with poetry from that region of the world, let me start out by telling you about Rumi -- one of the most influential poets among the Muslims of central Asia. Rumi, or ...

Poems on Trees

 

When someone mentions the topics of trees and poetry, probably every single one of us thinks about Joyce Kilmer's, Trees. Most American high school students have raised their eyebrows at first hearing Kilmer's quaint little poem. Many of those students have gone on to write comical parodies of Kilmer's highly recognized work, poking fun at both the poem and any ...

Water Poems

 

The ancient Greeks believe that there were four principle elements of which everything in the universe was derived from: earth, wind, fire and water. This belief was the cornerstone of much of philosophical thought for over two thousand years, so it should be no mystery that water has become a major poetry topic. Add to that the reality that much of ...

Rod McKuen Poems

 

Not everyone can go from being an 11 year-old runaway to an internationally recognized poet and songwriter. Yet, Rod McKuen did just that. Although he never really garnered many accolades for his musical performances, his song writing netted over 1,500 songs and the sale of over 100 million record albums. In the poetry realm, McKuen began publishing books of poetry in ...

Humorous Poems

 

The words from Ecclesiastes remind us that there's a time weep and a time to laugh. Yesterday's articles were more somber, dealing with the reality of death and the emotions that such losses bring to us. Today focuses on the second half of that line from Ecclesiastes, a time to laugh. I'd guess that love has been the most common topic ...

Poems on Environment

 

I won't ever claim to have been a 'hippy' who lived in a commune and shared homegrown veggies and microbiotic meals with my brothers and sisters, but I did participated in many of the early Earth Day activities in the mid-70s. A biology major at the time, I had become keenly aware of the problems of ...

Memorial Poems

 

Part of the reality of life is death. It is unavoidable. How we deal with death is often reflected in song, poetry, and prose. As noted in my earlier post, Poems About Loss, expressing our grief through poetry has likely been a common practice since the beginnings of language. It's interesting to see how each culture handles the subject of death. ...

Poems About Loss

 

Some of us aren't very good about talking about loss. In many of our modern, sophisticated cultures, we've forgotten how to deal with loss -- grieving is a underdeveloped concept. We are actually too busy to grieve and deal with loss. Mostly when we talk about 'loss' our thoughts go to the death of family members or friends or people we knew ...

Australian Poetry

 

Australia is one of those places on my 'bucket list' of places to visit. I travel frequently to the Philippines, and the "land down under" is just a couple more hours away by air, but as of yet I haven't managed a visit. My son, on the other hand, spent an entire month in Darwin along the northern coast. He had ...

Winter Poems

 

[caption id="attachment_3690" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bai Juyi - Chinese Poet[/caption] Each of the four seasons has found itself the topic of many essays, songs and poems. I remember as a young college student in the mid-1970s, hearing the lyrics of John Denver's Season Suite caused me to be more aware of the impact of each seasonal change. Being a biology major during ...