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 ...

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. ...