Category Archives: Poetry

Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman

— Loveliest of Trees by A.E. Housman Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not … Continue reading

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That’s All That I Remember

Incident by Countee Cullen (1903 – 1946) Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee, I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Now I was eight and very small, And he was no whit bigger, And so … Continue reading

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Mother to Son

Writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Rockhound website: https://southwestrockhounding.com Mother to Son by Langston Hughes Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no … Continue reading

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One Girl by Sappho

One Girl by Sappho, translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Christina Rossetti’s (internal link) brother translates a lyric from,”The Isles of Greece! Where burning Sappho loved and sung.” One Girl Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough, Atop … Continue reading

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Caliban in the Coal Mines

Caliban in the Coal Mines By Louis Untermeyer 1885- 1877 God, we don’t like to complain— We know that the mine is no lark— But—there’s the pools from the rain; But—there’s the cold and the dark. God, You don’t know … Continue reading

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Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill”

Writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Rockhound website: https://southwestrockhounding.com Christina Rossetti’s “Uphill” Christina Rossetti was a brilliant and strongly Christian poet. If this poem is too religious for you, check my previous post on Rosetti’s “Remember,” (internal link) hauntingly delivered by the Irish … Continue reading

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More Kipling

“Tommy” by Rudyard Kipling (read by Tom O’Bedlam) — My rockhounding site: https://southwestrockhounding.com (external link) My writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com (external link)

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Richard Dawkins Reads A.E. Housman

Richard Dawkins Reads A.E. Housman From Poems that Make Grown Men Cry, Anthony and Ben Holden, ed., Simon and Schuster, Limited (2015) This video was for the UK’s National Poetry Day in 2014: https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/previous-years/ (external link) Turn on the close captioning. … Continue reading

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More From A.E. Housman

Confoundingly beautiful, brilliant and cynical, Housman’s poetry compares to little else. (internal link) It is a tragic world he sings of but his song is so sweet that we must listen. The following are random snippets, you can find his … Continue reading

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How A Poet Looks at The World

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman. — A poem should be part of one’s sense of life. — A poem is a meteor. — The world is a force, not … Continue reading

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