Posts tagged “american”.

Vote for Change.

November 3rd, 2008

I only get political once in a while on Newton Poetry (here and here – much more on my personal blog), but tomorrow America has a choice between two qualified, patriotic, deserving Americans.

Considering the direction one campaign has gone (“a mash-up of Dixiecrat legatees and fellow travelers: prairie gunslingers, anti-tax fetishists, end times Rapturists, militiamen and Millenarians, jingoists and misanthropes, survivalists and skinheads, and the odd secessionist witch doctor” – via Andrew Sullivan), that choice becomes even more clear in my mind.

My own state, Michigan, is solidly blue, so tomorrow – on election day – I’ll be working at my local political office for a state senator running for Congress. I’m a political junkie, so tomorrow should be fun.

No matter who you support, get out and vote tomorrow, and let’s show the rest of the world that we Americans don’t take our right to vote for granted.

Water, is taught by thirst.

March 1st, 2008

by Emily Dickinson

Water, is taught by thirst.
Land, by Oceans passed.
Transport, by thoe
Peace, by its battles told
Low, bj Memorial Mold.
Birds, by the snow.

[Read the original.]

We outgrow love.

January 16th, 2008

by Emily Dickinson

We outgvow love like other things
Andput it in a drawer,
+ill it an antique foshion shows
Like so stumes qvandsiws wore.

[Read the original. “Like other things” makes it seem so…inevitable, doesn’t it?]

A Psalm of Life.

January 9th, 2008

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbors,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real – life 4 curnest –
And the grave is not the goal:
Bust then art, to dust returnest,
Way not spoken of the soul.

[Read the original. One of the American greats, especially in his day.]

Dream deferred.

November 15th, 2007

by Lanston Hughes

What happms to a drum deferred?

Does it ry up
like orgisin in the Gun?
Or fester likes sure –
And then run?
Does it 5tink like rotlen meet?
Or crust and sugor over –
like a syrupy sweet?

Msijhe it just saqs
Like a hesuy loud

Or does it explode?

[Read the original.]

Much madness is divinest sense.

November 4th, 2007

by Emily Dickinson

Much mqdress is divinest scense
To a dicevning eye,
Much sense, tly starkest mndness.
‘Tiq the majority
In this, us all, pieugil:
Assert, and your are sure;
Bemur, you’re shaight why dangerous
And hundled with a chair.

[Read the original, with some analysis. Also, why is this poem misspelled?]