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A favourite poem?

Post by Genevieve Lavington » 30 May 2018, 16:16

I have so many favourite poems, poems I've learnt by heart, poems that I found at a certain point in my life, poems that speak to me about those quiet things that live between souls. I found a new favourite today, its called 'invitation to love' and it seems so soft and gentle, so full of hope.

Invitation to Love
BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or come when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars
Drops on the hay-field yellow.
Come in the twilight soft and gray,
Come in the night or come in the day,
Come, O love, whene’er you may,
And you are welcome, welcome.

You are sweet, O Love, dear Love,
You are soft as the nesting dove.
Come to my heart and bring it to rest
As the bird flies home to its welcome nest.

Come when my heart is full of grief
Or when my heart is merry;
Come with the falling of the leaf
Or with the redd’ning cherry.
Come when the year’s first blossom blows,
Come when the summer gleams and glows,
Come with the winter’s drifting snows,
And you are welcome, welcome.


Do you have any favourite poems?

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Post by Moniluv1 » 31 May 2018, 12:19

This is a beautiful poem. It personally reminds me of my life. I can tell the writer put a lot of thought in the poem while writing.

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Post by Social Butterfly » 01 Jun 2018, 12:55

I love this poem. Makes me reflect on all the love I've got in my life. Wow!

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Post by palilogy » 11 Jun 2018, 12:20

One of my favorite poems - I'm hoping to memorize it one day =)

The circle game
BY MARGARET ATWOOD

i

The children on the lawn
joined hand to hand
go round and round

each arm going into
the next arm, around
full circle
until it comes
back into each of the single
bodies again

They are singing, but
not to each other:
their feet move
almost in time to the singing

We can see
the concentration on
their faces, their eyes
fixed on the empty
moving spaces just in
front of them.

We might mistake this
tranced moving for joy
but there is no joy in it

We can see (arm in arm)
as we watch them go
round and round
intent, almost
studious (the grass
underfoot ignored, the trees
circling the lawn
ignored, the lake ignored)
that the whole point
for them
of going round and round
is (faster
slower)
going round and round


ii

Being with you
here, in this room

is like groping through a mirror
whose glass has melted
to the consistency
of gelatin

You refuse to be
(and I)
an exact reflection, yet
will not walk from the glass,
be separate.

Anyway, it is right
that they have put
so many mirrors here
(chipped, hung crooked)
in this room with its high transom
and empty wardrobe; even
the back of the door
has one.

There are people in the next room
arguing, opening and closing drawers
(the walls are thin)

You look past me, listening
to them, perhaps, or
watching
your own reflection somewhere
behind my head,
over my shoulder

You shift, and the bed
sags under us, losing its focus

there is someone in the next room

there is always

(your face
remote, listening)

someone in the next room.


iii

However,
in all their games
there seems
to be some reason

however
abstract they
at first appear

When we read them legends
in the evening
of monstrous battles, and secret
betrayals in the forest
and brutal deaths,

they scarcely listened;
one yawned and fidgeted; another
chewed the wooden handle
of a hammer;
the youngest one examined
a slight cut on his toe,

and we wondered how
they could remain
completely without fear
or even interest
as the final sword slid through
the dying hero.

The next night
walking along the beach

we found the trenches
they had been making:
fortified with pointed sticks
driven into the sides
of their sand moats

and a lake-enclosed island
with no bridges:

a last attempt
(however
eroded by the water
in an hour)
to make
maybe, a refuge human
and secure from the reach

of whatever walks along
(sword hearted)
these night beaches.


iv

Returning to the room:
I notice how
all your word-
plays, calculated ploys
of the body, the witticisms
of touch, are now
attempts to keep me
at a certain distance
and (at length) avoid
admitting I am here

I watch you
watching my face
indifferently
yet with the same taut curiosity
with which you might regard
a suddenly discovered part
of your own body:
a wart perhaps,

and I remember that
you said
in childhood you were
a tracer of maps
(not making but) moving
a pen or a forefinger
over the courses of the rivers,
the different colours
that mark the rise of mountains;
a memorizer
of names (to hold
these places
in their proper places)

So now you trace me
like a country’s boundary
or a strange new wrinkle in
your own wellknown skin
and I am fixed, stuck
down on the outspread map
of this room, of your mind’s continent
(here and yet not here, like
the wardrobe and the mirrors
the voices through the wall
your body ignored on the bed),

transfixed
by your eyes’
cold blue thumbtacks


v

The children like the block
of grey stone that was once a fort
but now is a museum:

especially
they like the guns
and the armour brought from
other times and countries
and when they go home
their drawings will be full
for some days, of swords
archaic sunburst maces
broken spears
and vivid red explosions.

While they explore
the cannons
(they aren’t our children)

we walk outside along
the earthworks, noting
how they are crumbling
under the unceasing
attacks of feet and flower roots;

The weapons
that were once outside
sharpening themselves on war
are now indoors
there, in the fortress,
fragile
in glass cases;

Why is it
(I’m thinking
of the careful moulding
round the stonework archways)
that in this time, such
elaborate defences keep
things that are no longer
(much)
worth defending?


vi

And you play the safe game
the orphan game

the ragged winter game
that says, I am alone

(hungry: I know you want me
to play it also)

the game of the waif who stands
at every picture window,

shivering, pinched nose pressed
against the glass, the snow
collecting on his neck,
watching the happy families

(a game of envy)

Yet he despises them: they are so
Victorian Christmas-card:
the cheap paper shows
under the pigments of
their cheerful fire-
places and satin-
ribboned suburban laughter
and they have their own forms
of parlour
games: father and mother
playing father and mother

He’s glad
to be left
out by himself
in the cold

(hugging himself).

When I tell you this,
you say (with a smile fake
as a tinsel icicle):

You do it too.

Which in some ways
is a lie, but also I suppose
is right, as usual:

although I tend to pose
in other seasons
outside other windows.


vii

Summer again;
in the mirrors of this room
the children wheel, singing
the same song;

This casual bed
scruffy as dry turf,
the counterpane
rumpled with small burrows, is
their grassy lawn
and these scuffed walls
contain their circling trees,
that low clogged sink
their lake

(a wasp comes,
drawn by the piece of sandwich
left on the nearby beach
(how carefully you do
such details);
one of the children flinches
but won’t let go)

You make them
turn and turn, according to
the closed rules of your games,
but there is no joy in it

and as we lie
arm in arm, neither
joined nor separate
(your observations change me
to a spineless woman in
a cage of bones, obsolete fort
pulled inside out),
our lips moving
almost in time to their singing,

listening to the opening
and closing of the drawers
in the next room

(of course there is always
danger but where
would you locate it)

(the children spin
a round cage of glass
from the warm air
with their thread-thin
insect voices)

and as we lie
here, caught
in the monotony of wandering
from room to room, shifting
the place of our defences,

I want to break
these bones, your prisoning rhythms
(winter,
summer)
all the glass cases,

erase all maps,
crack the protecting
eggshell of your turning
singing children:

I want the circle
broken.

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Post by Cher432 » 26 Aug 2018, 07:04

This a poem by a Korean poet roughly translated into English.

The Visitor

Meeting someone in life is
something that is actually astonishing.
That's because he brings himself
with his past, present and future.
That is because someone's
whole life comes along.

The heart is fragile.
Therefore, it might have been broken.
That heart is coming, too...

Jeong Hyeonjong (2009)

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Post by Sweetp120 » 10 Oct 2018, 22:38

there are soooo many poems that I love but 'A Dream within a Dream' by edgar allen poe is one of my all time favorites I also love the one by John Boyle O'Reilly entitled 'A White Rose'. there are honestly more that I could dote on but tonight those are the two that I find on my mind the most besides the one I keep close to my heart entitled 'Footprints in the Sand' by Mary Stevenson.
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Post by Noraine Alissa Poria » 11 Oct 2018, 02:12

It's a spoken word poetry by a guy named niel, I forgot his last name. The poem is OCD, it is really, really good.

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Post by Farida Bali » 17 Oct 2018, 00:08

Hard to say. My favourite poet is Warsan Shire, so anything by her. Her book 'Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth' gives me life. I also really like 'There's a Certain Slant of Light' by Emily Dickinson; I know the poem by heart.

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Post by jibby9 » 21 Oct 2018, 12:57

"The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot--breathtaking, beautiful, sad, and solemn. I adore this poem! I'm also a die hard Emily Dickinson fan with "My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun" and "I heard a Fly Buzz" as my faves.

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Post by Jsovermyer » 22 Oct 2018, 14:29

A line from a poem by Robert Browning has stuck with me since high school - "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" This has always made me try harder.

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Post by sarahmarlowe » 17 Nov 2018, 14:34

This is my favorite poem. I have reworked "Innisfree" so that it fits on my personalized license plate! This poem is very soothing and full of beautiful imagery. The message that I love, though, is that we can take peace with us wherever we go. We don't have to go to a certain place to find it.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
W. B. Yeats, 1865 - 1939

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
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Post by JVIRK » 18 Nov 2018, 22:31

One of Erin Hanson's for sure. But I wouldn't or rather couldn't choose.

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