Tuesday, March 30, 2010

" At Least—To Pray—Is Left—Is Left— " by Emily Dickinson

At Least—To Pray—Is Left—Is Left—
by Emily Dickinson
At least—to pray—is left—is left—
Oh Jesus—in the Air—
I know not which thy chamber is—
I'm knocking—everywhere—

Thou settest Earthquake in the South—
And Maelstrom, in the Sea—
Say, Jesus Christ of Nazareth—
Hast thou no Arm for Me?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"The Gentlest Lady" by Dorothy Parker

The Gentlest Lady
by Dorothy Parker

They say He was a serious child,
And quiet in His ways;
They say the gentlest lady smiled
To hear the neighbors' praise.

The coffers of her heart would close
Upon their smallest word.
Yet did they say, "How tall He grows!"
They thought she had not heard.

They say upon His birthday eve
She'd rock Him to His rest
As if she could not have Him leave
The shelter of her breast.

The poor must go in bitter thrift,
The poor must give in pain,
But ever did she get a gift
To greet His day again.

They say she'd kiss the Boy awake,
And hail Him gay and clear,
But oh, her heart was like to break
To count another year.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"The Flaw In Paganism" by Dorothy Parker

The Flaw In Paganism
by Dorothy Parker
Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Rain Music" by Joseph Seamon Cotter

Rain Music
by Joseph Seamon Cotter
On the dusty earth-drum
Beats the falling rain;
Now a whispered murmur,
Now a louder strain.
Slender, silvery drumsticks,
On an ancient drum,
Beat the mellow music
Bidding life to come.
Chords of earth awakened,
Notes of greening spring,
Rise and fall triumphant
Over every thing.
Slender, silvery drumsticks
Beat the long tattoo–
God, the Great Musician,
Calling life anew.

Friday, March 19, 2010

"Sanctuary" by Dorothy Parker

by Dorothy Parker
My land is bare of chattering folk;
The clouds are low along the ridges,
And sweet's the air with curly smoke
From all my burning bridges.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"After Rain" by Alfred Noyes

After Rain
by Alfred Noyes

Listen! On sweetening air
     The blackbird growing bold
Flings out, where green boughs glisten,
     Three splashes of wild gold.

Daughter of April, hear;
     And hear, O barefoot boy!
That carol of wild sweet water
     Has washed the world with joy.

Glisten, O fragrant earth
     Assoiled by heaven anew,
And O, ye lovers, listen,
     With eyes that glisten, too.

Friday, March 12, 2010

"I Would Live In Your Love" by Sara Teasdale

I Would Live In Your Love
by Sara Teasdale

I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea,
Borne up by each wave as it passes, drawn down by each wave that recedes;
I would empty my soul of the dreams that have gathered in me,
I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul as it leads.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"A Prayer in Time of War" by Alfred Noyes

A Prayer in Time of War
by Alfred Noyes
Thou, whose deep ways are in the sea,
Whose footsteps are not known,
To-night a world that turned from Thee
Is waiting at Thy Throne.

The towering Babels that we raised
Where scoffing sophists brawl,
The little Antichrists we praised
The night is on them all.

The fool hath said . . . The fool hath said.
And we, who deemed him wise,
We who believed that Thou wast dead,
How should we seek Thine eyes?

How should we seek to Thee for power
Who scorned Thee yesterday?
How should we kneel, in this dread hour?
Lord, teach us how to pray!

Grant us the single heart, once more,
That mocks no sacred thing,
The Sword of Truth our fathers wore
When Thou wast Lord and King.

Let darkness unto darkness tell
Our deep unspoken prayer,
For, while our souls in darkness dwell,
We know that Thou art there.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

"One Perfect Rose" by Dorothy Parker

One Perfect Rose
 by Dorothy Parker

A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet -
One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.