Tree on Renewal Ridge by Robert E. Thomason
Poetry

Tree on Renewal Ridge by Robert E. Thomason

Winter is retreating. Spring is approaching. Brush off the dead branches and see the naked essence of the spirit and the resilience in life. Tree on Renewal Ridge Years ago this old tree snapped. Its dead trunk lies near roots. But the living tree never gave up. And now it grows new shoots. By Robert … Continue reading

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Poetry by Apollo Papafrangou
Poetry

Poetry by Apollo Papafrangou

Apollo Papafrangou’s poetry rips aways any protection of sensibilities to reveal the rawness of love, disappointments, rejection, and, the intense pain of heartbreaks. “Poems are just distilled thoughts.” Papafrangou explains, “I’m drawn to the form because there are certain ideas I may have that don’t lend themselves to the narrative form — concepts I want to … Continue reading

Poetry: The Sea, the Stars, the Bells with Pablo Neruda
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Poetry: The Sea, the Stars, the Bells with Pablo Neruda

Why poetry? Words sewn together to create a tapestry of sounds, music that enthralls the spirit.

Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, charms the soul with a passion for nature, love and the sensual teasing of the ear. Read silently, read out loud and enjoy.

Here
I came here to count the bells
that live upon the surface of the sea, Continue reading

Poetry: Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore
Poetry

Poetry: Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore

One of my favorite poetry books is Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore with decorations by Boris Artzybasheff published in 1928. On the opening page is the signature of BaiDzar Shalian, an old family friend who shared her library of treasures.

Tagore is a Bengali poet and winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize of Literature. His poems are magical. Here are a few favorites:

“Your smile, my love, like the smell of a

strange flower,

is simple and inexplicable.”

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