Forgiveness: Phase One | Dilruba Ahmed — My Pastoral Ponderings #Poem #Poetry #Forgiveness

Once again, My Pastoral Ponderings offers a wonderful poem that I’ve never read before and that ministers life to my soul as part of his Poem of the Week series. Forgiveness of others and ourselves is such a powerful, freeing gift, and yet, one we struggle mightily to give freely. Such a rich post and … More Forgiveness: Phase One | Dilruba Ahmed — My Pastoral Ponderings #Poem #Poetry #Forgiveness

Another Invitation to Hope #Poem #Poetry #Hope #Metaphor #Dandelion #LiselMueller

Today we revisited Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope” is the thing with feathers as we explored how metaphor helps us better understand the abstract concepts of life like love, joy, anger, and hope. Dickinson’s extended metaphor comparing hope to a bird always reminds me of the following poem by Lisel Mueller, where she expands that single … More Another Invitation to Hope #Poem #Poetry #Hope #Metaphor #Dandelion #LiselMueller

In Defense of Imagination: A Sonnet from My Daughter #Poem #Poetry #Sonnet #Imagination #Fairies #Daughter

To close the year, let me share with you one gift my daughter shared with me this Christmas as a charge for the new year. Along with a copy of Wendell Berry’s This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems, Ethney gave me a beautiful sonnet inspiring us to nurture our imaginations and feed the fires … More In Defense of Imagination: A Sonnet from My Daughter #Poem #Poetry #Sonnet #Imagination #Fairies #Daughter

Mary Oliver Mondays: Thoughts on Coming Winter #Poetry #Winter #Darkness #MaryOliver

In the midst of my series of Advent Tankas, I still wanted to share this Mary Oliver gem that I read a few weeks ago thanks to an email thread I receive at work. Though the snows have already arrived here in Grove City, it’s not until Wednesday that Winter officially begins. As we head … More Mary Oliver Mondays: Thoughts on Coming Winter #Poetry #Winter #Darkness #MaryOliver

The Kitchen Table: The Savory Wisdom of Joy Harjo #Poetry #KitchenTable #EndoftheWorld #JoyHarjo

Thanksgiving may have passed, but may the life found around the kitchen table never end! To my delight, I came across this Joy Harjo poem today and knew immediately that I needed to share this deepening place. There’s good earth here and Harjo’s profound realism and imagery invites us all to savor every sweet bite … More The Kitchen Table: The Savory Wisdom of Joy Harjo #Poetry #KitchenTable #EndoftheWorld #JoyHarjo

I Hear Walt Whitman Singing: O Me! O Life! #Poetry #Life #USA #Whitman

I just couldn’t sit on this one, even if Walt Whitman Wednesdays sounds catchy. I’ve known this poem since I first heard it years ago in the movie Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams. A fellow AP English teacher I’ve followed for the past two years shared it in her post this week (along with … More I Hear Walt Whitman Singing: O Me! O Life! #Poetry #Life #USA #Whitman

Mary Oliver Mondays: Snow Geese #Poetry #Geese #Birds #Busyness #Fall #MaryOliver

Fall and Mary Oliver today. From a wonderful collection of poetry titled Why I Wake Early. Admittedly, waking early isn’t in my vocabulary, save for the demand my job puts upon me as a high school English teacher. But for sights such as these, I would race the sun out of bed, “[t]o love what … More Mary Oliver Mondays: Snow Geese #Poetry #Geese #Birds #Busyness #Fall #MaryOliver

Wendell Berry Wednesdays: Be Present #Poetry #Vacation #Present #WendellBerry

Wendell Berry never ceases to amaze me. Here, I am reminded of the hours my father spent behind one of those old clunky VHS camcorders of the late 1980s. Rather than taking part in our family vacations, he served as video historian and ended up watching us and everything we experienced through a small lens, … More Wendell Berry Wednesdays: Be Present #Poetry #Vacation #Present #WendellBerry

The Quintessential Poem for the Season #Poetry #Autumn #Romantic #JohnKeats

This poem needs no introduction. As the temperatures dropped to the high fifties on Friday and I slipped into one of my favorite hoodies, I knew Autumn had arrived. No better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than to read “To Autumn” by John Keats. Grab a cup of hot cider, sit down … More The Quintessential Poem for the Season #Poetry #Autumn #Romantic #JohnKeats