Some poetry for a Sunday

Continuing our lazy Sunday chat.

Robert Frost – Five poems

Wanda Coleman (RIP) – My Car

Nikki Giovanni – We Are Virginia Tech

Maya Angelou – His Day Is Done

Not poetry, but poetic: James Baldwin – The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity

Langston Hughes – I, Too, Sing America

T.S. Eliot – Little Gidding

Enjoy, everyone.

97 Responses to “Some poetry for a Sunday”

  1. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    January 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Ramya Ramana, the New York City Youth Poet Laureate, delivered the poem “New York City” at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony.


  2. 10 amk for obama
    January 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    January 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hey, Lib_L, thanks for this post! I understand poetry better than I ever will music.

  4. 14 vcprezofan2
    January 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Where’s Dudette – has she gone off on vacation again?

  5. January 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  6. 19 amk for obama
    January 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

  7. 20 utaustinliberal
    January 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    The cool kids are watching Downton Abbey Season 4.

    The not cool kids?…Oh well. See you in two hours.

  8. 27 GGAIL
    January 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    LL, most excellent choices!
    I’ve loved them all since early young adult life. Nikki G!!! James!!! Maya!!! Robert!!!

  9. 30 vcprezofan2
    January 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Phenomenal Woman – M. Angelou

  10. 33 vcprezofan2
    January 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    This has been a longtime favourite of mine = Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so very much, VC! Loved it.

      • 35 vcprezofan2
        January 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        YVW, JO’B. I think I’ve always loved it because of both the simplicity and the profundity of the message, wrapped so beautifully (IMO) in such vivid imagery.

    • January 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Langston Hughes, he is one of my favorite poets of the Harlem Renaissance….

      A Dream Deferred….A Negro Speaks of Rivers….but this is my favorite….I too Sing America….

      • 40 vcprezofan2
        January 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

        Yes, I am familiar with “I Too Sing America” though I’d never seen it ‘illustrated’. In fact, I’d never seen any of the poems (I) shared here on video before because it never occured to me to look online for them. O, except for the Angelou poems.

  11. 41 vcprezofan2
    January 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    This next one has been following me around for decades – had to memorize it in high school and it won’t go away. 😀

    • January 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      This is one from my cough: earlier years….hahaha

      • 43 vcprezofan2
        January 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        This is a new one for me, PF. Not too sure I like the accompaniment – a bit distracting for me. I like my poetry straight. 😛

        • January 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

          yes…I can understand that…I like going to the spoken word cafés here in Philly…where some of the poetry is set to music.

          I write poetry and short stories myself..,,, I am encouraging my granddaughter to write poetry as well…she is pretty good….enlightening in fact…

          • 45 vcprezofan2
            January 5, 2014 at 11:13 pm

            ‘I write poetry and short stories myself….’

            TOD is certainly a village of many talented individuals, with strengths that cover so many areas!

  12. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    How I’m keeping myself amused, while snowed in (with an outside temp. of 2 degrees F and getting lower):

    1. Every time the phone rings, I answer it, “Snow Desk.”


    • 47 vcprezofan2
      January 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      😆 😆 😆 As Chips might say, ‘you are a dote’, JO’B!

      • 49 jacquelineoboomer
        January 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        Just remembered where I got that. Earlier in my career working as a civilian for the Navy, when I was a Commanding Officer’s secretary, he was the ONLY one to grant administrative leave (where everybody got to go home or stay home without using their vacation time) for things like inclement weather. If we were already at work and anticipating the snow would cause rough driving – or that the local township would advise that everyone get off the roads – I’d be at my desk and be getting endless phone calls from department heads and others, including all my close buddies who thought I’d know, to see if we were being let go. So, I finally started answering the phone, “Snow Desk.”

        2. I shall spend the next minute or so, resolving never to tell this story again on TOD.
        3. Back to Downton Abbey.

  13. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  14. 52 utaustinliberal
    January 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

  15. January 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    A little something special for all of you ….

    … and, never forget ….

    Yes WE MUST

  16. 57 HZ
    January 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    LL, can we have “I Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes. Love his writings. Thank you LL. This is a lovely way to relax with poetry.HZ

    • 62 Cindy
      January 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Hi HZ, I was looking for you,
      Thank you for the beautiful feedback. I am glad that you took time to see and feel your beauty that surrounds you; work a little, enjoy a little, stop and smell the coffee and immerse yourself into cleaning. At first it seems like a job, but the beauty pops up and reminds us that we do not have to rush through life. The grasshopper that we miss, the trees that blows the cool breeze, and then we remember; in the small things there is such beauty that takes our breath away. How blessed we are to see and feel the sunshine.

      On Thursday, for some reason I wanted a pair of shoes (DSW). There was no reason to buy them and I complained because I couldn’t get to the store (DSW). As I was leaving Whole Foods Market, there sat a man in front of the exit door; no legs and one arm (a vet), I stopped immediately and gave him all that I had on me in cash. When I drove off, I cried for him, knowing that he had served this country. I was upset for not buying my shoes until I saw this man who had no feet, legs, and one arm. Then I said a grateful prayer with tears rolling down my face; I have the use and activity of all of my limbs, thank you Lord that you have given me good health.

      So don’t stop taking time out to embrace the beauty while we can. I hope that you will have a blessed and awesome week as we start this New Year. HAPPY NEW YEAR HZ!!!

      • 63 HZ
        January 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        Cindy, (((((((((((((( Loving hugs))))))))))))))). Your comments moved my heart to tears. Thank you for sharing, Cindy. A wonderful and blessed New Year to you as well. HZ

  17. January 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    OK everyone, off to write. Behave yourselves.

  18. 65 mtmarilyn
    January 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    LL, you are educating all of us that are poetic illiterate. I know the names of the poets but I don’t listen to there poems, thank you for the beautiful education.

    • 66 mtmarilyn
      January 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Should be read their poems or listen and should be their not there. These auto correct drive me crazy.

  19. 67 dotster3
    January 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm

  20. January 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  21. 69 desertflower
    January 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Anyone watch 60 Minutes tonight? They must’ve done something stupid regarding clean energy because Mike Grunwald is pushing back… he knows what he’s talking about. He wrote the book on what this admin. has done for clean energy…


  22. January 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Intriguing suggestion 😉

  23. 77 Eveingeorgia
    January 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I have just learned that the name Mitt Romney gave his adopted son is Celtic for “black” or ” dark-skinned.”

    Is that a compliment, a realistic appellation, or a tongue-in-cheek joke? Why is a pin-ball bouncing around in my brain, because I simply don’t understand why?

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      None of us would ever understand the Romney mind, I’m thinking. It’s his grandson, so it would have been one of his sons and his wife – I guess – who named the baby. Unreal, in either case.

    • January 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Eve, I’ve noted this on three separate occasions as it is a profoundly UGLY act by the Romneys and should have been the focus, all along, if one truly had the child’s interests at heart ….

      … but, for me, the bottom line is …

      Yes WE MUST

      • 80 Cindy
        January 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        The only word that comes to mind for the Mitts naming this child is = UGLY, it was insensitive and it doesn’t feel like they cared, or maybe they are just stupid.

      • 81 jacquelineoboomer
        January 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        I think your second tweet is it, Bob. This is all a distraction to keep us from the important things we’re fighting for, some of which you mentioned! #Forward

        • January 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

          Agree, Jacqueline. However, I think we all realize how egregious it is to use a child for any agenda, and that child has been ‘used’ extensively. Just imagine the day that child is an adolescent or adult and has to deal with the legacy created for it, starting with being labeled with ‘BLACK.’

          We are witnessing real EVIL – the only evil that actually exists in the known universe, the evil done by a person to another.

    • 85 vcprezofan2
      January 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Though I have said nothing on this subject previously, I’ll answer you, Eve, and say I think it’s both #2 & #3 – a realistic appellation and a tongue-in-cheek decision. The little boy is black and he is now a Romney, so realistically he is now legally Dark/Black Romney. Do you think the Romneys are clever enough to have elaborately plotted that? I wonder if the new parents simply liked the name Kieran (I have met Kierans who were white – in fact all the ones I’ve met have been white) and didn’t really place any importance in its meaning. I wonder also if maybe one Romney knew the meaning and with tongue-in-cheek suggested/encouraged the choice. Yes I believe they are mean-spirited and small-minded re the 47% yet it’s hard for me to credit any of the Romneys with the cleverness to deliberately choose such a ‘subtle’ name. Having said that, I don’t think anyone can convince me that they did not adopt that young man as a ‘prop’, to serve their purpose. The fact that they made a thing of presenting Kieran to ‘the world’, instead of welcoming him quietly to the family tells me all I need to know. Plus, I really do not see the Romneys being caring about anyone but themselves and their kind. Maybe if they adopt a second multiracial child it will change my mind.

  24. January 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    bbl … time to prepare some dinner …. 🙂

  25. 88 4morefor44
    January 5, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    ah, some dots are being connected for me as i hear about this latest “60 minutes” propaganda piece. a couple days ago i heard a story on n.p.r. suggesting that the incredible stock market rise in recent years (i.e. under president obama) is probably just another bubble similar to the 1990s one under clinton. it was all negative about the stock market breaking records.

    it struck me as odd, and of course they never mentioned the economy boomed the last time the wealthy had to pay a little more in taxes and lower income people were given a little more help, which was that same 1990s time period. in fact, that supposed terrible bubble in the 1990s was soon followed by the first budget surplus since ronald reagan destroyed america’s economy with the trickle-down theory put into overdrive practice.

    so tonight it looks like we’re witnessing the birth of their next insane talking point, with a big assist from “60 minutes.” it’ll go something like this, if it hasn’t started already: “the massive stock market gains under president obama are just a big bubble, led by his pet “green energy” businesses which he has handed a billion dollars of taxpayer dollars.”

    just one more attempt to take away another accomplishment of the obama administration. glad to see thinkprogress, michael grunwald, and others are trying to combat the craziness.

    • 89 Cindy
      January 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      I believe that this will be the worse attack year for the President as he inches closer to the finish line of his last term. It’s time to prepare our minds mentally as we go into the slaughter house of lies in 2014. Ultimate goal, we must give the President a Congress and Senate that is ready to work for the people.

      • 90 4morefor44
        January 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        yes, winning the upcoming midterm elections is all that matters right now. all focus should be on presidential election obama-level campaigning, and no energy/time should be spent on the silly little media reindeer games. as the man says, FORWARD!

    • 91 99ts
      January 5, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      If 60 minutes keeps it up – they will put themselves out of business – the truth has well disappeared from any “political” stories they might tell.

      • 92 4morefor44
        January 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm

        i don’t think people such as the koch brothers would mind at all if the traditional “60 minutes” or any actual journalism died forever.

  26. 94 carolyn
    January 5, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for the poetry LL. I love poetry, and college students love it. Robert Frost…..Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou…..so many wonderful poets….and so many new ones.

    I had the privilege of seeing Robert Frost when I was in college. He read his poems to a large group of us……I particularly liked “Birches.”…..the last line is: “one could do worse than be a swinger of birches.”

    During the reading someone asked him to explain the “meaning” of a particular poem……..he stopped…..said he didn’t explain….he wrote them for us to find the meanings we chose.

    Another great short poem is Fire and Ice: “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire………but………”

    I asked one of my classes which they preferred…..the prose short stories we’d read, or the poetry. They said “Poetry”. I asked them why and their reply was that “You can walk around in poetry. There’s just one meaning in prose.” I always loved that…..”You can walk around in poetry.”

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      My takeaways:

      *find the meanings we chose*

      *you can walk around in poetry*

    • 96 4morefor44
      January 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      omg. first i learn that dotster was at the last show performed by buddy holly/ritchie valens/big bopper, and now i learn that you were in the presence of robert frost?!?! that must of been incredible. such interesting histories amongst TODers!

  27. 97 No Child Left Behind
    January 5, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    One wacko out…

    First on CNN: Liz Cheney, whose bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary, sources told CNN’s John King.

    Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, began telling associates of her decision over the weekend and could make an announcement about the race as early as Monday.

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