Valentine Day Poems

Today is Valentines Day! I actually don’t know how to celebrate it and no one does in our grade, but in English class, our teacher read a few Valentine Poems to us. There was a few of them that I like, so I am putting them here. The first one is the classic one by […]

Song by Adrienne Rich Analysis

Song You’re wondering if I’m lonely: OK then, yes, I’m lonelyas a plane rides lonely and levelon its radio beam, aimingacross the Rockies*for the blue-strung aislesof an airfield on the ocean You want to ask, am I lonely?Well, of course, lonelyas a woman driving across countryday after day, leaving behindmile after milelittle towns she might […]

Comparing Blessing and War Photographer

Blessing is a poem written by Imtiaz Dharker in 1989 from a typical Mumbai slum scene. War Photographer is written by Carol Anne Duffy in 1985, inspired by her photographer friend who recently returned from a war-torn foreign country. The two poems use techniques that are sometimes similar and sometimes widely different. Overall, the images […]

War Photographer

by Carol Anne Duffy In his dark room he is finally alone with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows. The only light is red and softly glows, as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a Mass. Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh. All flesh is grass. He has a […]

An Abandoned Factory, Detroit

To see the poem on the original website The gates are chained, the barbed-wire fencing stands,An iron authority against the snow,And this grey monument to common senseResists the weather. Fears of idle hands,Of protest, men in league, and of the slowCorrosion of their minds, still charge this fence. Beyond, through broken windows one can seeWhere […]

In Malaysia by Mary Oliver

   Moonlight   washes the red tiles   and the white walls    the streets   are cool at last   after the great    heat of the day   the gardeners   have all gone home    leaving the lawns   perfect   the ocean    rises   sighing   dragging its sleeves    of light and litter   along the shore   in the distance […]

Tanka Try!

I hate flowershiding from sunshinebut thenI found the one in the shadeis me I placebooks in the lumber roomsuddenlytake them outunable to leave the memories

A Series of Tanka by Kala Ramesh

   love   is an oasis   you say…   or does our thirst   play tricks on us?   surfing through   channels of thought   I tune into   the lingering memory   of mother’s favourite saris   she lights   the bronze lamp   each morning   a new day for mother to love   her Goddess, all over again   a hundred lies   just to cover  […]