Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A brief poem: "A Soft Answer"

As a proverb says, "A soft answer turns away wrath." In other words, a gentle response will calm an angry person. I have read that often it is not so much what we say but the way we say it that prompts such varied responses as acceptance and wrath. Here is a brief poem about anger.

from the Bible: Proverbs 15:1 (King James Version)

A soft answer turneth away wrath:
But grievous words stir up anger.

First appeared in Six-Word Memoirs, sixwordmemoirs.com

Monday, March 27, 2017

Devotional: "Tunnels" : The Upper Room

"Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."

So reads Isaiah 41:10 in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Take time to read the devotional for today, "Tunnels" by Sahana Mathias, in the March-April 2017 issue of The Upper Room daily devotional guide. It is a devotional about anxiety and guidance.

The Upper Room is "Where the World Meets to Pray."

"Oak Grove Cemetery" by Don Thompson : American Life in Poetry

Let American poet Don Thompson show you around this cemetery: Oak Grove Cemetery by Don Thompson : American Life in Poetry

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Video: Finding Emily Dickinson in the power of her poetry - NewsHour Poetry Series

Watch this video about American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886): Finding Emily Dickinson in the power of her poetry - NewsHour Poetry Series: Who was Emily Dickinson? A new exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York takes a closer look at the iconic American cultural figure through her poems and the remnants of her life, and finds a less reclusive woman than we thought we knew. Jeffrey Brown reports.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Magdalen Walks" by Oscar Wilde : Poets.org

Read the poem "Magdalen Walks" by Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). It is a joyous exaltation of springtime and rebirth.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Daughters 1900" by Marilyn Nelson : American Life in Poetry

"A front porch is very much like a stage," says American poet Ted Kooser, "and this poem by Marilyn Nelson is like watching a little play." To read this poem, "Daughters 1900" (Column 626), click here.