From the Library of W.E.B. DuBois

…..And Not to Yield

Daughters and Rebels

Along the Way

The Revolutionists

The Noble Voice

Along the Way

South of God

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dVerse prompt to write a poem with titles of books. This poem is written from some of the titles of the books of W.E.B. DuBois on the shelves of his home in Accra, Ghana.

From the Library of W.E.B. DuBois

Mother of Horses

Oh my mother

mother of permanence

mother of mothers

mine is equestrial

run out there & today gentle

mother ///// mother

you are not the mother negated

ride ///// prance ///// divine

content & discontent

with me ///// with Him

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NaPoWriMo prompt to use a poem from a different language and write a poem based on its sound and rhythm (not a translation). I used a poem from the Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca.

Mother of Horses

My Red Wheelbarrow

I wheeled my red wheelbarrow

filled with poppy and lupine

past three horses pasturing

past the wind-warped madronas

past the heron and the wren

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NaPoWriMo prompt on the poets who have had an impact on our poetry writing. These are images from three of my favorite poets—

Line 1. William Carlos Williams

Line 2-3. Robinson Jeffers

Line 4-5. Theodore Roethke

My Red Wheelbarrow

Eye

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made them both.  Proverbs 20:12

perception of the eye

not just what it sees

optical illusions trick of the eye

paralex vision 

nearsighted

perception of the eye

what is there that is not seen

yet it is clear

knowing the invisible

God’s eye

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NaPoWriMo prompt from Theodore Roethke poem In a Dark Time – “In a dark time, the eye begins to see…….”

Eye

Now

The world filled with the unfinished

a little of this a little of that

books unread a poem not complete

part time religious commitment

try on this or that

Better to begin your one foolish project
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Toads prompt – review a favorite poem

Poetry by RUMI – These Spiritual Window Shoppers FourSeasonsProductions on youtube

Now

The Pen and the Plow


similar in shape not size

both cut deep without reprieve

over land and paper furrows go

“never an easy way”

before setting pen or plow

“find out the nature of the place”

does it require corn or grapes

in that yet unbroken ground

“take command over the fields”

so plant other crops

burn off the empty field

change is good now get to work

fling dung and ashes

shout away the birds

“call down rain with your prayers”

let the crosswise story be told

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NaPoWriMo – write a georgic

Quotes are Virgil translated by Robert Wells

The Pen and the Plow