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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: I Have Not Lingered In European Monasteries

by Leonard Cohen I Have Not Lingered In European Monasteries and discovered among the tall grasses tombs of knights who fell as beautifully as their ballads tell; I have not parted the grasses or purposefully left them thatched. I have … Continue reading →

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Those Emergency Blues: A Note about Alan Sullivan

Nearly two years ago, the poet and blogger Alan Sullivan died. His final project, a new translation of the Book of Psalms, has been published. The translation can be ordered here. His collaborator and advisor on this translation, Seree Zohar, was kind enough to send me a note to tell me this, and to gently . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: A Note about Alan Sullivan

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LV: If You Forget Me

If You Forget Me

I want you to know one thing.

You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window, if I touch near the fire the impalpable ash or the wrinkled body of the log, everything carries . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LV: If You Forget Me

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LVIV: The Curate Thinks You Have No Soul

Was thinking, by-the-by, about some dogs I have loved, and how I get along with (and like, if truth be known) dogs better than most people. So sentimentalism be damned: here’s a dog poem.

St John Lucas was an early 20th century anthologist of poetry and friend and mentor to Rupert Brooke.

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Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LVIII: And You as Well Must Die, Belovèd Dust | Edna St. Vincent Millay

You sometimes forget about authors. They sort of fall out of your head. Expect more Millay in the future.

And You as Well Must Die, Belovèd Dust

And you as well must die, belovèd dust, And all your beauty stand you in no stead; This flawless, vital hand, this perfect head, This body . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LVIII: And You as Well Must Die, Belovèd Dust | Edna St. Vincent Millay

Fusing and Musing: Poem of the day

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Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, . . . → Read More: Fusing and Musing: Poem of the day

Those Emergency Blues: A Poem for Easter

My own, with at least Easterish themes of death and rebirth. Originally published on 7/10/10.

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You came to us, no vital signs, no breath Found dead, or nearly so, by the mall You last saw cars, careening carts, a child. Then falling, hard pavement, blood, a void empty Of consciousness when help . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: A Poem for Easter

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LI

Easter in Pittsburgh

Even on Easter Sunday jungle of lilies and

ferns fat Uncle Paul who loved his liquor

so would pound away with both fists on the

when the church was a stone pulpit shouting

sin sin sin and the fiery fires of hell

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Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems L

Yes, the fiftieth edition of Favourite Poems. You might wonder why a blog about nurses and nursing (and some other stuff, but mostly nursing) does poetry. The answer is simple: because nursing is far more than all the mundane tasks we need to do to care for our patients. Poetry by its nature forces you . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems L

Fusing and Musing: Poem of the day

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I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny blue hands, no, your hands are not tiny they are small, and the fountain is in France where you wrote me that last letter and I answered and never heard from you again. you used to . . . → Read More: Fusing and Musing: Poem of the day

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLVIII

In Winter in My Room

In Winter in my Room I came upon a Worm – Pink, lank and warm – But as he was a worm And worms presume Not quite with him at home – Secured him by a string To something neighboring And went along.

A Trifle afterward A . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLVIII

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LXVII

A poem for a Saturday morning. Just because.

To Winter

O winter! bar thine adamantine doors: The north is thine; there hast thou built thy dark Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.

He hears me not, but o’er the yawning deep Rides heavy; his . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems LXVII

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLVI

Winter Night

It snowed and snowed, the whole world over, Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned.

As during summer midges swarm To beat their wings against a flame Out in the yard the snowflakes swarmed To beat against the window pane

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Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLV

An Old Man’s Winter Night

All out of doors looked darkly in at him Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars, That gathers on the pane in empty rooms. What kept his eyes from giving back the gaze Was the lamp tilted near them in his hand. What kept him from remembering . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLV

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLIV

To a Locomotive in Winter

Thee for my recitative, Thee in the driving storm even as now, the snow, the winter-day declining, Thee in thy panoply, thy measur’d dual throbbing and thy beat convulsive, Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel, Thy ponderous side-bars, parallel and connecting rods, gyrating, shuttling at thy sides, . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLIV

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLIII

Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Now winter nights enlarge The number of their hours, And clouds their storms discharge Upon the airy towers. Let now the chimneys blaze, And cups o’erflow with wine; Let well-tuned words amaze With harmony divine. yellow waxen lights Shall wait on honey love, While youthful revels, masques, and courtly . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLIII

Those Emergency Blues: Poem for a Saturday

I am really pleased to offer another poem by Michèle Katrina Thorsen. I have a couple more to offer over the next while.   my dreams of your recovery died waiting in windows, at last disbelieving the roar of medical swank; the unraveling, dazzling myth of an exquisite, impossible) remission. — Michèle Katrina Thorsen Filed under: Michèle […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Poem for a Saturday

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLII

Two poems on the theme of Autumn. Autumn Valentine In May my heart was breaking- Oh, wide the wound, and deep! And bitter it beat at waking, And sore it split in sleep. And when it came November, I sought my heart, and sighed, “Poor thing, do you remember?” “What heart was that?” it cried. […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLII

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLI

She Walks in Beauty She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow’d to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impair’d […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XLI

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XL

For the fortieth poem in the series, something a little different. Okay, not seasonal, but what the hell. (The Simpsons’ classic version can be found here.) Filed under: Favourite Poems, Random Thoughts Tagged: Poe, poems, poetry . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XL

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XXXIX

The story of how Coleridge came to write this famous poem is probably too well known to bear repeating (but nonetheless is found here, for example.) I have sometimes wondered if one could write a poem considered (maybe) one of the ten or twenty greatest in the English language intoxicated with opium; I know there […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XXXIX

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XXXVIII

Because everyone, even nurses, deserve poetry. Silent Noon Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass,– The finger-points look through like rosy blooms: Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms ‘Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass. All round our nest, far as the eye can pass, Are golden kingcup-fields with silver […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XXXVIII

Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XXXVII

The Apocalypse having been postponed yet again — well, I tend to think sometimes we’re living it anyway. The Second Coming Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Favourite Poems XXXVII