“The greatest thing, he said, was presence To be yourself in your own time, to stand up That poetry was precision, raw precision Truth and compassion: genius” —from “Mine Own Phil Levine” by Dorianne Laux
“And in the political dark, I light small, frail lights about peace and hold them up in the whirlwind.” — From The Hidden Ground of Love by Thomas Merton / Shamelessly stolen from Pastor Michael Moore
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” –Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Poems allow us to be faced with the human condition of doubt. At every linebreak is a moment in which we cannot be completely certain of what has happened or what will happen. And then we begin a new line; that beginning is an enactment of faith, of finding out that the world has not … More An enactment of faith
“Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. You’re doing just fine.” ― Charlotte … More Struggle
“Inspiration is the unforseen quality, the muse that assails at the hidden hour.” — Patti Smith, Devotion Happy birthday, Patti!
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire