A Conversation With a Dark Foe

By Tonny Wandella Depression, you again depression! You sneak in like a thief, Stealing some of my joy and peace and hope, Leaving only grief. You wrap yourself around me, A heavy cloak of blue, Dragging me down to the depths, Where I cannot break through. Your darkness seeps in like a creeping vine, WrappingContinue reading “A Conversation With a Dark Foe”

Unlocked Classics: 2022 and the Public Domain

by John Since the beginning of 2019, opens a new window, a new set of books has come into the public domain, opens a new window on the first day of every calendar year. No longer possessing copyright, these works may be freely reprinted and directly interpreted without payment to or permission from the authors or their estates. ThisContinue reading “Unlocked Classics: 2022 and the Public Domain”

Monadnock in Early Spring

By Amy Lowell Cloud-topped and splendid, dominating all    The little lesser hills which compass thee,    Thou standest, bright with April’s buoyancy,Yet holding Winter in some shaded wallOf stern, steep rock; and startled by the call    Of Spring, thy trees flush with expectancy    And cast a cloud of crimson, silently,Above thy snowy crevices where fall    PaleContinue reading Monadnock in Early Spring

O Captain! My Captain!

By Walt Whitman O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;       But O heart! heart! heart!         OContinue reading O Captain! My Captain!

Songs for the People

By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Let me make the songs for the people,   Songs for the old and young;Songs to stir like a battle-cry   Wherever they are sung. Not for the clashing of sabres,   For carnage nor for strife;But songs to thrill the hearts of men   With more abundant life. Let me make the songsContinue reading Songs for the People

The Slave Mother

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Heard you that shriek? It rose So wildly on the air, It seemed as if a burden’d heart Was breaking in despair. Saw you those hands so sadly clasped– The bowed and feeble head– The shuddering of that fragile form– That look of grief and dread? Saw you the sad, imploringContinue reading The Slave Mother

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

By Eugene Field Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night   Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—Sailed on a river of crystal light   Into a sea of dew.“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”   The old moon asked the three.“We have come to fish for the herring-fish   That live in this beautiful sea;   Nets of silver and gold have we,”            SaidContinue reading Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

The Tyger

By William Blake Tyger! Tyger! burning brightIn the forests of the night,What immortal hand or eyeCould frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skiesBurnt the fire of thine eyes?On what wings dare he aspire?What the hand, dare sieze the fire? And what shoulder, & what art,Could twist the sinews of thy heart?And whenContinue reading The Tyger

A Jelly-Fish

By Marianne Moore Visible, invisible,A fluctuating charm,An amber-colored amethystInhabits it; your armApproaches, andIt opens andIt closes;You have meantTo catch it,And it shrivels;You abandonYour intent—It opens, and itCloses and youReach for it—The blueSurrounding itGrows cloudy, andIt floats awayFrom you. Public Domain Poem from http://www.poets.org Check our conqueror.blog to help you conquer life!