Spotlight Poetry – Heat – A poem by Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

© Amanda Phipps, Heat, 2014

Heat by Hilda Doolittle

O wind, rend open the heat,
cut apart the heat,
rend it to tatters.

Fruit cannot drop
through this thick air—
fruit cannot fall into heat

that presses up and blunts
the points of pears
and rounds the grapes.

Cut the heat—
plough through it,

turning it on either side
of your path.

Poem Attribution © Hilda Dooliitle, Heat

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/heat

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Painting Attribution © Amanda Phipps, Heat, 2014

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Spotlight Poetry – Sea Fever – A poem by John Masefield

© Adele Gibson, I must go down to the sea, 2020

Sea Fever by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
 
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
 
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Poem Attribution © John Masefield, Sea Fever

Source Attribution https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poems/sea-fever/

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Painting Attribution © Adele Gibson, I must go down to the sea, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – Natural Music – A poem by Robinson Jeffers

© Terry Gregoraschuk, Voices, 2018

Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers

The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers,
(Winter has given them gold for silver

To stain their water and bladed green for brown to line their banks)
From different throats intone one language.
So I believe if we were strong enough to listen without

Divisions of desire and terror
To the storm of the sick nations, the rage of the hunger smitten cities,
Those voices also would be found

Clean as a child’s; or like some girl’s breathing who dances alone

By the ocean-shore, dreaming of lovers.

Poem Attribution © Robinson Jeffers, Natural Music,

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/natural-music-2/

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Painting Attribution © Terry Gregoraschuk, Voices, 2018

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Spotlight Poetry – Daisies – A poem by Andrew Young

Daisies by Andrew Young

The stars are everywhere tonight,
Above, beneath me and around;

They fill the sky with powdery light
And glimmer from the night-strewn ground;
For where the folded daisies are
In every one I see a star.

And so I know that when I pass
Where no man’s shadow counts the hours
And where the sky was there is grass
And where the stars were there are flowers,

Through the long night in which I lie
Stars will be shining in my sky.

Poem Attribution © Andrew Young, Daisies

Source Attribution https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/daisies-5

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Painting Attribution © Kathy Cousart, Sky Full of Stars, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – maggie and milly and molly and may – A poem by E. E. Cummings 

© Julia Pinkham, Flotsam, (Date Unstated)

maggie and milly and molly and may by E. E. Cummings 

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

Poem Attribution © E. E. Cummings, maggie and milly and molly and may

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/maggie-and-milly-and-molly-and-may 

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Painting Attribution © Julia Pinkham, Flotsam (from On The Beach series), (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – Miracles – A poem by Walt Whitman 

© Maria A, Miracles of Nature, 2019

Miracles by Walt Whitman 

Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,

Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,

Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,

Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;

These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,

Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the
ships with men in them,

What stranger miracles are there?

Poem Attribution © Walt Whitman, Miracles

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/miracles

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Painting Attribution © Maria A, Miracles of Nature, 2019

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Spotlight Poetry – from Endymion – A poem by John Keats

© Vladimir Misyts, Beauty of Nature, 2012

from Endymion by John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing

A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways

Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon

For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
‘Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,

Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:

An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.

Poem Attribution © John Keats, from Endymion, (A Poetic Romance – excerpt)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44469/endymion-56d2239287ca5

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Painting Attribution © Vladimir Misyts, Beauty of Nature, 2012

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Spotlight Poetry – Secret Music – A poem by Siegfried Sassoon

© Iren Krum, Music is Life, 2007

Secret Music by Siegfried Sassoon

I keep such music in my brain
No din this side of death can quell;

Glory exulting over pain,
And beauty, garlanded in hell.

My dreaming spirit will not heed
The roar of guns that would destroy

My life that on the gloom can read
Proud-surging melodies of joy.

To the world’s end I went, and found
Death in his carnival of glare;

But in my torment I was crowned,
And music dawned above despair.

Poem Attribution © Siegfried Sassoon, Secret Music

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Painting Attribution © Iren Krum, Music is Life, 2007

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Spotlight Poetry – Ah! Sunflower – A poem by William Blake

Ah! Sunflower by William Blake

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:

Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done. 

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: 
Arise from their graves and aspire, 
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.

Poem Attribution © William Blake, Ah! Sunflower

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43649/ah-sun-flower

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Painting Attribution © Olha Darchuk, Sunflowers in the Wind, 2019

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Spotlight Poetry – She Walks in Beauty – A poem by George Gordon, Lord Byron

She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon, Lord Byron

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 mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Poem Attribution © George Gordon, Lord Byron, She Walks in Beauty

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43844/she-walks-in-beauty

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Painting Attribution © Frederic Leighton, Flaming June, 1895

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