Feeding the Birds By John Kaufman for W.S. Merwin Here in the city we try to remember the birds, offering seed to nourish nothing but flight and song. We have sown plants and trees to nullify the lawn and streets a little, restore the forest and farms. And when the gulls fly by I always … Continue reading Feeding the Birds: a poem
Welcome to American Life in Poetry. For information on permissions and usage, or to download a PDF version of the column, visit http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org. ****************************** American Life in Poetry: Column 498 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Here’s a lovely poem for this lovely month, by Robert Haight, who lives in Michigan. Early … Continue reading American Life in Poetry Column 498 by Ted Kooser
As someone who likes to saunter and sit along shores, I was pleased to learn via Oceana that tomorrow, Sept. 6th, has been declared World Shorebirds Day, a celebration which includes a global shorebird count. The group that created the day was founded by a Hungarian bird conservationist named Gyorgy Szimuly, and the website can be … Continue reading Celebrating World Shorebirds Day
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Went for a walk today along the river. Took my camera.
Beauty and Truth Windows let in spring's bare light, the early drab before leaf and petal glamorize the season. I must refrain from reason now-- this art a beautiful indirection that gets somewhere somehow, that lets virtue bloom, crocuses gaudily there. To be moved by presence made excessive, a thing come true. John Kaufman